Richard J. Dirks

Sep 27th, 1934 - Apr 10th, 2017


Richard's Home

Sat, Apr. 15th, 2017 12:00 PM

Richard J. Dirks

Herrin- Richard J. Dirks, age 82, of Herrin, passed away at 8:10pm on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Parkway Manor in Marion.

Richard was born in Effingham on September 27, 1943, the son of William C. and Bernice (Manuel) Dirks. He married Patsy J. Terry in Effingham on September 8, 1956. She preceded him in death on September 1, 2011.

Mr. Dirks was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin. He was a proud United States Army Veteran. Richard was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Pigeon Inn. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, coaching little league baseball, and playing bridge and pinochle.

Survivors include-

Son- Terry D. Dirks of Herrin

Daughter- Cindy Rabacchi of Buckner

Son- Steven M. Dirks of Herrin

Daughter- Lisa Dirks of Herrin

Son- Alan Dirks and Tanya Caudill of West Frankfort

Son- Thomas and Heather Dirks of Apopka, FL

Eleven Grandchildren

Seventeen Great Grandchildren

Brother- Danny and Marcia Dirks of Pittsburg, PA

Several Nieces and Nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and grandson- Kenneth Clarida.

As per his wishes, he will be cremated. The family will be holding a memorial service to celebrate Richard’s life at noon on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Richard’s home. Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with final arrangements.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home; 201 S. 13th Street; Herrin, IL 62948.  For more information, or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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2 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Jackie O’Connor Pollard

    From: Durham , North Carolina

    Date: April 12, 2017

    Dick and Pat were always considered to be very good friends. We moved to Herrin in 1966 living right next door. We had a ton of fun and laughs.
    I will never forget the night he was running around neighborhood with a baseball bat! We knew he had been working really hard and was afraid he was losing it. We finally found out a naked man had walked through their house and he was trying to find him! Herrin police saved the night.

    My deepest sympathy to his children. You had very good parents.

  • Guest: Bruce Phillips

    From: Portland, Indiana

    Date: April 13, 2017

    Terry – sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You are in my prayers.