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David P. DIRKSEN

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DIRKSEN, David P. 83, of Monroe, died Friday, August 1, 2014, at Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties. He was born in Rochester, New York on July 18, 1931 to parents Phillip J. and Anne L. (Charles) Dirksen. He was a loving husband, father & grandfather who enjoyed being outdoors boating, fishing and working in his garden. He was also an enthusiastic Miami University hockey fan. Mr. Dirksen graduated from Cornell University in 1953 with a BS in Agricultural Engineering and later received his MS in 1958. He was in the Army ROTC at Cornell and after graduation served his country in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant. He was employed by both Armco Steel and Ellis & Watts as an information systems manager. He was also a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon. Mr. Dirksen is survived by his wife, Joanne (Furry) Dirksen; daughter, Debbie (Paul) Heck; sons, David M. (Mary Beth) Dirksen and Stephen (Tina) Dirksen; grandchildren, Morgan Heck, Lauren Heck, Benjamin Dirksen, Katie Dirksen, Drew Dirksen and Kacey Dirksen; brother-in-law, Ron (Anne) Furry; nieces & nephews, Bill and Bob Dirksen, Linda (Dirksen) Gressell, Sue Irish, Ken Furry and Donna Tongue; and numerous friends & family. David was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin sons; and brother, William R. Dirksen. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest at the North Monroe Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Butler & Warren Counties, 5940 Long Meadow Dr., Franklin, OH 45005. Please sign the guestbook online at WilsonSchrammSpaulding.com

Published in Journal-News on Aug. 6, 2014
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