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ROGER LEE DIRKES Hillcrest Memorial Center Roger Lee Dirkes of Richland, WA passed away June 29, 2017 at the age of 64 years. Roger was born to Ronald and Bonnie Dirkes in Fairfield, MT. A competitive athlete throughout life, Roger was an all- league basketball and baseball player, and was selected to the All-Pac 8 Baseball Team in 1975 at WSU. He was a member of the U.S. National Baseball team, and was drafted by the Minnesota Twins. Roger coached sports teams of each of his children. After college, he spent 33 years as an Environmental Engineer for Battelle PNNL in Richland. His intelligence was trumped only by his compassion and love for his family. Always ready with a story or joke to bring joy to those around him. Roger was an avid "green thumb", home culinary artist, and reigning cribbage champion. He was a man at home in the mountains and on the banks of their rivers and lakes. An avid outdoorsman, his schedule outside the wilderness revolved around the department of Fish and Wildlife's list of regulated seasons. The Tucannon River was one of his long time destinations and was his favorite. The gravel roads that traverse its watershed were etched in his memory. The outdoors fed his soul, whether he was reluctantly watching his kids jump in fishing holes or enjoying a campfire and game of Chinese checkers, or observing the view of the land in the comfort of his home by the side of his "Dahlin". Honorable and genuine, bookended his character. He was someone special. Roger was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Dirkes, his mother in-law, Dorothy Young and his grandson, Remie Blanc. In addition to his wife Patti, Roger is survived by his son Adam (Kristel) Dirkes; daughter, Emily Dirkes (Ronny); step-daughter, Amy Parks; grandson, Grayden Dirkes; sisters, Karen (Barry) Harmitz, Janet (Jon) Buerstatte; mother, Bonnie Dirkes; father in-law Leo Young; nieces, Chloe and Aubrey Buerstatte; and numerous family and friends. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. An open house Celebration of Life, will be held at his home on Sunday, July 16th from 1:00-4:00pm. For condolences please visit
Published in Tri-City Herald on July 9, 2017