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Alfred Robert Dikken

Alfred Robert Dikken

May 12, 1934 - Nov. 16, 2013

RENVILLE - Alfred Robert Dikken, age 79, of Renville, formerly of Willmar, died Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the RenVilla Nursing Home in Renville, Minnesota. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013, at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church north of Renville. The Rev. Karen Crawford will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. in the Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Renville. Visitation continues on Friday one hour prior to the services at the church.

Alfred Robert Dikken was born on May 12, 1934, in Ericson Township, Renville County to Egbert "Eddie" and Martha (Stomberg) Dikken. He grew up on the family farm and attended District 131 Country School until the 8th grade. He continued his education at Sacred Heart High School, graduating in 1952. Following graduation, Alfred worked as a meat inspector in Waterloo, Iowa for a short time. He then returned to the Sacred Heart area and started farming. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Agre on October 4, 1958, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyd, Minnesota. Alfred continued to farm, crop farming until 1977, and raising hogs until his retirement in 1986. It was in 1986, he and Dorothy moved to Willmar, and he worked at Willmar Poultry Company for ten years. He later worked at Schwankes Tractor Museum in Willmar for ten years. He enjoyed wood working, gardening, collecting tractors, and watching the Minnesota Viking, Twins, and Gophers.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy, his children: Greg (and Julie) of Renville, Kerry of Minneapolis, Kim of Apple Valley, Pam (and Todd) Ruzicka of Randolph, MN, and Deb Ruth of Burnsville; his four grandchildren: Erik Dikken, Megan (and Jordan) Hegna, Cora Ruzicka, and Grace Ruzicka; his sister Luverne Kull of Renville, and his brother Marvin (and Jacqui) Dikken of Blue Earth; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings John, Annette, and Henry.

Dirks-Blem Funeral Home, Renville, Minnesota