DIRKS, Robert Edward "Bob" age 80, hung up his cowboy hat in Tucson AZ on Friday, September 8, 2017, and donated his selfless gift of life to benefit others through Research for Life. Bob was born December 1, 1936, in Hartington, NE to Frank and Francis Dirks.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge Nebraska on Sunday May 27, 2018, at 2pm followed by a blessing at the Lawn Ridge Cemetery in rural Coleridge, Nebraska with military honors by the Hartington VFW Post #5283.. A reception will be held at the Cobblestone Inn in Hartington starting 3pm.
He served in the US Navy during the Korean War and worked for the FAA for 30 years; he retired as Regional Supervisor in Riverside, CA. After his retirement, he moved to Tucson to marry his sweetheart, Diana, who survives him, they enjoyed 24 years of marriage. His second retirement was from Manheim Auto Auctions. He also worked the gun shows in AZ and CA with his Nebraskan McMann friends.
Bob recently wrote a note to himself that read, "my greatest treasure is, was, and always will be my family; we may not be perfect but I love them with all my heart." He was known to keep up with friendships new and old; to give pats of encouragement; and to say I love you often. WE love you, Bob, forever in our hearts!
Survived by children, Bradley (Kelly), Todd (Dawn), Tracie Lopez, Joel and step-daughter, Rhonda; grandchildren, Kathleen (Robert), Patrick, David, Daniel, Michael, Erin (Joey) and Alex; step-grandchildren, Erica, Nick and Brandon; great-grandchildren, Aiden John, Tyler, Sawyer, Ace and Finnley; sister, Nancy Kusel. Bob is preceded in death by Kathleen Woolsey, Judi Dirks and sisters, Lois Livingood and Eleanor Burke.
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