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MACOMB - Darrell I. Dykstra, 60, of Macomb died at 7:55 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006, at his residence following a 12-year battle with cancer.

Born Dec. 5, 1945, in Hackensack, N.J., to D. Ivan and Kathryn Wisse Dykstra, he married Virginia Rae White on June 10, 1967, in Holland, Mich. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Kathryn Dykstra of Wooster, Ohio; one son, Derek Ivan (Kirsten) Dykstra of Montague, Mich.; one grandson, Dane Ivan Dykstra; and one brother, Brian (Ruth) Dykstra of Wooster, Ohio.

He was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Holland High School in Holland, Mich., and was a 1967 graduate of Harvard College.

He held a fellowship from the American Research Center in Egypt from 1971 to 1973 and received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan in 1977.

He taught at the University of Santa Clara from 1975 to 1976. He was professor of Middle Eastern history at Western Illinois University from 1977 to present, served in the advising center at Western from 1985 to 1990 and was the History Department graduate advisor from 1987 to 2005.

He held professional memberships in the American Research Center in Egypt, Middle East Studies Association, Middle East Institute and the American Historical Association.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Macomb.

A runner, he belonged to the Macomb Road Runners from 1981 to present and finished the Chicago Marathon in 1984. He enjoyed biking and skiing and was an avid woodworker.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb. The Rev. Amy Loving and Dr. John Hallwas will officiate. A celebration of his life will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Western Illinois University Union Lamoine Room. Cremation has been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Darrell I. Dykstra Scholarship Fund at the Western Illinois University Foundation.

Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign guest book at www.dodsworthfh.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 10, 2006
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