Evan A. Dirksen, 87, of Goessel, passed away on May 11, 2014, at the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice In-Patient Center in Wichita.
He was born on Feb. 16, 1927, in Goessel to Adolf N. and Martha Schmidt Dirksen. He was the oldest of five children. Growing up on a wheat and dairy farm, he attended a one-room elementary school in McPherson County; he went on to graduate in 1945 from Goessel High School, where he was salutatorian of his graduating class. He attended Bethel College, North Newton.
He served in Civilian Public Service during World War II
in Camp Camino near Sacramento, Calif., working in forestry. He was later transferred to Mulberry, Fla., where he worked in construction. After returning from CPS Service, he became a farmer working with his parents on the family farm.
He enjoyed his International Harvester equipment and implements. His work ethic was reflected in his ability to raise successful crops. He cared greatly for the land and adopted conservation practices and once earned the soil conservation award of the year in McPherson County.
Evan was a member of the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church near Goessel and became a resident at Bethesda Home in Goessel in January 2007.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Melvin A. Dirksen and Dennis A. Dirksen; and one great-nephew, Evan J. Dirksen.
Evan is survived by two sisters, Erma Gallaway of Rose Hill and Velma and (Vernon) Frey of Newton; two sister-in-laws, Arzella Dirksen of Denver, Colo., and Sherland Dirksen of San Diego, Calif.; six nieces, Jan and (Kirk) Williams of Castle Rock, Colo., Suzanne and (Jeff) Opp of Castle Rock, Colo., Nancy Hjerstedt of San Diego, Calif., Ann Dirksen of Rye, N.Y., Lisa and (Mike) Schweigert of El Dorado, Lynette and (Kent) Erb of Newton; five nephews, Jim Dirksen of Gunnison, Colo., Ron Frey of Wichita, Bryan and (Megan) Frey of Houston, Texas, and Thad and (Beth) Dirksen of San Diego, Calif., and Allen Gallaway of Andover; five great-nieces; and 11 great-nephews.
A celebration of life reception will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the fellowship hall in Alexanderwohl Church, 1304 K-15 Highway near Goessel. A private family inurnment will be at the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church Cemetery near Goessel.
Memorials are suggested to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice and Bethesda Home, in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 303 E. Main, P.O. Box 96, Goessel, KS 67053.