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In Memory of Elmer Adrian Dykstra
Elmer Adrian Dykstra
Born: March 12, 1929
Died: September 20, 2013
Age: 84
Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, September 25 at Hope Reformed Church in Spencer.

A military flag presentation will be held following the services at the church.
Pastor Russell Muilenburg
Todd Dykstra
Brian Dykstra
Dana Galm
Paul Galm
VerDon Schmidt
Morris "Butch" Rusch
Visitation will begin 2:30 P.M., Tuesday, September 24 with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
"Amazing Grace"
By Gary Klett

"To God Be The Glory"
"Great Is Thy Faithfulness"
By The Congregation
First Reformed Cemetery
Rural Everly, Iowa
1:15 P.M., Wednesday following the lunch at the church.
Elmer Adrian Dykstra
March 12, 1929 - September 20, 2013
Elmer Adrian Dykstra, the son of Adrian 'Ed' and Dorothy Dykstra, was born March 12, 1929 in Dalton, SD. They moved to a farm northwest of Everly in 1934, where he received his education at Waterford Country School and graduated from Everly High School in 1946. His devotion to the Everly Cattlefeeder sports teams spanned several decades; he was a dedicated, loyal and vocal fan.

Elmer married Gloria Snyder on October 1, 1950 in Hartley, Iowa. He entered the military and served with the U.S. Army in the supply depot in Baumholder, Germany from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1953. Elmer and Gloria returned to farm near Everly, Iowa, where they enjoyed many years raising their family. They retired to Spencer in 1993, living in the house they built on the Municipal Golf Course; giving Elmer the opportunity to pursue his favorite pastime. He especially enjoyed his time on the links with his granddaughter, Rachel.

He was a longtime active member of the First Reformed Church in Everly until moving to Spencer and joining Hope Reformed Church. He was a 4-H leader for many years; was a dedicated member of the Lions Club and the Spencer Y Mens. He was a lifelong cattle feeder and founding member of the Clay County Cattlemen. He also served as a board member for the Osceola Rural Water Board, the Minnesota Soybean Processors, and the Fostoria Cooperative Elevator.

He passed away at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer, Iowa on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the age of 84. Elmer was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter, Rebecca; one brother, Lester; his sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Ed Galm; and sisters-in-law, Pat and Norma Dykstra.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 63 years, Gloria; two sons: Randy and Rodney both of Everly; one daughter, Sandi Schmidt and her husband, Kirby of Spencer; a granddaughter, Rachel Hauck and her husband, Tom of Marion, IA; his brother, Vernon Dykstra of Okoboji, IA; his sister, Betty Bonker and her husband, Leonard of Harlingen, TX; his sister-in-law, Barb Dykstra of Everly, IA; other relatives and many friends.

And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, 'I need a caretaker.' So God made a farmer.

God said, 'I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of

the school board.' So God made a farmer.

'I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife's done feeding visiting ladies and tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon -- and mean it.' So God made a farmer.

God said, 'I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, 'Maybe next year.' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain'n from 'tractor back,' put in another seventy-two hours.' So God made a farmer.

God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor's place. So God made a farmer.

God said, 'I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark. It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week's work with a five-mile drive to church. 'Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'' So God made a farmer.

--Paul Harvey

Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Yo the Dykstra family,
My husband and I join so many others in sending our condolences on the death of Mr. Dykstra. We all say 'Thank you for his brave sacrifice and service to our country. We also offer Thanks for all he did to improve his community.My Dad( Sandy Salton) was also a 4-H leader and he had a lot of respect for your Dad. They enjoyed visiting about cattle, farming, and 4-H.Dadhad only good things to say about Your dad. Elmerwas a hard worker, and a kind gentleman who greeted our family with a big smile. God'sCountry blessings to your familyas you honor him by continuing his legacy and smiling in the days ahead as you remember this wonderful man. Peace , friends
LaVonne(Salton) Anderson
Thursday, October 03, 2013
So sorry to hear of Elmer's passing. I am also sorry that we could not attend his memorial. Please know that you and the whole family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Sheryl L. Phipps
Thursday, October 03, 2013
I just found out about Elmer's passing. I watched the video. It was very nice. I babysat for the family when I was in high school in the 50's. My dad was Ben Grimmius - neighbor. I am so sorry for your loss and I know he will be missed. God bless all of you.
Loretta (Grimmius) Rietz
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
You have our sympathies.
Arthur Schueneman
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
We wanted you to know that we have you in our thoughts and prayers. Our sympathies to your family.
Wayne and Diana Koppen
Friday, September 27, 2013
Dear Gloria, Sandi, Rodney and Randy, We are so very sorry about your loss. We are thinking of you and praying for you... With our very deepest sympathy, Jim and Jill Weerheim
Jim Weerheim
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
My heart breaks at your loss, I know Rodney, my late husband, thought the world of Elmer, and I remember him as a kind, gentle-hearted, country man, quick to smile and quick to offer a hand. May God's peace and love be with you. Elmer will be an angel of love and protection to you through your lives. With love and care, Victoria Snyder and Eric Snyder (wife and son of Rodney Lee Snyder of Dayton, MN)
Victoria A Snyder
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Our sympathy and prayers to all who knew and loved Elmer so. He was surely one of the good guys! Terry and Marcia Steffen
Terry & Marcia Steffen
Monday, September 23, 2013
Please know that we are thinking of you and sending God's blessings upon your family.
Diana and Wayne Koppen
Monday, September 23, 2013
So sorry to hear of your father's passing. Know that there are many friends who are thinking of you.
Betty L. Streets, co-worker
Monday, September 23, 2013
Sandi, Randy and Rodney - I am sorry to hear about your dad! I have many fond memories of Elmer and Gloria from First Reformed Church! Please accept my sympathy.
Sharon Roskens Holven
Monday, September 23, 2013
I am sorry to hear of Elmer's passing. I remember him fondly for always having a smile and a laugh each and every time I saw him. May God give you strength and peace in this time. My deepest condolences.
Jessie Russell
Monday, September 23, 2013
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Elmer. What a great man! Please take care as you go thru this difficult time. A prayer goes out to you and the family. KeithnShari
KeithnShari Roethler
Monday, September 23, 2013
Please know that we are thinking of you at this time. May God give you strength and peace as you go through these days ahead. Praying for you!!!
Bob & Audrey Schmidt
Monday, September 23, 2013
Sandi, Kirby and family,
Memories and the celebration of life for your father along with knowing how he through his years celebrated each member of his family. Those thoughts, prayers and hugs to you as his zest of life lives in each as well.
Jackie Paulsen
Monday, September 23, 2013
Sandi & Kirby, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May God comfort you & yor famil in this time of sorrow.
Pat & Eldon Larsen
Monday, September 23, 2013
Sandi and family, Sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. If there is anything I can do for you in this dificult time please let me know. God Bless you all
Kim A Jones
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Sandi, Kirby and family-- we were so sorry to hear of Elmer's passing. It is so difficult to lose a loved one. I pray that you find peace in the memories and in knowing that if he can no longer be with you, he could be in no better hands. May God carry you in the palm of his hands.
Wendy and Doug
Sunday, September 22, 2013
To the family of Elmer Dykstra;
You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you the comfort and peace you need as you go through this difficult time.
Jaris & Marcia Mulder
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Sandi and Kirby, Si sorry to hear of your loss. We all know that your dad is in a much better place. I feel your mom will be OK since she is in good hands of loving caregivers. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God will give you what you need to get through this.
Lee and Nancy Ketcham
Saturday, September 21, 2013
My heart goes out to you. Uncle Elmer was always very special to us. When I heard back from Elizabeth this morning, she said, "He was indeed a favorite uncle. He is with Dad now, and they are telling old stories and watching over us with Grandma and Grandpa." Know that our Good Lord holds you close at this time. I will continue to hold you in thought and uplift you in prayer. Sending you Love and Blessings now and in the days/weeks ahead. Take Care,
-M- :)
Molly Mulqueen
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