Jerry A. Dirks, 84, who died October 20, 2020 at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, was born in Lind, Washington, August 25, 1936 to John Dirks and Emma (Strohmeir) Dirks. Growing up on a wheat farm, Jerry had many stories to tell about his young life, such as punching header on the combine at age 9.
Jerry graduated from high school in Lind in 1954. After high school he worked as a welder. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Albershardt, in 1955. They spent their early married life in Spokane until he was drafted into the US Army. Their daughter, Lee Ann, was born in May of 1960 while he was in the Army. After the Army the family moved to Moscow, Idaho where Jerry bought a tire store. Bret Alan Dirks was born in Moscow in April of 1962. Jerry expanded his business ventures to real estate and rental properties.
Jerry and Shirley started skiing when they were 48 years old, and that sport became the love of his life. Every weekend during ski season was spent visiting new ski resorts until they quit skiing at age 75. They were able to visit 26 different resorts in that time, but loved Schweitzer.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, mother, and two brothers Eldon and Clifford. He is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter and son-in-law, Lee Ann and Tim Berg, and their son and daughter-in-law, Bret and Michele Thomas Dirks. Jerry’s gand and greatgrandchildren are Mitch Berg (Jaxon, Colton and Penny); Hayley Berg Keszler(Lennon and Marleigh); Sam, Derek Dirks (Emma, Lillian, Belle, Charlette) and Erika Dirks Lewis (Stephanie and Melonie)
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