Daniel Stephen Wirkus

2/15/1956 – 7/22/2011

Daniel S. Wirkus, 55, of Sioux Falls, SD, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at the Southridge Nursing Home in Sioux Falls, after a lengthy battle with health issues.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 am, Friday, July 29, 2011, at Linwood Wesleyan Church of Sioux Falls with Pastor Jason Mueller officiating. Visitation will begin one hour before.

Daniel Stephen Wirkus, was born on February 15, 1956, in Webster, SD to Louie and Margaret (Harper) Wirkus. He was raised and educated in the Clark area. When he left school, Dan joined the Job Corps and worked in Montana doing carpentry. Dan traveled and worked in many locations of the mid-west including IA, CO, MN and SD doing sorted construction jobs but primarily performing carpentry positions. On July 15, 1983, Dan married Gail Miller in Ft. Collins, CO. They had four sons. Dan lived for his boys and loved spending time doing anything with them. He especially enjoyed the Denver Broncos and cooking. Dan was extremely well known for his chili. He entered several cook-offs and even won one. He also was remembered for the wonderful holiday meals where everyone else was forbidden from the kitchen while he made the Christmas, Easter, or Thanksgiving specialties.

Dan is survived by his wife; Gail, Sioux Falls, five sons; Darin Sietsma, Billings, MT, Corey Wirkus, Carlsbad, CA, and Shandon, Lance, and Cody Wirkus, of Sioux Falls, one grandson; Jayden Wirkus, four grand-daughters; Mikaylah Wirkus, Mikaylah Sietsma,  Kailyn Wirkus, and Mia Wirkus, mother Margaret Wirkus, Clark, seven brothers; Bob (Sandy), Rapid City, Tom (Kim), Clark, SD, Eddie, FL, Harley (Julie), Rapid City, David, Berthoud, CO, Kevin (Mindy), Watertown, SD, Jeff (Sheri), Watertown, SD, and two sisters; Linda (Mike) Helkenn, Clark, and Margie Wirkus, of Clark.

Dan was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Stephen.

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  • Debbie Bollhoefner (Wirkus) says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Especially Aunt Margaret, Gail and the kids. Not to mention the rest of the Wirkus family. I am so sorry for your loss and pray that God will provide comfort and His healing strength during this time of need.

    Debbie (Colorado Cousin)

  • Kate Recktenwald says:

    Gail, Corey, Shandon, Lance and Cody, I am so sorry for your loss. My mom and I have many fond memories of Dan and the Wirkus family!

  • Jenny Tiehen says:

    Our prayers are with you and the boys during this sorrowful time.


    Gregg, Jenny, and Garrett Tiehen

  • Clarence and Ellen Wirkus says:

    Our thoughts

    and prayers are with all of Danny’s family at this sad time in their life. He is in a much better place and seeing his Dad and Brother is a wonderful thing.Special prayers for his Mother. We are Danny’s uncle and aunt from Minnesota.I hope to see you sons of Danny if you can come to family reunion on the 13th of Aug. 4 miles west of clark. Family is soo important at this time of your grieving. God bless all of you and know you will see him again.. Your great aunt.Ellen

  • Vicky Lindsey says:

    Dear Julie and Harley, Bob and Sandy, Margaret, Linda, Gail and sons, and entire Wirkus family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Danny’s passing and our hearts go out to all of you with love and prayers for God to wrap His loving arms tightly around all of you, giving His strength, peace, love and comfort as He heals all your sorrow through this sad time.

    Vicky and rest of Bryngelson family.

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