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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Obituary - Wesley Harley Dirks

Funeral services for Wesley Dirks will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at the Bethany Mennonite Church in Rich Hill, Missouri under direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation 6:30 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 26 at the Bethany Mennonite Church in Rich Hill. Contributions to the Bethany Mennonite Church Benevolent Fund. Online condolences www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Wesley Harley Dirks was born to Henry and Sadie Smith Dirks on January 16, 1942 in Halstead, KS. He peacefully passed away on October 24, 2021 in Butler, MO at the age of 79 years due to complications from Covid. When he was a few months old, he moved with his family to Rich Hill, MO where he lived for the rest of his life.

He attended the little country school down the hill from his parents house. At the age of 13 he gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized on March 27, 1955, by Minister Harvey Yost, remaining faithful to God and the Church till the end. His faith and trust in God was an encouragement to his family, often confessing his faults and teaching us to do the same.

On March 25, 1962, he was united to me, Donna Wadel, by Minister Carl Dirks. We enjoyed almost 60 years together. Into this home three sons were born.

On November 30, 1982, he was ordained to the deaconry by Minister Dennis Unruh. He faithfully served the Church until his retirement a year ago. He served on the CPS board for 10 years, making many lifelong friends. We also spent several years in Oroville, CA, under USA missions, leaving a part of our hearts there. He enjoyed being a part of the Yuma, AZ congregation during the winters that we spent there.

Dad was a farmer all his life and loved the outdoors, enjoying hunting with his grandsons and many fishing trips. In later years, many memories were made at his cabin in the woods. Dad was a friend to all and never knew a stranger. He loved to sing and enjoyed singing quartets with his sons. His grandchildren remember listening to his many stories.

Those left to cherish memories are his wife, Donna; three sons: Michael and Kimberly, Lance and Lenora, Brad and Della, all of Rich Hill, MO; seven grandsons, two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren; two brothers: Gerald and Evelyn, Moundridge, KS, Leland and Mary Lou, Montezuma, KS; one sister, Gloria Koehn of Moundridge, KS; one sister-in-law, Carrol Dirks of Rich Hill, MO. Preceding him in death were his parents, four sisters, one brother, and three brothers-in-law.