Fred Dirkes, 76 of Crystal died unexpectedly January 19, 2014 at his home in Crystal. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Long Prairie, burial will be at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. The visitation will be on Friday, January 24, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville and one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Saturday. Knights of Columbus rosary will be at 5:30 p.m on Friday.
Fred was born May 23, 1937 in Long Prairie Township, Todd County, to William & Cecelia (Benning) Dirkes. He enlisted in the US Army in August 1960; where he served in the 2nd Med Tank Battalion 35th Armor. Fred was honorably discharged in August 1962.
Fred was a resident of Crystal for 47 years, he worked at FMC for 27 years until his retirement. He was a lifetime member of HD Hunting Club in good standing, a member of the Knights of Columbus 3663 and the Robbinsdale American Legion. Fred enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting and traveling. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Fred is survived by his children: Louis (Patricia) Dirkes of Cuyuna, James (Erica) Dirkes of Crystal; siblings: Eva Buhl of Browerville, Mary Doelz of Minneapolis, Jim (Arlene) Woeste of Long Prairie, Joe (Jan) Dirkes of Browerville. 6 grandchildren: Nicole Reeves, Steve Weishalla, Scott Weishalla, James Dirkes, Michael Dirkes and Louis Dirkes; 3 great grandchildren: Logan, Allie and Brody and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents; brothers-in-law: Roy Buhl and Bob Doelz.