Elbert "Al" Duane Dykes, age 84, of Oscoda passed away on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014 at Covenant Hospital in Saginaw.
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Elbert was born in Mitchell, S.D. to Albert and Genevieve Dykes on April 21, 1930.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Catherine, whom he married on Aug. 7, 1951 in Bay City, and the children he loved so much, Darla (Dale) Begley, Diane (Gary) Price, Dee (Phil) Burch and Dale (Jenny) Dykes.
He was preceded in death by his son, Dan Warren, in 2006.
He rejoiced in having his grandchildren around him, Dale Dykes Jr., Christopher Dykes, Christopher Herrod, Deanna (Michael) Price, Stephen Price, Nathan Price, Jessica Price, Justin (Rhiannon) DuBree, Charles DuBree, as well as his several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Michael Bell, in 1993.
The pride and joy of his life were his great grandchildren, Gracie Schroeder, Hazel Dykes, Jayden Price-McLeod, Michael Price, Adrian DuBree and Carley DuBree.
Elbert had six siblings, surviving are Mary Jacobs, Helen (Richard Rickert) Strawn and Connie (Edmund) Coyer. Those preceding him in death were Thomas Dykes, Jean Jones and David Dykes.
He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Dykes, and brother-in-law Noble Jones.
Elbert served in the U.S. Navy for four years, being honorably discharged in 1950. He was a heavy equipment mechanic by trade and, after moving to Oscoda in 1962, ran the Texaco gas station before entering Civil Service, first at Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, then at White Sands Missile Range in Almogordo, N.M.
After retiring in 1990, he spent time in Florida and Oscoda.
Elbert was active in the community and was a former member of the Oscoda AuSable Jaycees and Oscoda Yacht Club. He sponsored several race cars for the local race tracks. He served on the Oscoda Township Fire Department and Oscoda dive team for several years and was assistant chief of the Greenbush Fire Department for many years. He loved NASCAR and, in his younger years, enjoyed hunting and fishing with his sons and brothers.
A celebration of life and memorial service will be held on Sept. 6 at Grace Community Church, 6012 N. Skeel Ave., Oscoda at 2 p.m., with Pastor Phil Burch officiating. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family or Grace Community Church.
Published in Iosco County News-Herald from Aug. 21 to Sept. 2, 2014