Ronald Dykstra

September 16, 1941 ~
March 29, 2021

Ronald Jay Dykstra, age 79, of Grandville, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord on Monday, March 29, 2021. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and friend who loved God and was loved by all. He overcame many hardships early in life to become a respected and compassionate mentor and leader. He impacted countless lives over the years through his many endeavors and service to the community. Ron played football at South High School and was crowned Homecoming King in 1959. At 15, he joined Junior Achievement and later rose to become President of the Board of Directors of the Grand Rapids Area Junior Achievement. Throughout his life he was involved with important community programs including: Kent County March of Dimes, Kendall School of Design’s annual campaign, Grand Rapids Jaycees, Baxter Community Center, Kent County Humane Society, President of United Way Board of Directors of Kent County, Grand Rapids Radio Broadcasters Association, Greater Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Press Club, Chair of the Downtown Management Board, Pine Rest Foundation Board of Governors, Prime Bank Board of Directors, and Trustee for Blodgett Memorial Medical Center. Ron worked at WZZM in TV sales before rising to Vice President and General Manager of WCUZ radio. He retired from WCUZ after 20 years and purchased AccuServe, a quality control inspection company and Paradigm-Plus, a secondary packaging facility. Ron was a longtime member of Fellowship CRC in Grandville and served as a youth pastor, deacon and elder. He served his country in the National Guard for six years. Ron battled Parkinson’s the last sixteen years of his life. We admire how he maintained his sense of humor, positive outlook and grateful spirit despite dealing with incredible challenges. His faith in Jesus as his Lord and Savior sustained him and gave him the assurance of God’s love, grace and eternal life. One of his greatest joys in life was his family. He enjoyed spending summers boating, fishing, and steerable kite flying at the family cottage on Hamlin Lake in Ludington, MI. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 55 years, Carole Dykstra; children, Michelle, Nicole (Jim), Ryan (Kelly); grandchildren, Alaina, Cameron, Jayce and Brooke; granddog, Bella; siblings, Jan (Jim) Terpstra, Carol (Jim) Schimmel, Kathy Sue (Randy) Musser, Rich Dykstra and Sandy Bewell, Joe (Reen) Dykstra; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Ray Dykstra and Judy (Dutch) Kornoely. As a family, we grieve that he is no longer with us, but we take comfort that he is with his Lord and Savior. “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, 4375 Ivanrest SW, Grandville, with Rev. Tom VanderPloeg officiating. Masks are required and must be worn at all times inside of the church. The burial will take place at Georgetown Township Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet the family Thursday, April 1, from 4-7 p.m. at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home (Grandville) 4145 Chicago Dr. SW, and Friday, April 2, from 9-9:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to The Potter’s House at www.tphgr.org.

The funeral service will be livestreamed and can be viewed via this link: https://vimeo.com/531333379

Visitation
Thursday, April 1
4:00pm - 7:00pm

MKD - Grandville
4145 Chicago Dr. SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Phone: (616) 534-8656

Visitation
Friday, April 2
9:00am - 10:00am

Fellowship Christian Reformed Church
4375 Ivanrest SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Funeral Service
Friday, April 2
10:00am

Fellowship Christian Reformed Church
4375 Ivanrest SW
Grandville, MI 49418

Leave Your Tribute Message

April 05, 2021 11:44am
Carole, Michelle and Ryan, We've only touched the surface of getting to know each other. You have my deepest empathy for your loss. May you enjoy fond memories and the comfort of family and friends for now and the days to come.

- John King

April 03, 2021 4:33pm
I met Ron when I joined the Jaycees. He was a couple of years older, an 'experienced' Jaycee. He encouraged me, as he did to so many. What a rare and wonderful gift Ron had. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure to have known him. Mark Levandoski

- Mark Levandoski

April 02, 2021 4:22pm
Dear Carole and family, Ron and I were good friends when we were in Grand Rapids Jaycees together many years ago. I remember him as a bright, shining light to me and all who knew him. I can't recall Ron ever having a down day or a bad word to ever say about anyone. His presence taught me lessons that I tried to put into practice every day of my own life. I am so sorry for your loss. Ron was a wonderful, wonderful guy who will be greatly missed by your family, and friends, but also by people like me whose lives he touched by the example of his own life. Please know that many of Ron's friends and acquaintances share your grief at his loss, but also the joy of having had him in our lives. Phil King, Spring Lake, MI

- Phil King

April 01, 2021 6:34pm
Sorry for your loss, Ron was a special man with a big heart. My time working at Accuserve was made more enjoyable with his positivity and encouragement. Prayers to the family. May you find strength and peace. Ron will not be forgotten.

- Sheila Dyke

April 01, 2021 2:08pm
I'm so very sorry Ryan and family to hear if your dad's passing. I knee him when I worked at WCUZ AM/FM. Such a great man, always came in smiling and made sure to say HI. Then who would've thought it, but I stayed working at Jarob Design with Ryan. I had learned of your family through your dad. Small world. My sincerest condolences Ryan. It's so hard to lose a parent. Lifting up all up in prayer during this difficult time. Lisa LaPrise (Riemersma)

- Lisa LaPrise

March 31, 2021 12:06pm
I met Ron in April 1991 after he had hired Brian as operations manager at WCUZ. He was kind, thoughtful and generous. I will always remember that he made us feel like family from the instant I met him. The WCUZ family welcomed us with open arms and we still have many life long cherished friendships that were made at WCUZ. The staff Christmas parties were always lovely and the staff family picnics in the summer were so much fun for our family. Thoughts and many prayers for his loving wife Carole, his children and grandchildren and the rest of his family. May God give you comfort in the days, weeks and months ahead.

- Cindy Wright

March 31, 2021 7:31am
Love and prayers to all the family during this difficult time. May God surround you in peace and love. The Terpstra family

- Loretta J Terpstra

March 30, 2021 3:32pm
I also had the pleasure of working for Ron many years ago at WCUZ. Those were great years. Carol, may God give you and the family peace and comfort, knowing Ron is healthy, happy, and whole.

- Jean DeHaan

March 30, 2021 2:20pm
I had the pleasure of working with Ron at two local television stations. He was a hard worker, self motivated, successful, and a class individual. RIP my friend and the good lord blessings and comfort to the family. Russ

- Russ Vossen

March 30, 2021 1:08pm
I was lucky to work for Ron at WCUZ where he treated the on-air, sales and support staff just like family--he was kind, wise and patient--and I'll never forget his his annual staff Christmas parties at the Penn Club! He was admired my many and will be missed by all.

- Cat Hanulcik-Perrigo

March 30, 2021 11:02am
I had the pleasure of working with Ron at WZZM back in the mid-70s. He was a true gentleman and a great person. May his family find peace soon and may his memory be a blessing.

- Michael Silverstein




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