Date of Death: April 14, 2020
Private family services will be held at this time and a celebration of Mr. Dykstra’s life will take place at a later date.
Interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery.
Arthur “Art” John Dykstra, age 90, of Three Rivers, went to be with his Lord peacefully on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Safe Haven Assisted Living. He was born on April 4, 1930 in Sioux Center, Iowa, son of the late John and Anna (Wyma) Dykstra.
Art served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force. On June 5, 1953 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mrs. Nelva (Kraai) Dykstra. Art and Nelva were faithful members of the Three Rivers Christian Reformed Church and later, Bethany Chapel, where they made many lasting friendships. Art took pride in serving his community. He was the founding father of the Three Rivers Youth Bowling League and served as President of the Three Rivers Jaycees. Art also served as Chairman of the annual Three Rivers Community Chest Drive. Art worked as a sales representative, and later in customer service, for the Michigan Gas & Electric Company (Semco Energy) before his retirement.
Art was preceded in death by his wife, Nelva, his parents, John and Anna, brother, Martin, and three sisters, Kathrine, Annetta, and Jeanette.
Art leaves to cherish his loving memory, four sons, Terrill (Joan), Dennis (Jeanie), Arlen (Joyce), and David (Diane) Dykstra; brother, Chuck (June) Dykstra; ten beloved grandchildren; and eleven great- grandchildren.
Memorials in Art’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Bethany Chapel. Envelopes are available and may be sent to Hohner Funeral Home in care of his arrangements.
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To the Dykstra Family, Your dad was very special to me as he was my youth bowling coach. I continued to have respect and a special place in my heart for him always, and briefly worked with him when I worked at Michigan Power. My mom invited him to my surprise 21st birthday party, and both he and you mom came. I apologize, as I did not hear of this sooner, have not lived in TR over 30 years. I just came across that you had this loss. He was truly a good man. I imagine him bowling in heaven now.
Michelle Boyle (Rohrer)
We want to extend our sympathy to the family of Uncle Art – especially to his four sons – Terry, Denny, Arlen and David and their spouses. Uncle Art was clearly a committed Christian husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
We are sorry to hear of Art’s passing. We have so many great memories floating around in our heads: when we , we were looking for a church home back in the 1980’s, the Christian Reformed Church was one of them made , and who was the first people to meet us at the door? Art and Nelva. Their sincere and warm smiles reminded us of our own parents…Art and Nelva were like parents to us and our whole family. Art will be missed by everyone, but it’s awesome to know Art and Nelva are back together again watching over us. God bless the whole family; Dale and Jan Stensland
I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a neat guy, I liked him very much. Don’t know the whole family but David and Arlen I do. He is with your mom and they are doing fine and watching over all of you. Wishing you all good health.
Art was wonderful man and will be greatly missed. While visiting with Art he shared the loves of his life. Art loved his family and we talked often about his wife, sons and their families.. Art also loved going to church. He was a faithful attender and always had encouraging comments about the service’s. Art loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and is enjoying the splendors of heaven. Praying God will comfort the hearts of Arts family.
We want to express our sympathy to the family in the loss of your father, our Uncle Art. He was always an enjoyable man to be with and brought much love to those around him.
Art was such a joy to get to know as one of the Safe Haven family. He was available for a story of his past years and even as a graduate if TRHS. One thing that comes to my mind was that Art was such a gentleman. He was thoughtful and kind, and a good friend to my mother. I know Art has a promise of an everlasting life, and he is at peace. His life was a blessing to many, many people.
We are saddened to hear about Art’s passing. We have great memories of him at Church and many other opportunities that we were together. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and give good advice. We will miss his wonderful smile! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.
Art was such a joy to know! he always had a smile and good sense of humor! Such a blessing to have known him. Prayers and hugs for the family! God Bless.
I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a great man who helped raise a terrific family. Love you all.
Sympathies to all of you in the passing of your dearly beloved father and grandfather. We are thankful to God for giving us this dear man. He will be missed. Hope to have a heavenly reunion some day!
Thanks for all your love and support Mary!
Thinking of you it is never easy losing a parent. Remembering all the great times spent with your folks as you all grew up take care. Andy and Mary Kay
So sorry to here about Art he was a great Husband, Father and Grandfather and a great human being Kids you had a great father and he will missed.
Uncle Art will be missed. He always made me feel so welcome and I loved coming to his house every summer as a little girl.
I am sorry for the way this story has to end. I am grateful that he is heaven with his Lord but sorry that I can’t come and give all of you a hug
Art was a special man that will always have a piece of my heart. The day Luann and I toured Safe Haven for mama’s placement Art greeted us. That was the selling point! Mama moved in with her dog and Art and Sweetie became the very best of friends. He was a great overseer for my mama and treated her like a lady. They laughed, danced and conversed. The two supported each other and found deep friendship in their final years. Our families have blended and we send our love and sincere sympathy to each of you. Art, with no hair, we will miss you.
The Irene Wardle Sordyl Family and Sweets