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Ihlo Marie Dirks

September 6, 1932 ~ January 10, 2020 (age 87)


HAWARDEN, IOWA – Ihlo Marie Dirks, 87, of Hawarden, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020 at the Hawarden Regional Healthcare in Hawarden.

   Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Orange City, Iowa with Rev. David Daumer officiating. Following a luncheon, burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ireton, Iowa. Visitation will begin at noon Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden. Condolences may be sent to

   Ihlo Marie Dirks was born September 6, 1932 to Edwin and Bertha (Kiel) Johnson on a farm outside of Alcester, South Dakota. She graduated from Alcester High School in 1950, and was the Alcester Sweetheart Queen, which she was very proud of. Ihlo worked at the local grocery store after high school.

   On February 5, 1953 she married Carlyle D. “Swede” Dirks at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ireton, Iowa. Ihlo and Swede were blessed with four children, Duane, Roxann, Angela, and Steven. After marriage Ihlo and Swede lived in Hawarden, Iowa for a short time where Ihlo worked for Coilcraft. In 1969 they moved to Orange City, Iowa and raised their family. Ihlo and Swede lived on an acreage where Ihlo did daycare and then worked at K-Products until retirement. In 1989 they moved into town and in 2017 they became residents of Hillcrest Health Care Services in Hawarden

   Ihlo and Swede were charter members of the Faith Lutheran Church in Orange City. Ihlo was known for being such a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Ihlo and Swede went to every event their grandchildren were involved in and were very proud of each and every one of them. Ihlo was a wonderful cook, her family loved her cinnamon rolls, thin pancakes, goulash, and of course, her chocolate covered cherries at Christmas time. In 2013, Ihlo was awarded the Medal of Honor for her remarkable achievement of life with Type 1 Diabetes for 50 years.

   Ihlo is survived by her children, Roxann Dobesh, Angela (Ernest) Gradert, and Steven (Amy) Dirks; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way; sisters, Carol Pearson and Dorothy Lee Hendricks; and sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ann Johnson and Della (Brad) Busch.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Bertha Johnson; husband, Carlyle “Swede” Dirks; son, Duane Dirks; siblings, Merrill Johnson and Phillip Johnson; brothers-in-law, Wendell Pearson and Robert “Bob” Hendricks; and also Carlyle’s family, his parents, Fred and Margaret; siblings and their spouses, Howard and Arlene Schulz Dirks, Mildred and Ed Burleson, Reva and Art Albright, Darrel and Neva Dirks, Myrna and Vernon Howard, Pearl and Al Eilers, and Dale Schulz.

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Visitation with the family present
January 15, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden
712 10th Street
Hawarden, IA 51023

Prayer Service
January 15, 2020

7:00 PM
Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden
712 10th Street
Hawarden, IA 51023

Funeral Service
January 16, 2020

10:30 AM
Faith Lutheran Church
710 8th Street SE
Orange Cith, IA 51041

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