Lester Dykstra

Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Lester Dykstra

Funeral services for Lester Dykstra, 75, of Everly were held Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hartley. Rev. Dave Ericksen officiated the service.

Interment took place at First Reformed Church Cemetery in Everly following the lunch at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hartley.

Lester passed away Monday, Dec. 22, 2008 at his daughter's residence in Jackson, Wyo.

Lester William Dykstra, son of Dowina Louise Dykstra (Dorothy) and Adrian Michael Dykstra (Ed) was born Feb. 15, 1933, in Canistota, S.D. As an infant, he moved with his family to the rural Everly area in 1934, attending primary school at the Waterford Country School and high school in Everly, graduating in 1951.

He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Barbara Lou Kimball, on June 15, 1952, at First English Lutheran Church in Spencer, and they spent their lives together raising their five children and farming in the rural Everly and May City areas. He was active in the community and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of May City and later St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Hartley, where he was active in Lutheran Laymen's League. He loved to sing, golf, fish and was always up for a good game of cards. After retiring from farming in 1998 he volunteered at Camp Okoboji where he played a key role in building the cabin "Judges" in the winter of 2006-07, and was the sexton of the Lone Tree and Reformed Church cemeteries of rural Everly until diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2007.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Lawrence Jacob Dykstra; and son, David William Dykstra.

Lester is survived by his wife; three daughters: Vickie Dykstra of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Connie Swan and her husband, Steve of Dickens, and Jackson, Wyo., and Kay Black and her husband, Mark of Anchorage, Alaska; one son, Mark Dykstra and his wife, Michelle of Raymore, Mo.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers: Elmer and his wife, Gloria of Spencer, and Vernon and his wife, Norma of West Okoboji; and two sisters: Dorothy Galm and her husband, Edwin of Everly, and Betty Bonker and her husband, Leonard of Harlingen, Texas.

Warner Funeral Home in Everly was in charge of arrangements.