Kermit LeRoy Dirks
Kermit LeRoy Dirks, age 86, passed away on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames after a long struggle with dementia and recent heart and respiratory events.
Born on May 30, 1934 in Anamosa, Iowa, Kermit was the son of LeRoy and Maurine (Stingley) Dirks. He grew up on the family farm near Center Junction, Iowa, and graduated from Monticello High School and nearby Cornell College with a degree in Geology. While at Cornell he met Gertrude "Trudy" Ludden, his lifelong partner, and they married in June 1956.
After college Kermit briefly worked as a Geophysicist with Tower Exploration in Wyoming, but soon moved back to Iowa to take a job with the Iowa Department of Transportation, where he worked as a Geologist for 39 years until his retirement in 1996.
He was blessed with great mechanical abilities and tackled every broken appliance and car that came his way. Kermit was quiet and would never offer an opinion unless asked, but he was smart and very practical and was sought out by friends and family when they had problems to solve or needed advice. An avid outdoorsman, he took his children and grandchildren on many "adventures", particularly to lakes in northern Minnesota where he loved to fish.
Kermit is survived by his wife Trudy, son Bill (Tammy) and daughters Terri (Leon) Hillers and Kathy (Paul) Gilchrist Simpson: grandchildren Christopher, Patrick and Andrew Hillers, Brian, Scott and Katie Dirks, and Kylie and Ian Gilchrist. He also had 8 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Keith Dirks, Brad Dirks and Will Dirks, with whom he treasured annual "brothers day reunions".
A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, September 4, 2021 at United Church of Christ in Ames; details on the Celebration will be provided at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Kermit's family is requesting donations be made to the Family of Kermit Dirks, c/o Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way Ames, Iowa 50010. The family will use all donated monies to support the Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park and the United Church of Christ in Ames.
Online condolence may be directed to www.grandonfuneralandcremationcare.com
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Published by Ames Tribune from May 14 to May 16, 2021.