Ankeny Funeral Home & Crematory

1510 West First Street, Ankeny, IA


Eugene A. Dirksen

July 26, 1948August 29, 2019

Eugene Dirksen, 71, of Huxley, Iowa, formerly of Spencer, Iowa, passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019, under the care of hospice at his home. A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 7, 2019, in the Paullina City Building (127 S. Main Street Paullina, IA 51046).

Eugene Arthur was born on July 26, 1948, in Milbank, South Dakota, to Arthur and Marie (Conraads) Dirksen. He graduated from Wilmot High School in 1967, and then attended Watertown Vocational Tech. Gene was united in marriage to Janet Iversen in 1971, they were later divorced and he was married to Devada Hickman in Paullina on April 29, 1989. Gene worked for Carey’s Electronics in Spencer for many years. Gene enjoyed fishing and could always be found tinkering with electronics. He cherished spending time with his grandchildren.

Eugene is survived by his daughter, Melissa (Bryon) Dirksen Dutton of Bondurant, IA (grandsons Braydon and Bryson, and step granddaughter, Paige (Dutton) Arends); son, Michael (Mindy) Dirksen of Mesa, AZ (grandchildren, Mila and Maks, step grandchildren, Gabi and Aleks); step children, Deanna (Brian) Hohbach of Paullina, Darcy (Matt) Donnay of Gaylord, MN, Lisa Seaman and Sarah Hickman, both of Spencer, IA; nine step grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Bear of Mesa, AZ; niece, Stacey Schooley and a nephew, Daron Bear. He was preceded in death by his wife, Devada, parents and a brother-in-law, Steve Bear.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 7, 2019


Eugene A. Dirksen

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Ann Styx

September 2, 2019

May the God of Peace be your comfort at this time of loss.

So many memories of visiting on the farm. My Mom and Dad loved being in South Dakota on the farm and especially being with family.
I remember my brother and Eugene and some of their antics during our visits. The one that stands out the most was those two showing me how to touch the electric fence. "See! you won't get shocked." And of course I did. Finding chicken nests in the hay and jumping off stacks of hay in the top of the barn. Great fun for a girl who didn't get to grow up on the farm.

Ann Styx, cousin