DE LEON William (Bill) C. Dykstra, 74, passed away on Saturday, May 3, 2008.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2008, at Nowlin Funeral Home in De Leon.

He was born March 9, 1934, to Albert E. and Wanda B. Dykstra in Albia Iowa. He graduated from high school in Jewel, Iowa. On June 20, 1953, Bill married Patricia L. Rosburg. He professed his faith in the Lutheran Church. They had two sons William N. and Kent P.

Bill served in the Army, achieving the rank of SP5. He was stationed at Fort Louis Washington and at the atomic testing grounds at Camp Desert Rock, Nev.

In 1964 Bill moved his family to Odessa, where he resided for 25 years. He worked construction, before going to work for CSI. He retired from CSI after 16 years as Production Plant Manager.

While in Odessa he was an active member of Junior Livestock Association. He also helped build countless pieces of equipment for the 4-H and FFA clubs.

After his retirement Bill and Pat moved to De Leon, where they enjoyed raising cattle, farming and entertaining the grandkids. After his loving wife passed in 1994, he stayed busy helping others and by passing on his love for music.

Bill never met a stranger and would help anyone in need. He lived his life with incredible honesty and hard work and expected everyone to do the same. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Wanda Dykstra, wife Patricia and brother Kyle.

He is survived by his son William and wife Lori, grandson Kevin of Eldorado, and grandson Alan and wife Sheena of San Angelo, son Kent and wife Paula, grandchildren Jonathan, Cody and Alyssa of Odessa, sisters, Margaret and husband Dick Hrubesky and Beaulah and husband Lee Williams of Wisconsin and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by many close friends.

Published May 7, 2008

Stephenville Empire-Tribune