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Boyd Dykema

Boyd Dykema, age 73, of Murdo, died Saturday afternoon May 13, 2006 at the Fort Meade V.A. Medical Center.

Services were held Wednesday, May 17, at the United Methodist Church in Murdo, with Pastor Bob Duemig officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Seymour, organist. Register book attendants were Lisa Kessler and Barbara Venard. Ushers were Norman Buxcel and Everett Zaugg. Pallbearers were Chester McKenzie, Melvern Kessler, Gene Brink, Gary, Dean and Brad Block.

Interment with military honors was Wednesday at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

Boyd Dykema was born November 23, 1932, at Chamberlain, SD, the son of Hyltje and Sadie (Oldenkamp) Dykema. He grew up on a farm north of Okaton and received his education in that community.

As a young man, he joined the United States Army, training at Camp Chaffee, AR, and Ft. Sill, OK. He then served in the heavy artillery division in Germany for 13 months during the Korean War.

While in the service he was united in marriage to Joyce Finck on November 27, 1953, at Murdo. After his honorable discharge, they made their home on the family farm north of Okaton where they resided until moving into Kadoka, in 1958. Later they moved to Murdo, where they made their home until the time of his death. While in Murdo, he worked in the trucking business and later went to work for the Jones Co. Maintenance Department, a position he held until his retirement in 1996.

Boyd was an avid baseball fan and loyal supporter of the Atlanta Braves.

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Joyce Dykema of Murdo; three daughters and their spouses, Sherry and Bill Philips of Murdo, Lora and Brett Gibbs of LaMoure, ND, and Cindy and Mike Jost of Murdo; four grandchildren, Brooke and Suzie Jost and Georgie and Billy Gibbs; one brother, John Dykema and his wife, Ramona of Lyman, WY; three sisters, Berdina Huston of Sturgis, Ruth Royer of Sturgis, and Mary Elhers and her husband, Dave of Edmond, WA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Boyd was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ben Dykema.

A memorial is established. Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Philip.