Mark Dirks

   Mark W. Dirks, 66, Belmond, died Jan. 10, 2022 surrounded by family at Select Specialty Hospital in Des Moines. Services were held Jan. 15 at Ewing Funeral Home in Belmond.

  Mark William, son of William “Bill” and Bonnie (Fleener) Dirks, was born on March 23, 1955 in Belmond. He grew up in Belmond and graduated from Belmond High School in 1973. He then attended college in Minneapolis.

  When Mark moved back to Belmond after college, he started working at Central Soya. He later became employed by the City of Belmond, eventually becoming the public works director after his dad retired. Mark enjoyed his 38+ years working for the city.

  Mark loved to go hunting, fishing and racing. He enjoyed watching any kind of sporting event. Family was important to him, and loved spending time with his grandchildren and hosting family for holidays.

  He is preceded in death by his father Bill in 2014.

  Mark is survived by his wife LaVonn; children Chad (Lesley) Dirks of Belmond, Tiffiny (Matt Billings) Braner of Cranston, RI, and Jared Dirks (Nicole) of Belmond; grandchildren Ava Dirks, Brooklyn Dirks, Alice Billings, Ethan Dirks and Emmett Billings; mother Bonnie Dirks of Belmond; sisters Merrie (Dave) Olmsted and Melanie Dirks (Lisa Mills); and aunt and uncle Larry (Denise) Fleener.