Dirkse, Ernest 5/8/1930 - 10/15/2016 Ypsilanti Ernest Lee Dirkse, of Ypsilanti, longtime resident of Ann Arbor, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Evangelical Home-Saline. He was 86 years old. Born May 8, 1930 in Holland, MI he was the son of Neil C. and Marie (Kaukman) Dirkse. Ernest was retired from American Broach where he worked as a machine builder for 40 years. He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. Ernest enjoyed boating, water skiing and horseback riding. He was an avid University of Michigan football fan. Ernest was a member of the Calvary Bible Church. He is survived by his wife Dixie Lee Dirkse of Ypsilanti; children Roger L Dirkse (Lori) of Grass Lake, Karen Dirkse (Curtis Phillips) Old Hickory, TN, Brenda Tuscano (Mark) of Whitmore Lake; step daughter Debbie Tichenor of Marshall, MO; one brother Roger Dirkse (Erma) of Jacksonville, FL; two sisters Norma Pope of Saline and Sandy Cline (Ron) of Milan; three grandchildren Joshua Dirkse (Cynthia), Caleb Dirkse (Joellen) and Alexandria Dirkse and three great grandchildren, Cody, Olivia and Carter Dirkse. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Laurie Dirkse, and two brothers Cornell "Dutch" and Jack Dirkse. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Nie Family Funeral Home, Carpenter Road Chapel, 2400 Carpenter Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108 with Pastor Wesley Rowe officiating. Interment will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. Visitation will be held on Thursday October 20, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Friday. Please visit www.niefuneralhomes.com to sign the guestbook and leave a memory.
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