John S. Dykstra, age 94, of Jackson, Minnesota, entered into rest on Sunday, August 15, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Society in Jackson. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021, at the Osterberg Funeral Home in Jackson. A Memorial Service will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Salem Lutheran Church, with Pastor Eunice Woodberry officiating. Burial will take place following the memorial service at Riverside Cemetery with Military Honors by Jackson American Legion Post #130.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
John Sullivan Dykstra, age 94, of Jackson Minnesota passed away peacefully at the Good Samaritan Home on August 15, 2021. He was born on November 29, 1926 to George and Mary Dykstra in Freeborn County, Minnesota. John was the fourth of seven sons born to the couple. They moved to Lakefield in 1937 and later to Jackson. John was a graduate of Lakefield High School. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy serving toward the end of WWII transporting troops from Southeast Asia to China. John and Dorothy were married on September 5, 1954. They moved to the property John’s parents initially farmed.
After his retirement from farming, he continued to work at the Jackson County Fairgrounds maintaining buildings and managing the program providing rental space for boats, campers, and RVs. In 2006, he and Dorothy moved to their current home in the town of Jackson. There they enjoyed the view of the river and watching all of the activity along the hiking trail. He enjoyed woodworking and tinkering with house projects. He was a proud member of the Legion and Lions organizations, spending many happy hours making pancakes. He also served for years on the cemetery board. Spending time with his morning coffee group and participating in a couple’s Bible study were important to him.
Living on the farm, he, Dorothy, Kim and Karen loved the outdoors and all of the animals. Over the years, John and Dorothy enjoyed long leisurely car trips across the country – to Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, to Kim’s home in Seattle, and Karen’s in North Carolina and Michigan. But their travel highlight was a trip to the Netherlands where John got to meet his Dutch relatives and see his father’s homes and his church. In 2011 he traveled with the Honor Flight program to tour Washington DC, specifically to see the new WWII monument commemorating those who served in that war.
He joined the First Presbyterian Church on July 2, 1942. John loved his church, being a faithful member for 80 years. During this time, he was ordained as an Elder and Deacon, and served on many committees.
In December of 2019 he sustained a stroke which necessitated moving from his home to the Good Samaritan Home of Jackson where he resided until his death.
John was known for his gentleness, kindness, love for animals, faith in God and most importantly the love for his family. The farm became a paradise for his daughters growing up.
John is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 66 years. His daughters Kim (Brian) Boase and Karen (Mark) Dykstra Nielsen, three grandchildren Matt (Allison), Jordan (Bailey), Adam (Margaret), three great grandchildren (Lincoln, Cannon and Scarlett), and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and six brothers, Dewey, Jake, Marvin, Charles, Don and Frank, his nephews David, Joel, Jeffrey, Jim, Kevin and Kalen Ratzlaff.
Blessed be the memory of John.
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