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Clifford A. Dirks
April 21, 1932–February 26, 2009
Clifford A. Dirks, 76, of Wyoming, Iowa, died Thursday, February 26, 2009, at Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, after a brief illness.
A celebration of his life was held Monday, March 2, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., at Zion American Lutheran Church in Wyoming, with Pastor Bob Wessels officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Don Buchholtz, Jerry Andresen, Lyle Ahrendsen and Dale Petersen. Pallbearers were Steve Dirks, Jeff Dirks, Tom Yock, Steve Streets, Norman Wilslef and Anthony Ardovino.
Burial was in the Wyoming Cemetery, Wyoming, Iowa. Friends called from 2 to 7 p.m., Sunday at Lahey Funeral Home in Wyoming. Memorials may be given to the Zion American Lutheran Church or Camp Wyoming.
Clifford Arthur Dirks was born on April 21, 1932 in Jones County, Iowa, son of Gerd and Augusta Kathryn (Husmann) Dirks. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church. He graduated from Wyoming High School in 1949 and attended Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa. He married Verona (Sandy) Sanderman on July 18, 1954 in Baxter, Iowa.
Cliff purchased the Mobil Service Station in Wyoming in April 1954, and later the Mobil Bulk Plant and Auto Body. He retired in 2004 after 50 years in business.
He played baseball, loved watching the St. Louis Cardinals, summers at Delhi and winters in Yuma, Arizona. He volunteered for 50 years in the Wyoming Fire Department. He was a charter member of Little Bear Country Club. His greatest joy in life was his family and friends, hunting, fishing, golfing and going to the timber with his son.
Cliff is survived by his wife, Sandy Dirks of Wyoming; four children, Pati (Anthony) Ardovino of Camp Pendleton, California, Angie Hanna of Raleigh, North Carolina, Cindy (Andy) Bergstrom of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Craig (Kim) Dirks of Wyoming, Iowa; six grandchildren, Madison Hanna, Mallory and Grant Dirks, Logan Ardovino, Anna and Will Bergstrom; and a sister-in-law, Mary (Rodney) Walters of Wyoming.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his five siblings, Florence Baldwin, Leroy Dirks, Dorothy Hurst, Geraldine Yock and Donald Dirks.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 6 March 2009

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