Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home

123 Newlin Street, Port Lavaca, TX


Ernest B. Dierlam

October 16, 1920August 25, 2019

Ernest B. Dierlam, 98, of Port Lavaca passed away August 25, 2019. He was born October 16, 1920 in Seadrift to Charles N. and Martha Elizabeth Dierlam. Ernest served in the U.S. Army during WWII with the 88th Engineers and received the bronze star from General Patton on the battle field. He was an avid fisherman, loved woodworking, and enjoyed time with his family. He is survived by his daughter, Viola Radford (Tony); son, Ernest G. Dierlam (Laurie) of Port Lavaca; grandchildren, Tony Radford Jr. and Evan Dierlam; great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Patrick and Cassandra Radford, Jade Radford Pool and Lauren Radford; and great-great-grandchildren, Lilly Tomlinson Radford Gibson and Joseph “Joey” Radford. He was preceded in death by his wife whom he married October 23, 1945, Jessie Dierlam; parents; brothers, Carl “Vernon” Dierlam and Charles Lester “Cardy” Dierlam; and granddaughter, Kay Radford. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 9:30 – 10 a.m. at the Assembly of God in Seadrift with funeral services to begin at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Seadrift Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the Calhoun County Veterans Joint Honor Guard. Pallbearers are Jesse Cortez, Tad Dio, Tommy Stanfield, Patrick Radford, Manuel Aguilar, and Donny Baker. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.richardsoncolonial.com.


  • Jessie Cantu Dierlam, Wife (deceased)
  • Charles N. Dierlam, Father (deceased)
  • Martha Elizabeth Gaines Dierlam, Mother (deceased)
  • Viola Radford, Daughter
  • Tony Radford, Son-in-law
  • Ernest G. Dierlam, Son
  • Laurie Dierlam, Daughter-in-law
  • Carl "Vernon" Dierlam, Brother (deceased)
  • Charles Lester "Cardy" Dierlam, Brother (deceased)
  • Tony Radford Jr., Grandchild
  • Kay Radford, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Evan Dierlam, Grandchild
  • Tiffany Radford, Great Grandchild
  • Patrick Radford, Great Grandchild
  • Cassandra Radford, Great Grandchild
  • Jade Radford Pool, Great Grandchild
  • Lauren Radford, Great Grandchild
  • Lilly Tomlinson Radford Gibson, Great-Great-Grandchild
  • Joseph "Joey" Radford, Great-Great-Grandchild

  • Jesse Cortez
  • Tad Dio
  • Tommy Stanfield
  • Patrick Radford
  • Manuel Aguilar
  • Donny Baker


  • Visitation Thursday, August 29, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, August 29, 2019


Ernest B. Dierlam

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David Murff

August 28, 2019

We send our deepest condolences and we thank God for a man that was not only a good father but a part of the greatest generation who fought for our freedom in WWII.
David & Peggy Murff and family