Louis A. Dykstra

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Louis A. Dykstra, 87, of Marianna, died Friday, February 8, 2013, in County Home Personal Care, Bentleyville.


He was born December 1, 1925, in Peters Township, a son of Louis Dykstra Sr. and Kathryn Caraffi Dykstra.


Mr. Dykstra was a graduate of East Washington High School and a 1950 graduate of Lock Haven State Teachers College.


His first teaching job was at West Bethlehem High School and later at Bethlehem-Center Junior High School, where he taught pysical education and coached various sports over his career. He retired in 1987 after 36 years in education. He was a member of the Beth-Center Wrestling Hall of Fame.


Mr. Dykstra had a way of making everyone he met feel special through his wit, compassion and unwavering faith.


On June 12, 1946, he married his high school sweetheart and wife of 66 years, Ruth Dague, who survives.


Also surviving are two sons, Jeff (Molly) of Malden and Kent (Marsha) of Somerset; five grandchildren, Joren (Kelly), Brandt (Stephanie), Meredith, Kelsey and Chase; two great-granddaughters, Isla and Lydia; a brother, Terry (Jackie) of Solon, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.


Deceased is a brother, James, formerly of Houston.


He was a World War II veteran having served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Italy.


Mr. Dykstra was a devoted member of Zollarsville Methodist Church for 55 years, where he served as a lay speaker and trustee. He also was a member of Beth-Center Senior Center and a former chaplain with the Marianna Volunteer Fire Department.


At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation and all services will be private. Nichol Funeral Home, 1728 Main Street, Marianna, PA 15345. Memorial contributions may be made to Marianna Methodist Church or Beth-Center Senior Center. A guest book may be signed at www.nicholfuneralhome.com.


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