|Keith Craig Dirks
October 19, 1956 – August 15, 2015
|Keith Dirks, age 58, died Saturday, August 15, 2015 at his home following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 Thursday morning, August 20, 2015 at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church, rural Monticello, with interment in the Wayne Zion Cemetery. Friends called from 3 until 8 Wednesday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce; his siblings, Phil (Kathy) Dirks, Anamosa, Lynnette (David) Scott, Sparks, NV, Gayle (Tony) Valdez, Gilroy, CA, Harvey (Kathy) Dirks, Cedar Rapids; a special nephew, Jeffrey Dirks; and nieces and nephews Matt, Molly, Nathan, Jeremy, Josh, Tony, Clair, Kenny and Nicholas; his special friend, Charles Hilton; his mother-in-law, Marie Finn, Cascade; sisters-in-law, Jan (Carl) Takes, Amber, Kay (Bob) Vonderhaar, Cascade; and a special aunt, Lollie Finn, Cascade. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law, Rusty Finn, and a sister Coral Jackson.
Keith Craig Dirks was born, October 19, 1956 at Aurora, Illinois. He was the son of George and May (Baker) Dirks. Keith graduated from the Anamosa Community Schools in 1974. He continued his education at both Cornell College and at Kirkwood College. Keith started working as a painter and worked for various painting contractors in Cedar Rapids through the painters union.
Keith married Joyce Finn on September 25, 1982 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Cascade. Keith started his own painting business, Keith Dirks Painting and Decorating, shortly their after.
For the past nineteen years Keith has served as a Supervisor for Jones County. In that capacity he served on the Board of Health, the 911 Board, Emergency Management, the Jones County Economic Development Board, and received an award from the Governor for his work. He also served on E.I.R.U.S., and was very active on the Conversation Board, working to get the Nature Center Built at Central Park and all the other improvements done. Keith was a member of A.A. and also devoted time to ASAC, speaking to youth groups about alcohol and drug abuse. He was active in the Democratic Party serving on the Central Committee for ten years before he was elected as a supervisor.
When he was not painting or in a meeting Keith loved to play and more recently built guitars. He loved the outdoors and the natural prairies. He enjoyed hunting but was an avid fisherman.
Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
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