Marvin (Marv) Willis Dykema, 91, Died March 15, 2018 at St. Vincent’s Care Center surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 20, at Bismarck Community Church, 1617 Michigan Ave. You can also go to bismarckcc.org website to watch the memorial service if unable to attend. Burial will be held at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 – 8 p.m., Monday, March 19, with a prayer service at 7:00 at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Marvin was born July 9, 1926 to Abel and Wilmina (Millenaar) Dykema at Westfield, ND. Marvin attended country school. He was drafted into World War II. He served his country from November 1944 until December 1946.
Marvin graduated from Hanson Mechanical School in April 1948 in Fargo, ND. He also married Jean VanBeek In 1948. There were three children born to this union – 1 son and 2 daughters.
Marvin then worked for PSC Motor in Strasburg, ND from 1948 to 1952. He farmed from 1952 until 1956 at Westfield.
In 1956 Marvin moved his family to Mandan, where he worked for Chase Chevrolet for 20 years. They moved to Bismarck in 1963. In 1976 Marv and Jean bought Dykema’s Standard which they retired from in 1986. Marv then worked part-time until retiring in 1992.
Marv and Jean spent most of their retirement wintering in Hemet, CA and summers in Bismarck.
Marv and Jean planned and started the Bismarck Reformed Church (BRC) now the Bismarck Community Church. Marv was an elder in the Reformed Church for 25 years. He also taught Sunday school and was Sunday School Superintendent.
Marvin is survived by his wife Jean, son Larry (Cindy) of Bismarck, daughter Karen (Robert) Barnes of Lake Havasu City, AZ; three granddaughters: Kimberly (Paul) Bultema, Stacie (Russell) Korzeniewski and Christi (Nate) Nygaard all of Bismarck; two great grandchildren: Hailey Nygaard and Nicholas Korzeniewski; three step-grandchildren: Robert (Amy) Barnes, St. Michael, MN; Ryan Barnes, Alamosa, CO; and Corey (Rachel), Bismarck; four step-great grandchildren: Aidan, Nadia, Logan and Ally. Marv is also survived by two brothers – John, Linton, and Dennis, Strasburg; and one sister, Arlene Davis, Hazelton.
Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter Arlis Dykema Perry, and two brothers Louis and Orville Dykema.
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