Urban J. Dirksen of Fort Recovery (85)


Urban J. Dirksen, 85, of Fort Recovery, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 1, 2024, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater, Ohio.

He was born on August 22, 1938, in North Star, to the late Edwin and Katherine (Kramer) Dirksen.

In addition to his parents, Urban was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Bernice A. (Timmerman) Dirksen, whom he married on April 25, 1964, and who passed away on December 26, 1999; his sons, Mark and Jeff Dirksen; Mark’s fiancé, Mary Gazarek; his sister, Alice Keller; his brother-in-law, Jerry Fisher.

Urban is survived by his children, Larry Dirksen of Fort Recovery, Mike (Sherry) Dirksen of Union City, Ohio, Dan (Stacie) Dirksen of Versailles, Karen (Abe) Timmerman of Fort Recovery, and Brian Dirksen of Versailles; his grandchildren, Stacy Dirksen, Tracy (Jesse) Kemper, Macy Dirksen, Kaleb (Megan) Timmerman, Heather (Cayden) Cox, Amy (Nick) Siegrist, Leslie Dirksen, Kyle (Samantha) Timmerman, Cody Dirksen, Kegan (Taylor) Timmerman, Keri Dirksen, Hayley Dirksen, Jenna Dirksen, Amber Dirksen, Clete Timmerman, Sara Dirksen, Amber Timmerman, and Chris Timmerman; his great grandchildren, Scarlet and Eleanor Kemper, Xander and Luka Timmerman, Maverick Cox, Murphy and Isabella Siegrist, Naomi Timmerman, and Kinsley Timmerman; his siblings, Ed (MaryAnn) Dirksen of New Weston, Kenny (Kathy) Dirksen of Wapakoneta, Irene Dirksen of Sterling Heights, MI, Joan Fisher of Clarence Center, NY, and Lester (Velma) Dirksen of Portland; his brother-in-law, Marvin Keller of St. Henry; his in-laws, Jerry Laux and Irene Timmerman, both of Fort Recovery; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Urban worked for J&M Manufacturing for over 35 years as a welder and truck driver. He served his country honorably in the United States Army. Urban enjoyed collecting and restoring antique tractors. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of the Fort Recovery Tractor Club and the Fort Recovery American Legion. Urban enjoyed sprint car racing and took many trips to Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 6, 2024, at St. Paul Catholic Church, Sharpsburg. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in the church cemetery.

Guests may visit with the family on Friday, July 5, 2024, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM and again on Saturday from 8:30 AM until 9:30 AM, at Brockman Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery.

Memorial contributions may be given to EverHeart Hospice, 1350 N. Broadway Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331.

Online condolence may be shared with the family by visiting www.brockmanboeckmanfh.com.