Carl Dykman

Major Carl J. Dykman, USAF (Ret), age 88, passed away on December 17, 2013. He was born on June, 21, 1925 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to John and Margaret Dykman. He was raised in the house that his father built in Trucksville, PA until he went into the service of his country in August of 1943. Carl graduated from Kingston Township High School in May of 1943. He played the clarinet and violin in his high school orchestra and the bass horn in his high school band. Carl entered the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in August of 1943 at Greensboro Basic Training Center in Greensboro, NC. During his training, he was assigned to flight schools in Douglas, GA, Montgomery, AL, and Columbus, MS where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and rated as a pilot. Carl served in Japan during the occupation of that country immediately after the war. Upon reassignment to the United States he went to San Antonio, TX. From there he was assigned to Keesler AFB, MS where he remained until 1954. While at Keesler AFB, Carl married Minnie Lee Kreiser, adopted her son Benjamin and they adopted a daughter Margaret Ann. He was reassigned to Korea for a one year tour and then was joined by his family for a two year tour in Japan. After completing the tour in Japan in 1960, Carl attended the Communications and Staff Officers School at Keesler AFB with subsequent assignment to the 1370th Photo-Mapping Wing at Turner AFB, GA. In 1962 Carl and his family went to Korea where he was assigned as an Advisor to the Republic of Korea Air Force. Upon completing a two year tour with ROKAF he was reassigned to fly C-130's at McGuire AFB in NJ. Carl retired from the USAF in 1967 and moved his family to San Antonio, TX. He attended Trinity University where he graduated Summa Cum Laud in 1972 with a BA in Education. He immediately enrolled at the University of Alabama where he graduated in 1973 with a MA as an Audiologist and returned to San Antonio where he began a second career as a teacher of elementary age deaf children doing woodworking. That career ended with retirement in 1988. His wife, Minnie Lee preceded him in death in 1981. Carl began his active involvement with mission work in 1990 following a Walk to Emmaus by joining Bill and Diana Upchurch in Zaire for three months as a teacher in the woodshop at Wembo Nyama. He continued his love for missions throughout the rest of his life. In 1994, he married Theressa (Teri) Dold and they enjoyed traveling in their RV's and doing mission work along the way. He was active in Coker United Methodist Church and many of Carl's woodworking projects can be found throughout the facility. Carl made it his mission to assure that every Coker adult and youth that went on a mission trip took along one of his little crosses to give to someone they met. Carl and Teri donated the recently dedicated Circuit Rider RV Park at Mt. Wesley Conference Center in Kerrville, TX. In addition to flying, Carl was fascinated by trains and scratch-built several engines which he named "Camel, Junction and Dromedary" (CJD). He also built several hammer dulcimers, bowed psaltery, a mountain dulcimer, and an autoharp, which he and Teri played. Carl liked to write and in 2003 self-published his memoirs in "My Love Affair with Airplanes and other events in my life", followed in 2010 by "A narrative of God's Watchfullness". Until the time of his stroke in February, Carl was active in Coker's United Methodist Men, Questors Sunday School Class, San Antonio Woodworkers Guild, National United Methodist Campers, Texas Discovery Road Runners and a Friday Morning Bible study group of mostly retired military. He was an avid reader and a born teacher and was in his element when given the opportunity to pass on his knowledge of any subject to the next generation. Carl is survived by his wife, Teri; daughter, Margaret Ann (Marty) Taylor and husband, Wade; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Diane Dykman and countless friends. His son, Benjamin died in 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed by Coker United Methodist Church, 231 E. North Loop Road, San Antonio, TX 78216, by the 63rd Preservation Society, Inc., WWII Flight Training Museum, P.O Box 2770, Douglas, GA 31534, or by the .

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Published in Express-News on Dec. 21, 2013