LeRoy Merle Dirksen was born September 7, 1946, in Buffalo Center, IA. He was the oldest of seven children born to Meindert and Louise (Mayland) Dirksen. LeRoy started school in the country schoolhouse and then went on to finish elementary through high school at Buffalo Center Community School graduating in 1964.
After graduation, he farmed with his Dad near Woden. In 1980, he moved to rural Buffalo Center and continued to farm raising livestock and grain. He served on a cattle marketing board. At the age of 6, LeRoy realized his need of a Savior and accepted Christ. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Woden where he served as a Sunday School teacher, usher, and deacon. Upon the closing of the church in Woden, he became a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Forest City where he served as an usher and deacon.
Following double brain aneurysms in 1992, LeRoy moved to On With Life in Ankeny and later moved back to the homeplace where he lived until his Dad's passing in 2002. In 2005, he moved to Forest Plaza Assisted Living in Forest City. Later he moved to Greer, South Carolina, where he resided for the last 10 plus years with his sister, Violet, & family.
LeRoy passed away at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC, on Saturday, April 3, 2021, at the age 74.
He is survived by his brothers and sisters: Jerald (Elaine) Dirksen, Ankeny, IA; Lenice (Art) Reynolds, Mobile, AL; Merlin Dirksen, Woden, IA; Violet (Dennis) Leach, Greer, SC; Arlin (Ruth Anne) Dirksen, Woden, IA; David (Cheri) Dirksen, Edwardsville, KS; and many nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.