J. William Dieker

J. William Dieker

CHAMPAIGN – J. William (Bill) Dieker, 81, of Champaign, formerly of Quincy and Danville, passed away at 12:45 p.m. Friday (June 8, 2012) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign. Monsignor Mark Merdian will officiate. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 11, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, with a rosary at 4:30 p.m.

Bill was born Dec. 19, 1930, in Quincy, a son of John H. and Alvena Ohnemus Dieker. He married Norma J. Sullivan on Sept. 13, 1952. She survives.

Also surviving are a son, James W. Dieker (Diana) of Champaign, and a daughter Julie Dieker Lohmeier of Clarendon Hills; and four grandchildren, Jeffrey Dieker of Champaign and Jennifer, Michael and Jason Lohmeier of Clarendon Hills.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Robert Dieker; a brother, Floyd (Virginia) Dieker of Shelbina, Mo.; and two sisters, Juanita (LeRoy) Rischar of Colfax and Drucilla Dieker of Quincy.

Bill graduated from Notre Dame High School of Quincy, attended Quincy University and graduated from the University of Illinois.

He served in the U.S. Army's Counter Intelligence Corps during the Korean Conflict.

As an employee of Doane Agricultural Services, his working career included managing and appraising farms for seven years throughout North East Missouri and West Central Illinois.

He and his family then moved to Danville, and he served as a fieldman for the Eastern Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association. Bill worked with a group of about 200 cooperating farmers for five years in analyzing their records and helping them with their income tax returns.

Bill started the Farm Management Department at the First National Bank in Champaign in 1966 where he worked for more than 28 years in managing, appraising and later buying and selling farm land in East Central Illinois.

Over the years, he was active in several professional organizations and served as president of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers in 1989. In 2005, he was honored with that organization's Hall of Fame award.

He was a vice president and regional manager for First of America Ag Services (now PNC) at the time of his retirement.

He was involved with numerous other organizations, most of which involved a leadership position. These included: lector for more than 30 years and member of the Finance committee in the formative years of St. Matthew parish; Exchange Clubs-local, district, and national levels; Knights of Columbus (3rd and 4th degrees); Champaign-Urbana Serra Club; and Catholic Charities.

Bill appreciated the farmers and farm owners he had the opportunity to work with for almost 40 years.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Drive, Champaign, IL 61821.

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