Obituary for Clifford Bernard Dirkes

Clifford Bernard Dirkes

Birth Date: Oct. 30th, 1917
Date Passed: Oct. 26th, 2014


Clifford Bernard Dirkes 96, of Muskegon, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday October 26, 2014. He was surrounded by family members & friends. Bernard lived in the Ravenna & Muskegon area for his entire life. He was born on October 30, 1917 on a farm in Ravenna. Later, he and his wife moved to Muskegon and had 4 children. He worked at the Anaconda Wire Company as a tool & Die maker & retired when he was 64 years old. On December of 1982 he married Ruth Mae Place. Ruth & Bernard were married for almost 25 years & he loved her dearly. He lived a full life, loved farming and being out in the woods. He was a wonderful, caring man and will be missed by many. Bernard is survived by his 3 children: Lois Giles of Cheboygan, MI, Marva (Ron) Babcock of Wilcox, AZ and Ken (Judy) Dirkes of Florence, KY. He is also survived by his Son In-Law: Fred Allison. 12 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild, 2 Sister In-Laws: Lorraine Dirkes of Grand Rapids and Dorothy Place of Ravenna. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, Wife: Ruth M. Dirkes, Daughter: Judy Allison, A Sister and Brother, 2 half brothers & half sister. We wish to extend our personal thanks to his niece Teddi Place for all her tender love & care for our father. She is the person that made it possible for him to live in his own home until his life ended. Funeral Services for Clifford Bernard Dirkes will be conducted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 1:00pm at the Ravenna United Methodist Church in Ravenna with Pastor Carl Black officiating. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Muskegon. The family will be at the Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm to receive friends and again on Thursday at the church 1 hour prior to service. Memorials may be directed to: R.U.M.C. Building Fund. Go to: or Facebook @ Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna to sign the online guestbook’s. The Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna is in charge of funeral arrangements. 231-853-6511


6:00pm to 8:00pm on
Oct. 29th, 2014 at Throop Funeral Home of Ravenna
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1:00pm on Oct. 30th, 2014 at Ravenna United Methodist Church
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2:30pm on Oct. 30th, 2014 at
Lakeside Cemetery
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