Virgil Ralph Dirks
September 9, 1928 – September 19, 2013
Tahlequah, OK- Funeral services for Virgil R. Dirks will be held on Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 2:00 PM at The Community Bible Fellowship Church of Tahlequah, OK. Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013 from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM at Go Ye Village Chapel. Interment will take place at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com. Virgil Ralph Dirks was born on September 9th, 1928, in Newton, KS, the son of Amos Jacob and Anna Marie (Zurecher) Dirks. After he completed high school, he earned numerous degrees from Grace Bible Institute, Bethel College, Wichita State, and his Doctorate in Education from the University of Nebraska. Virgil was the founding Director of Markoma Bible Academy in Tahlequah, with its debut in 1961. From 1966 until 1969, Virgil served in the capacity of Counselor and the Choral Director of both the Junior and Senior High Choral Groups, as well as Markoma,taking them to special honors under his direction. Virgil married the love of his life, Marian Rose Watke on July 24th, 1949 in Shelby, NE. This union was blessed with four children and sixty-four years of happiness and memories. Virgil served as the Dean of Students at Grace University in Omaha, NE for 28 years. His love for the youth he encountered and his willingness to make the most of their lives, was a priority with Virgil he kept throughout his career. He saw the good in all young people and worked tirelessly to assist them in achieving their goals in life. He was just as loving as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. When he wasn’t working, there was always classical music to enjoy, he spent hours sharing his love of the classics with his children. He loved to spend an afternoon golfing, pitching horseshoes, or watching his beloved "Sooners" play football. He was a gifted artist when it came to refinishing beautiful antique furniture and was able to restore these pieces back to their original beauty. He adored each and every grandchild for their unique gifts and talents and loved any chance he got to spend with them. A Christian by faith, Virgil had given his life to serve his Lord and Savior, and demonstrated this by word and deed. No one ever heard an unkind word out of Virgil’s mouth concerning a fellow human being. He demonstrated a positive outlook on life, even while his strength ebbed, Virgil told everyone he was fine and everything was great. He was far more concerned with the welfare of others than his own. He was a faithful member at First Baptist Church of Tahlequah, as well as an Adult Sunday School Teacher , and attended services at Go Ye Village Chapel. Virgil’s strength began to leave and he wasn’t able to carry his load as he had for so many years. The Lord called his good and faithful servant from his earthly labors on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 in Tahlequah, OK with his wife and family by his side. Virgil was 85 years old. Virgil will be truly missed by his many family and friends. He has gone to join his parents, his grandparents, two brothers, Norman and Marvin Dirks and one Uncle, Marlin Sperling in the land that knows no night. Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Marian Dirks of Go Ye Village in Tahlequah, OK, and his four adored children, Lynette Wiens and husband David of Tahlequah, OK, Timothy Dirks and wife Shardelle of Sedgwick, KS, Bradley Dirks and wife Kathleen of Belton, MO, and Jonathan Dirks and wife Janice of Castle Rock, CO. He leaves two sisters, Floreine Dirks and Salome Sperling of Mound Ridge, KS. His legacy and love of life live on in his nine grandchildren, Shardelle Olson and husband Erik, Jonathan Wiens and wife Erin, Nathan Wiens and wife Katie, Ryan Dirks and wife Julie, Stacia Rink and husband Tim, Tiffany Dirks, Alyssa Hughes and husband Cory, Julie Ann Walker and husband Jason, McKinley Dirks, as well as thirteen great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones. Those wishing to send their condolences to the family are asked to please consider the Richardson Hall Piano Fund, Go Ye Village, 1201 West 4th Street, Tahlequah, OK 74464.
- Funeral Service Monday, September 23, 2013
Virgil Ralph Dirks
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October 8, 2013
I was a student of Virgil's at Grace College in Omaha in the 1980's.
I always experienced Virgil as a compassionate, unique, interesting, and lovable man; I have good memories of him. He seemed to want to serve people where they were—serving them without having to change them.
Memory Eternal Virgil!
-Fr. Maximos (Brian) Herman, associate priest at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church (Des Moines, Iowa) www.stjohndsm.org
September 29, 2013
My memories of Virgil go back to the early fifties when he was pastoring the little church at Brainard, KS. My parents had begun growing in the Lord and were looking for a church that would support them in that growth. While we attended that church, Virgil baptized me (at the age of 14) in a spring-fed creek. As we reminisced last November about that baptism, we both remembered how cold that water was!
The next period of association revolves around my years at Berean Academy where he was Superintendent and one of my teachers. I loved and respected him.
Finally, I was delighted to spend time with him as a friend and fellow-resident here at Go Ye Village – times of sweet fellowship and rejoicing together in the blessings of God on our lives. I will miss him but I look forward to being with him again in glory!
Sam Tannahill (Tahlequah, OK)
September 27, 2013
We praise God for Virgil's life and testimony, and for his ministry with the youth of Grace University, Omaha NE.
Annabelle (Plett) Ropp
September 25, 2013
Nancy Dirks Stamps and Sandra Stamps Lewis would just like to share our regrets for your loss and our prayers for your comfort. We are grateful that God holds you in His arms.
September 25, 2013
Mrs. Dirks and Family: My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and to your loved ones. Yet, I rejoice with you as we celebrate Mr. Dirks' life and his promotion to glory to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Truly he taught all of us at Markoma to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. I am thankful for Mr. Dirks' strong input into my life; he helped me grow spiritually. I'm specifically grateful for his encouragement to me in Christian ministries: taught me to sing in the choir (I couldn't sing so he put me between two guys who could), challenged me to teach a Sunday School class, and to preach for chapel and at the Muskogee jail. It seems he always knew how to motivate me – just make it a challenge! The three years I was at Markoma were a turning point in my life. I don't know where I would be today if it were not for Mr. Dirks and Markoma, and the presence of the Lord to mold and shape me. Sincerely in Christ, Watching for His Return, Warren (Lois) Hiebert, Class of '64.
September 24, 2013
Sharing your loss and remembering all the good times at OBA. He was truly an example of Christ like-ness.
Verla Koehn Dick
Mary Sue Wharton-Cauthron
September 23, 2013
My sincere sympathy for your loss. Mr. Dirks was my chorus director in high school. Loved every minute of my time in his class.... Mary Sue Wharton-Cauthron
September 23, 2013
Mr. Dirks, save my life. If it was not for his carry and love for me I would have been in jail in Chicago. I am glad that my mom send me to Markoma and meet Mr. Dirks. My first was a trouble year and I could not believe he ask me back the second year. He is a wonderfully person to put up with me and the problems I at Markoma. I love this man. My heart goes out to the family and the people who know Mr. Dirks for your loss.
Louis Steinberg, Markoma - 1967, (Ellicott, CO)
September 23, 2013
Thanks Mr. Dirks for the thousands of miles we shared together,many times I'am sure you needed to be home with your young family. Thanks for many life lessons you taught me. I cannot express the loss I feel and the gratitude I feel. Larry Eubanks, class of "65".
September 21, 2013
My heart reaches out to all of the family as we grieve the loss of Virgil. He is rejoicing with family in heaven but his passing leaves a great void here. I am so sorry I cannot be there for the funeral. My thoughts and prayers to Marian and the family.