John Dvirnak

A Funeral service for John Dvirnak, 95, of Killdeer, will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Killdeer with Reverend Lee Johnson officiating. 

John Dvrinak

Posted August 31, 2012

Burial will follow in the Russian Baptist Cemetery near Killdeer.

Family will be receiving Friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Killdeer.

John Dvirnak went to His Heavenly Home on Sunday, August 26, 2012. Family was with him at Hill Top Home of Comfort in Killdeer, ND. John was born to Mary (Sahydak) and Jack Dvirnak on June 12, 1917. He was born in a sod house on his mother’s homestead in rural Killdeer, ND. The family later moved to the Diamond C Ranch. John attended Richloam Country School through 6th grade. He finished his formal education by graduating from the 8th grade in the Oakdale country school. He was an avid reader and a life -long learner. John loved the life of a cowboy and rancher and continued working on the ranch into his 90’s. In his lifetime, he enjoyed training horses, raising cattle, rodeos and remembering friends he knew while herding cattle on the reservation. On June 9, 1946 he married the love of his life, Alice Fannik, at the First Baptist Church of Max, ND. John and Alice lived on the Diamond C Ranch near Killdeer. Some of their favorite times were on the ranch with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. John’s gift of hospitality showed even as he moved into Hill Top. John and Alice were blessed with three children: Lois (Robert) Crandall, Wabash, IN; Joyce (Lee) Johnson, Galesburg, IL; and Lorin (Karen) Dvirnak who own and operate the family ranch. Joyce has four children: Alicia (Jeff) Warren, Naomi (Philip) Wai, Blake (Lydia) Johnson, Debbie (Adam) Welty. Lorin has two girls: Lori (Marty) Lundblad and Juanita (Jon-Paul) Steenbakkers. They have three great-grandsons and five great-granddaughters.

John was a member of Killdeer First Baptist church until it closed and then attended Immanuel Baptist Church in Dickinson, ND. John amazed people with his knowledge of the Bible. He even had the correct answers when games like Bible Trivia were wrong. John taught Adult Sunday School and preached as needed. He was a member of the Gideons International for about 40 years.

John and Alice liked to travel, camp, and visit. They never knew a stranger. Alice especially likes to garden and their flowers are gorgeous. John worked in the garden and yard and mowed lawn even as he turned 95.

Survivors include: three sisters, Kathryn Lynch of Dunn Center, “Lolly” (Alice) Starnes of Lubbock, Texas, “Nettie” (Nadia) Maxwell of Boulder, CO; two brothers, Aleck (Grayce) Dvirnak of Grand Junction, CO, and George (Florence) Dvirnak of Longmont, CO; sisters-in-law, Kay Dvirnak of Killdeer, Lila and LaVonne Fannik of Max, ND.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Albert and Elmer.

John was instrumental in starting an American Baptist Church camp near Drake, ND. Camp Bentley remained important to John; in fact he attended Men’s camp at age 94. Memorials may be designated for Camp Bentley or Gideon International.

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