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Calvin Dykema

Calvin Dykema, age 82, of Raymond, died Tuesday morning, July 12, at Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at First United Methodist Church in Raymond. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 15 at First United Methodist Church in Raymond and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Raymond. Memorials are preferred to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Arrangements are with Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar, www.petersonbrothers.com.

Calvin Nathan Dykema was born November 25, 1933, on the family farm near Roseland, Minnesota, the son of Simon and Johanna (Hoekstra) Dykema. He grew up and attended country school in the Roseland area. He began working for Harry and Kasjen Tebben on their cattle farm. From 1954 to 1956, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. On August 31, 1957, he married Carol Clough at First United Methodist Church in Raymond. They lived in California, where Calvin worked at El Dorado County Club. They later returned to Raymond and Calvin worked in road construction for many years working for Duininck, Berghuis, Minnesota Valley and Lundin Construction Companies until his retirement. He had a passion for farming and, in retirement, he helped several area farmers on their farms.

Calvin was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Raymond Lions and the Clara City American Legion. In his younger years, he was a member of the Roseland Sportsmen's Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Calvin will be remembered for his honesty, integrity and work ethic. He loved working with the land whether it be working with his crews, moving earth, farming or gardening. He also loved visiting with people, especially if they were discussing farming.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of Raymond; five children, Debra (and Rick) Gilbertson of Superior, WI, Jayne (and Larry) Zurn of Cambridge, Thomas (and Kristyn) Dykema of Raymond, Todd (and Lisa) Dykema of Sacred Heart, and Joel Dykema (and special friend, Alona) of Warroad; eleven grandchildren, Traivis Dykema, Noah Gilbertson, Lukas Dykema, Jordan Zurn, Ransom Dykema, Jack Dykema, Jenna Zurn-Hermes, Haley Radzak, Kendra Zurn, Kalli Dykema, and Annie Dykema; five great-grandchildren, Harlow Dykema, Imogene Dykema, Felix Dykema, Cooper Torgerson, and Eva Hermes; a brother, Donald (and Donna) Dykema of Overland Park, KS; two sisters, Charlotte (and James) Eddy of Fargo, ND, amd Mavis (and Dennis) Goeman of Raymond; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cemetery Details

Fairview Cemetery

Raymond, MN, 56282


JUL 15. 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

First United Methodist Church

409 Cofield Street North

Raymond, MN, US, 56282


JUL 16. 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

First United Methodist Church

409 Cofield Street North

Raymond, MN, US, 56282


JUL 16. 10:00 AM

First United Methodist Church

409 Cofield Street North

Raymond, MN, US, 56282

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Growing up not far from your house I rode bike by quite a bit growing up and would always see Cal sitting in his lawn chair in the front yard. Later on when Cal and Carol would go on vacation they would have me take care of Girbaud. When i seen Cal in May he was telling me the story of how my dad was responsible for him getting the tip of his one fingers messed up. My condolences to all of the Dykema family. And know you are in my prayers.

Tim Nephew - July 12, 2016 at 09:48 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

What a wonderful man. He was so nice to go and visit our mother, which made her so happy. She would always tell us when he had been there and how he always gave her a hug before he left. God bless

Val - July 13, 2016 at 08:48 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Plants-A-Plenty was purchased for the family of Calvin Dykema.

July 13, 2016 at 09:09 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Peace, Prayers & Blessings - Blue and White was purchased for the family of Calvin Dykema.

July 14, 2016 at 12:22 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Carol.Marlene Sietsema Noe

marlene noe - July 14, 2016 at 02:40 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Carol, thinking of you and your family as you say goodbye to Cal . Dorothy Grasmon

Dorothy Grasmon - July 15, 2016 at 01:40 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Carol; Denny's sister just told us about Calvin. Please accept our deepest sympathy. So many years have gone by and yet we always remember our friends from the days on road construction. We had some wonderful times together, and have so many fond memories. May God's strength be with you and your family and I know he will be with you during your time of grieving. Denny & Nita Strootman

Juanita Strootman - July 15, 2016 at 11:36 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM