Obit: Van Dyk, John (1932 - 2010)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Van Dyk, Huls, De Berg, Mason, Knutson,
Rakestraw, Jackson, Hale, Sukopp, Ihnken, Rendell, Stoerp,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark
Co., WI.) June 2, 2010
Van Dyk, John (1 July 1932 - 26 May
John Van Dyk, 77, of Chili died Wednesday, may 26,
2010 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield.
John Van Dyk was born July 1, 1932, the son of John
and Wimke (Huls) Van Dyk, in Melvin, IA, where his family farmed
and where John attended the Ocheyedan #9 Country School. He
was united in marriage Aug. 12, 1954 to Delores De Berg at the
First Reformed Church in Melvin, IA. They farmed in Minnesota and
moved to May City, IA, in 1959 and lived there until 1963 when they
moved to a farm in Chili. While farming, John also worked at
the Canning Factory in Loyal and later the Norwood Health Care
Center in Marshfield for 29 years. He performed various jobs
there such as a technician, ward clerk and maintenance.
John loved horses, playing horseshoes, bowling,
fishing, hunting, pool and roller skating. He was known for
his good sense of humor, and he enjoyed a good strawberry shake
every now and then. He loved spending time with his
grandchildren and having picnics with his bowling and horseshoe
buddies. John was an expert at breaking horses and loved
going on trail rides.
He is survived by his wife, Delores, of Chili; five
grandchildren, Dawn Mason of Eau Claire, Becky (David) Knutson of
Altoona, Crystal Rakestraw of River Falls, Allen-John Jackson of
Boyd and Tanya (Mike) Hale of Neillsville; and seven
great-grandchildren. He is further survived by two brothers,
George Van Dyk of Wisconsin Dells and Allen (Lila) Van Dyk of
Sibley, IA, and a sister-in-law, June Van Dyk of Boyden,
John was preceded in death by his parents; a son,
James Van Dyk; a daughter, Diane Rakestraw; two
great-grandchildren, Jason Sukopp and Desiree Knutson; an infant
brother, Daniel; a sister, Anna Ihnken and brothers, Henry, Kobus
Funeral services for John were held at 11 a.m.,
Saturday, May 29, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in
Chili. Pastor Sally Rendell officiated. Music was
provided by Sally Rendell and Jerry Stoerp, vocalists, Dale
Dickerson, guitarist and Charlotte Drescher, organist. Visitation
was held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service at
the church. Interment was in the Immanuel United Methodist
Church Cemetery in Chili.
Online condolences may be made at www.GescheFH.com.
The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting John’s
family with funeral arrangements.