Ted Lee Dykstra, age 69, of Knoxville passed away Thursday evening, Nov. 29, 2012, at the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics Emergency Room of Knoxville.
Ted was born on Sept. 1, 1943, in Knoxville to Leo Clark and Doris Mae (Porter) Dykstra. He was raised with his sister Patricia on the family farm near Knoxville.
During school Ted was very active in sports and music. He had a wonderful voice and was selected to the high school all state choir. He was a graduate of Knoxville High School, Class of 1961. After high school Ted attended the University of Iowa for a short time. He also attended Grandview and played on their baseball team for one season.
Ted came back to Knoxville from college and began farming with his father. Ted went to auctioneer school. Ted farmed and was an auctioneer for Bingley Sale Barn for many years, until 1984 when he built and began the Bingley-Dykstra Sale Barn. Ted owned and operated the sale barn for many years before selling his operation and then auctioneering farm and household auctions.
Ted enjoyed farming all his life, he enjoyed fishing, flying his airplane and was a wonderful singer. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, sang in the church choir and in men’s quartets.
Ted and Karon Rae Durham were united in marriage on Aug. 19, 1962. They were blessed with four children: Ted Lee II, Tammy, Todd, and Tim. Ted and Karon later divorced. On Oct. 11, 2003, Ted married Mary Dee Butterfield at the First United Methodist Church of Knoxville. Ted and Mary Dee shared nine years of marriage before Ted’s passing.
Ted is survived by his wife Mary Dee Dykstra of Knoxville; Ted’s four children: Ted Lee Dykstra II and wife Shannon of Pella, Tammy Laird and husband Scott of Dodge City, Kan., Todd Dykstra and wife Melanie of Voorheesville, N.Y., and Dr. Tim Dykstra and wife Christy of Pella; and 17 grandchildren. Mary Dee’s three children Connie Egger and husband Dean of Clive, Janice Grant and husband John of Birmingham, Ala., and Barbara George and husband Matt of Des Moines; and her four grandchildren. Ted is also survived by his mother Doris Dykstra of Knoxville; his sister, Patricia Haning and husband John of Knoxville.
Ted was preceded in death by his father Leo Dykstra.
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at the First United Methodist Church of Knoxville, with Pastors Lane Riggle and Elizabeth Hadler officiating. Burial followed services at Greenwood Cemetery of Knoxville.
A memorial in Ted’s memory will be established at a later date. Condolences may be sent to www.winfieldfh.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Winfield Funeral Home of Knoxville.