KORNELIS D. ‘CASEY’ DYKSTRA, a longtime Mount Vernon resident, passed away on December 12, 2002 at The Life Care Center of Skagit Valley in Sedro-Woolley. He was 55 years of age. He was born on June 3, 1947 in Winsum, Groninger, Holland the son of Kornelius D. and Jeannette Veldman Dykstra, Sr. Casey came to America in 1951 with his family and settled in New Jersey. In 1952 the family moved to California and in 1954 to Sedro-Woolley. He was raised and attended schools in Mount Vernon, graduating with the class of 1965. While growing up he was active with the 4-H Club and showed dairy cattle at various shows and fairs. In 1966 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. After his discharge he attended Skagit Valley College for one year. Casey worked with his family on the family farm and was working there when they were the Dairy Family of the Year. He also drove trucks associated with the agriculture field. He was married to Sandra Saldate in Reno, Nevada on July 21, 1976. He was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Mount Vernon, a member of the VFW, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Disabled American Veterans. Casey enjoyed horses and the family dogs.
He is survived by his wife Sandra and their daughter Erica Dykstra, both of Mount Vernon. 3 sisters, Alice Oosterhof of Mount Vernon, Tietje Young and her husband Andy of Sedro-Woolley and Hebeltje Dykstra of New Hampshire. 2 brothers, Douwe Dykstra and his wife Ymkje of New Jersey and Henry Dykstra and his wife Charlotte of Burlington, and also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother Hendrick in 1936, his father Kornelius in 1983, his mother Jeannette in 1993 and a brother Theunis in 2002.
The family wishes to thank all the friends that gave of their time with Casey’s needs over the years, especially the caregivers and his nurses at the Life Care Center. The family suggests memorial be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 at 10:00 AM at the Hawthorne Memorial Park in Mount Vernon, with Military Honors by the George Baldridge Post #43, American Legion of Sedro-Woolley, followed by a Memorial Service at the First Christian Reformed Church in Mount Vernon at 11:30 AM with Pastor Michael Kooy officiating. A fellowship luncheon will follow at the church. Services and arrangements under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. You may share your thoughts and memories of Casey by signing our online guest book at www.lemleychapel.com.