John Henry Dimke
John Henry Dimke
John Henry Dimke, Clarkston, WA, rancher, age 59, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 18. He is survived by his mother, Aulene Dimke Anderson; his sister Darlene Howell; his wife Janice; his daughters, Monica and husband Aaron Dewitt, and Kit; his son, Mitch and wife Molly; and his four granddaughters, Alex, Rylee, Sydney and Charlie.
Dimke was born in Lewiston on Jan. 14, 1949. Raised in Clarkston, he graduated from Clarkston High School in 1967 and then attended Lewis-Clark State College. The following year, he married Janice, his perfect match, even 40 years later.
After a brief stint as a dispatcher for the Clarkston Police Department, Dimke served the following 20 years as the truck foreman at Guy Bennett Lumber Co. Each spring, he spent his time assisting and encouraging his children, and later his granddaughters with their 4-H and FFA projects, especially raising steers for the Asotin County Fair. This is where he developed his love of cattle. For the past 25 years, Dimke diligently and painstakingly built his herd of Angus cattle, known as Dimke Angus Ranch, first as a hobby, then as his profession. He was a member and served on the board of directors of the Washington Angus Association and the American Angus Association. A celebration of his life was held Jan. 10 at the Presbyterian Church in Clarkston.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Asotin County Fair Livestock Committee, to benefit the 2009 4-H and FFA Livestock Sale, at P.O. Box 392; or to Tri-State Memorial Hospital Foundation at P.O. Box 99402.
You are invited to share memories and sign the online guestbook at www.merchantfunrealhome.com.