Arthur Jack Dierolf

Arthur Jack Dierolf passed away peacefully Dec. 13, 2018, at the age of 93 from natural causes. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a longtime resident of Ridgecrest since 1956.

Jack, as he was known to his family and friends, was born in Rock Island, Ill., Sept. 14, 1925, as the second of three children to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Dierolf.

Toward the end of WWII, Jack met his wife, Kathryn “Kay” Laura Dierolf (Jacks), while he was home on furlough from the U.S. Army. After a yearlong courtship they were married on July 20, 1946. They started a family in Rock Island, where Jack completed his education and Kay was a full-time mother. During this time they had their first child, Linda.

In 1956 Jack accepted a position at the Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS), China Lake, as a chemist, and the family relocated to Ridgecrest. During this time their second child, Jeffrey, was born.

Jack worked for what then became known as the Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS), China Lake, until 1991, when he retired as a computer analyst. His family does not recall him missing a single day of work in his 35 years of working on the China Lake base.

Jack’s wife of 67 years, Kay, passed away in 2013. He has missed her dearly these past five years.

Jack is survived by his two children, daughter Linda L. Hinson (Charles), and son, Jeffrey J. Dierolf, both of Ridgecrest; four grandchildren, Tristana N. Casey (Owen), whom he raised, of San Diego, Lesley K. Sailor of Johns Creek, Ga., Katie Lemon and Artie Dierolf, both of Ridgecrest; and great-grandson Logan Q. Sailor of Johns Creek, Ga.

A memorial service will be provided by Holland & Lyons Mortuary on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Desert Memorial Park, Ridgecrest.

Jack was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

— Submitted by the family of Arthur Jack Dierolf

Story First Published: 2018-12-21