August 2, 1857–March 16, 1940
OLD RESIDENT DIES MARCH 16
Diedrich Dirks Rites Held
on Tuesday Near Amber
LANGWORTHY—Funeral service was held Tuesday at the Wayne Zion Evangelical Lutheran church for Diedrich Dirks, 82, resident of Langworthy and vicinity for 52 years, who died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Dirks, Amber. Rev. F. H. Kehren was in charge of the rites. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Source: The Anamosa Journal, 21 March 1940
D. Dirks Died at Amber Saturday
AMBER—Diedrich Dirks passed away Saturday forenoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Will Dirks, after a long illness. Mr. Dirks was born August 2, 1857, in Wiesederfehn Kreis Wittmund Profins, Hannover, Germany. He was confirmed March 14, 1872 in Repsold, Germany, and was united in marriage to Gesche Margaret Bodiker in the year 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Dirks came to the United states in 1882 and settled in Jones county where they lived all their lives around Langworthy. The last two years he made his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Will Dirks, in Amber. Mrs. Dirks passed away March 25, 1936. Mr. Dirks is survived by seven children: Mrs. Gerd Dirks, Langworthy; Mrs. Will Dirks, Amber; Mrs. Mino Zimmerman, Olin; Gerd Dirks, Wyoming; John Dirks, Amber; Henry Dirks, Olin; Mrs. Will Oltman, Anamosa. He is also survived by one sister living in Germany and one brother, Gerd J. Dirks, Center Junction; 61 grandchildren and 71 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 o'clock at the Wayne Zion Lutheran church ofm whyich he was a member, conducted by his pastor, Rev. F. H. Kehren.
Source: The Monticello Express, 21 March 1940, page 8
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