Thomas Allard Dykstra
1958 - 2018
Thomas Allard Dykstra, aged 60, of Ida, passed away at his home on Sunday, June 10th, 2018. Thomas was born April 25th, 1958 in Kalamazoo, Mich. He graduated from Portage Central High School in 1976. He returned to Portage as a vocational teacher for 23 years. Deeply committed to education, Thomas completed his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley State University in 2003 and transitioned into school administration for another 14 years. He retired from Ida High School in 2015.
Thomas could often be found on the golf course or working in his woodshop. He also loved fishing, automotive racing, and riding his motorcycle. More than any of these, he greatly loved his family.
To cherish his memory, Thomas leaves his loving wife, Sharon; his children: Alex Dykstra, Rebecca (Andrew) Campbell, Paul (Kathy) Fox, Jennifer (Dale) Schmatz; his sister, Mary Farrington; and his grandchildren; Jared, Ryan, and Emily Schmatz.
In addition to his parents, Allard and Barbara Dykstra, Thomas was preceded in death by his sister, Sarah Dykstra; and his nephew, Daniel Rogers.
A celebration of Thomas’ life will be held at Capaul Funeral Home, 8216 Ida West Road, Ida, MI, 48140. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 14th from 11AM to 1PM, and the service will be held at 1PM. Pastor Mark McCaskill of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Ida, MI, will officiate. Cremation has occurred. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.