Evelyn Dirk: 1940-2017
Evelyn Elizabeth Campbell was born on June 22, 1940 to Robert and Josephine Campbell in Webster, South Dakota. Growing up she was very active in 4-H and enjoyed working outdoors doing chores, such as milking cows, haying, cultivating corn and raising cattle. Evelyn started riding horse at a very young age and remembered having to learn to ride bareback before they could use a saddle.
She attended White Shirt Country School south of McIntosh, South Dakota, for 8 years and graduated from McIntosh High School in 1958. Evelyn attended Northern State College for one year and then went on to Gale Institute in Minneapolis, MN. After graduation, she worked for Honeywell for 3.5 years.
Evelyn wasn’t exactly sure when she met Tim Dirk, but they started dating on New Year’s Eve 1959. They wrote letters and spent a lot of time together when Tim was on leave from the Marine Corps. They got engaged while Tim was on leave from Japan.
Evelyn and Tim were married on July 21, 1962 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in McIntosh, South Dakota. To this union 8 children were born. Evelyn was very proud of all of the accomplishments of each of them.
Evelyn was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was an active charter member of the Progressive Polly’s Homemaker Club that will soon celebrate 50 years. Evelyn and surrounding neighbors helped organize the Shadehill Riders 4-H Club which she was a leader of for many years. For many years she was the Boss Cowman Rodeo Secretary. Evelyn ran “The Feed Box” Café at Lemmon Livestock and worked at LIVE, Inc. for 22 years.
Evelyn loved riding horse, dancing and cruising Shadehill Lake with her kids and grandkids on the pontoon. She was especially proud of all of her grandkids and was proud of the fact that she attended as many sporting events and activities as she could. Evelyn and Tim were named Sports Fans of the Year in 2010-2011. She enjoyed making quilts, especially for the births of her grandchildren and for their graduations.
Evelyn passed away on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at the West River Regional Medical Center in Hettinger, ND.
Grateful for having shared in her life are her husband of 55 years, Tim Dirk, their eight children, Lance (Lynn) Dirk, Dickinson, ND, Greg (Caly) Dirk, Sturgis, South Dakota, Scott (Shannon) Dirk, Vale, South Dakota, Tanna (Rick) Bolte, Lemmon, South Dakota, Todd (Tami) Dirk, Bonanza, OR, Krista (Frank) Tomac, Watauga, South Dakota, Bryan Dirk (Tammy); Caputa, South Dakota, Brent (Jenny) Dirk, Lemmon, South Dakota,: 24 grandchildren, Chantz, Preston, Jade, Madison, Payson, Kelson, Austin, Chase, Shaley, Paige, Lander, Kodee Jo, Stacy, Kristy, Baylee, Whitnee, Kenadee, Paden, Morgan, Duell, Merika, Zayda, Andrew and Jaxon; 7 Great Grandchildren, Mason, Riley, Jordan, Teagan, Rogue, Daxtyn and Dominic; Evelyn’s sister, Elaine (Clair) Stymiest, brothers, Harold, Harvey and Lloyd (Vicky) Campbell and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and sisters-in-law, Susan (Leland) Danzeisen and Charlotte Kuntz.
Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Josephine Campbell and her in-laws, Joe and Elzada Dirk.
Mass of Christian Burial for Evelyn Dirk, age 77, of Shadehill, South Dakota, was Monday, November 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lemmon, South Dakota, Fr. Tony Grossenburg officiated and burial followed at the Greenhill Cemetery in Lemmon.
Visitations will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Evanson Jensen Funeral Home in Lemmon and one hour prior to the Mass on Monday morning at the Church. Rosary/Vigil service will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.