John Dirks

Born: Wed., Jul. 24, 1929
Died: Thu., Jul. 5, 2012


Visitation

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Jul. 08, 2012
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Mon., Jul. 09, 2012
Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church


Funeral Service

10:30 AM Mon., Jul. 09, 2012
Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church


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In Loving Memory Of

John Henry Dirks

John Dirks, the son of Franklin and Dena (Rosenboom) Dirks, was born on July 24, 1929 on a farm near Little Rock, IA. He grew up on the farm and attended country school.  He entered the U.S. Army in 1951 and served in Germany until his Honorable discharge in 1953. John was united in marriage to Betty Peterson on January 17, 1954 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN.  After their marriage they lived with his parents in Beaver Creek, MN. In 1956 they moved to a farm near Badger Lake near Iona then later to a farm near Avoca. In 1963 they moved to a farm near the Pfingsten Church and in 1975 they moved into Fulda. He worked for the City of Fulda with the City Maintenance retiring in 1995 but worked part time for the city after his retirement.  John remained at home after Betty passed away in March of 2004.  John passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2012 the age of 82 in Fulda, MN.  He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Fulda, MN.  John also belonged to the Fulda American Legion Post 318 and VFW Post 9017.  He enjoyed working and loved to keep busy. He also spent many hours fishing with his nephews Lloyd and Larry Reemts and his fishing buddy Larry Nelson.  He also enjoyed going to the Murray County Speedway and watering the track.  John was always happy when he had his family and friends around him.

Survivors include his three children Sharon Staples of Slayton, MN, Brad (Sue) Dirks of Redwood Falls, MN and Wendy (Jerry) Peterson of Mitchell, SD; two grandchildren, Brian Dirks of Fargo, ND and Katy Dirks of Brookings, SD; sisters-in-law, Edna Dirks of Luverne, MN and Donna Lee of Worthington, MN and brother-in-law, Doug (Donna) Peterson of Austin, MN.  He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, son-in-law, Doug Staples, sisters, Katie, Ann, Dora, Mira and Fanny and brothers, Ben and Franklin.

Funeral Services

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Fulda, MN at 10:30 AM on Monday, July 9, 2012 with the Rev. Shawn Etheridge and Rev. Jeff Lee co-officiating.  The organist is Irene Wahl. The soloist is A.W. Koopman.  The pallbearers are Lloyd Reemts, Mike Dirks, Kevin Dirks, Scott Lee, Robert Reemts and Larry Heger.  Honorary pallbearers are Larry Nelson and his nephews.  Interment is at Prairie Hill Cemetery Fulda, MN.  Military honors provided by the Fulda VFW Post 9017 and American Legion 318.

Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 6 PM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fulda and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday.  The Totzke Funeral Home in Fulda is assisting the family with arrangements.  

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patrick staples
   Posted Fri July 06, 2012
was a shock for me to hear aunt sharon may my prayers and thoughts always be with you now and forever as you, your sister wendy and brother brad remember all those great memories that you share together. love you always pat,monica, jerome and andrea

Tim and Glenda Beeck
   Posted Fri July 06, 2012
Sharon, Brad, Sue, Wendy and Jerry- You have our deepest sympathy. I have fond memories of your Dad working our dads during water breaks. Stories of Your Dad hunting with Les, Roger, Charlie and others. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Shelly Stutson
   Posted Mon July 09, 2012
Wendy & Family,
I''m so sorry to hear about your Dad - my thoughts and prayers
are will all of you at this trying time in your life. May you be
blessed with God''s Amazing Grace. Shelly

Linda Tobias
   Posted Mon July 09, 2012
Sharon keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers at the loss of your dad.

Dave, Karen, Jacqui and Jon Rice
   Posted Mon July 09, 2012
Sharon, we are so sorry to hear about your father. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find some comfort and peace in all the wonderful family memories and photographs you have. You have another angel watching over you now. God bless you all. Love, Dave, Karen, Jacqui and Jon Rice

Randy & Lisa Gronewold
   Posted Tue July 10, 2012
Wendy and Family, I was shocked to hear about your dad. We just visited a little on Memorial weekend. Your dad was a really nice person. Keep the great memories in your heart and mind forever. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Love, Randy, Lisa, Justin and Emily Gronewold

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