Harold “Harry” Dykstra

January 2, 1933 - September 27, 2020


Service: Please join us for a celebration of Harold's life at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 3 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, SD.

Sioux Falls, SD – Harold Dykstra passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving children on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the age of 87, at the Touchmark at All Saints community in Sioux Falls, SD.

            Harry was born at the home of his parents, Ed and Henrietta (Vis) Dykstra, in Perkins, Iowa on January 2, 1933. He received his high school diploma from Western Christian High School in Hull, IA in 1950, followed by an associate degree from Northwestern Junior College in 1952. He is preceded in death by his wife of over 52 years, Delores (Kleinwolterink), to whom he was married from April 24,1957 until her death in 2008. The couple made their home in Canton, SD, where they raised five children; Joel, Joan, Jean, Jonna, and Justin. Harold married Beverly Olson on May 3, 2014 in Rock Valley, IA, where they made their home until moving to Sioux Falls in 2019. Harry enjoyed a long career in the poultry and egg business, which he began in 1957 as the owner and operator of the Canton Produce and ended 50+ years later in 2014 at his retirement from his job as a manager of logistics and operations at Michael Foods at the age of 81.

            Harry’s long and joyful life was shared by his large family, including his six sisters, five brothers, five children, sixteen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren, as well as the numerous friends and acquaintances he made along the way. He lived a life devoted to Christ and the church, where he served God and others as elder, teacher, deacon, mentor and friend.

            Harry was a world class visitor. During his working years he would frequently go out of his way to visit relatives and dear friends and in retirement he traveled a regular route to brighten the days of many acquaintances in care facilities around the area.

            His legacy, including a steadfast love and everlasting devotion to Christ, family, and friends, is carried on in and celebrated through the lives of those he knew and loved. His wisdom, guidance, encouragement, lively conversation and irrepressible humor will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.

            Please join us for a celebration of Harold’s life at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 3 at Bethany Reformed Church in Canton, SD. Memorial contributions in Harry’s name can be directed to Hope Haven 1800 19th Street P.O. Box 70 Rock Valley, IA 51247

 

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Time: Oct 3, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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  1. To Harry’s family
    So sorry to hear about Harry. We have a contract poultry operation by Plymouth NE. Over the years he helped us many time with our flocks and would always be cheerful glad to see us. He would stop sometimes on his way back from seeing family. We missed seeing him since his retirement.
    The Vorderstrasse Family.

  2. Dykstra family,
    Loved Harry so much! What an amazing guy! He was defiantly a world class visiter and had time and joy to give everyone! He will truely be missed as a friend, mentor, father, & grandfather to many. Our condolences to the family! God bless!

  3. My sympathy to Harry’s family. My brother, Jim Lund worked with Harry and were friends for 60 years. I still hear them laughing together and supportive of each other and their families. Now they are laughing together again. May your memories of Harry sustain you.

    Deb (Lund) Howard

  4. Dear Joel and family,

    Our sympathy and prayers to you and your family. Your dad over saw our poultry operation here in Corsica for many years. Jesus our Hope. Dirk Van Vuuren

  5. Dear Family of Harry.
    The South Dakota Poultry Industries Association w (SDPIA) was very sad to hear of the loss of our fellow board member and friend. What a wonderful man, friend, colleague, and legendary poultryman in the North Central region. He had, and continues to have I am sure, such a gentle spirit and positive can-do attitude. We enjoyed his service on the SDPIA board from 1998 to 2014. SDPIA bestowed to him our highest honor, Lifetime Membership, in 2014, and he shall remain on that list forever. Thank you family for allowing him to share his time and experience with us. May God bless and comfort you all as you celebrate his wonderful life and grieve .
    David Zeman, DVM, PhD
    Executive Director SDPIA

  6. Worked with him for years at Michael Foods and was one of the sweetest, hard working guys I knew. When I quit to go back to school he sent me a dozen white roses and when got my degree and came back he made sure to see me whenever he was in Wakefield. He will be missed by many. Prayers to all of your family. Heaven received a perfect Angel.
    Tammie Mogus

  7. You all have my love, prayers and sympathy in the passing of your Dad, and husband Harry. I have many memories of him, and along the fun times Chuck and I had with him, that I really do treasure. He is surely missed! May God be very near all of you, and Bless you all, with God`s comfort, grace and strength in this sad time.

  8. Dearest Joel, Vicki and Family,
    Sending deepest condolences from England. Know this now Joel that your Father is in the arms of Our Father and is all is well again.
    God Bless you all.
    Debbie and family.

  9. Rest In Peace, dear friend, in the presence of your Lord and Savior!! We extend our condolences to Harry &Lori’s children and grandchildren. May each one of you feel God’s comforting Spirit upon you in your loss. We will treasure the memories we have made over the years.

  10. Dear Bev and children of Harry,
    My sympathy to you. When I was principal of Western Christian, Harry would stop in now and then as he did also at the Hull Senior Center. He was a special person and I thank God for his life.
    My love to all,
    Marion Van Soelen, Hull, Iowa

  11. Dear Joel and family, It is with deep sympathy I send you condolences in the loss of your father. May God wrap His arms around you and bless you from this point forward with fond memories of wonderful times spent with your Dad. Sending prayers your way in this difficult transition. Blessings, Teresa Halling