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Harold 'Bud' Dirks

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[January 07, 2010]  Harold R. "Bud" Dirks, 87, of Lincoln, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2009, at Friendship Manor.

Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Lincoln.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church of Lincoln, with the Rev. John Pham officiating.

Columbarium inurnment with military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

He worked for Nabisco Services and then managed a Spurgeons store in Iowa and later the store in Lincoln. He opened the Dollar Store in 1962. He was always an entrepreneur, as he even sold electric cars in 1975.

During World War II he served in the U.S. Army, 625th Engineer Equipment Company, in England, Germany, France, Belgium and the Philippine Islands.

He was born Dec. 30, 1922, in Lincoln, a son of Henry and Helen Amberg Dirks. He married Bette Talkin, and she preceded him in death.

He is survived by two sons, Bradley (and Joy) Dirks of Valparaiso, Ind., and Jeffery (and Linda) Dirks of Mount Pulaski; one daughter, Marcia (and Kenton) Stoll of Chestnut; two brothers, Henry Dirks of Kewanee and Ronald Dirks of Lovington; two sisters, Phyllis (and Lloyd) Leesman of Lincoln and Joyce Anderson of Springfield; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Helen Mary Barrow.

Harold was a member of Holy Family Church, a lifelong member of the Elks Lodge, past member of the Rotary Club, instrumental in Lincoln's downtown development, volunteered at the Carmelite Convent in St. Louis and assisted in a St. Louis Mass for the pope.

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For his military service he was awarded two Overseas Service Bars, the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was devoted to his grandchildren. He loved to track their activities and bragged on them often.

Memorials may be made to Friendship Manor.

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