Norman Dykstra, 88, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at his home on Valley Center Rd. Norm was born on Feb. 7, 1924 on a farm west of Anceney, Mont. He was the youngest child of Andrew and Grace (Sinnema) Dykstra. He received his schooling at the Barnhart and Vincent schools.
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Norm married Jennie Brouwer on April 9, 1946 at the Manhattan Christian Reformed Church. They had two sons. He lived west of Bozeman until his death. Norm served as a deacon and an elder for many years at the Manhattan Christian Reformed Church, where he was a lifelong member.
Norm loved farming, long drives, and taking pictures. He also enjoyed going to coffee with his buddies, especially Sam Hoffman, who came and got Norm for coffee three times a week right up until the end. Thank you, Sam. Norm was well known for his kindness.
He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Linda Dykstra and his grandchildren, Kristin Dykstra, Ryan Dykstra and Curt (Danielle) Dykstra, all of Bozeman and Emilee Neiminen of Livingston; great-grandchildren, Tel, Nick, and Jaci Toews, Katey Dykstra, and JoeLyn Neiminen.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jennie Dykstra and his sons, Allen and Ken Dykstra.
Visitation hours will be from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in Hills Cemetery with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. at the Manhattan Christian Reformed Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to Heritage Christian School, 100 Discovery Lane, Bozeman, MT 59715, for the Dykstra-Toews great-grandchildren.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 19, 2012