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Obituary for Michael Dykstra
Michael Donovan Dykstra of Peoria, IL and Naples, FL passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, Friday, April 4, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. He was born in 1939 to Ralph and Mabel Dykstra in Peoria, IL. He was preceded in passing by his parents and sister, Doris. He is survived by his wife, Nancee; sons, Paul (Erynn) and Scott; sister, Dottie (Don); grandchildren, Michael II and Reese; numerous nieces, nephews and sister-in-law, Diane (Dan) Horan. He graduated from Washington High School, University of Illinois with a double engineering degree. He lettered at University of Illinois as chair of Intramural Association. He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Society of Automotive Engineers, 32nd Degree Mason at Consistory Taylor Lodge #98 in Washington, Illinois, Illinois Valley Yacht and Canoe Club, Westminster Presbyterian Church and was on the board of directors at the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Michael worked for IBM, and then spent most of his career at Caterpillar, Inc., retiring in 2003. His passion was for the University of Illinois, boating, football, basketball, Chicago Bears, playing with children and grandchildren and traveling. Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a prayer service at 4 p.m. at Illinois Valley Yacht and Canoe Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peoria Regional Chapter of Autism Society of America, 507 East Armstrong Ave, Peoria, IL 61603, or donor’s choice.