Harold S. Dykhuizen - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

November 3, 1932 - January 11, 2023

Harold Simon Dykhuizen went home to Jesus peacefully on January 11, 2023. Harold was born November 3, 1932, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to William and Dora Dykhuizen. After graduating from high school, Harold attended Calvin College before joining the army at Fort Sheridan in the Chicago area and serving as a military policeman. After serving in the army, Harold attended Dunwoody Baking School in Minneapolis. He began his career as a baker in 1956 and owned his own bakery named Oxboro. He also had a storefront bakery in Walsh's grocery store.

Harold met the love of his life, Johanna VanOtterloo at First Christian Reformed Church in Minneapolis. They married in 1956 and were married for over 66 years. Harold and Jo had 3 daughters together; Sherry, Dawn, and Cathy. He was a fun and loving dad who took great interest in his daughters lives. In 1967, Harold quit the long hours at the bakery and worked for K&K Hauling, eventually owning the one truck rubbish service. After retirement in 1990, Harold kept busy volunteering at Bridging, his church, driving bus, baking at Perkins, and traveling. Harold loved adventures and always knew how to have fun.

He enjoyed playing and spending time with his grandchildren, Lisa, Hal, and Tanya when they were growing up. Harold and Jo always made an effort to attend their special events. He was a great fix-it-man, and his skills were in high demand from his daughters frequently. He worked hard and played hard. He always showed his love for his family, his friends and his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He lived his faith and served with joy. He will be missed.

Harold is preceded in death by his mother, Dora Dykhuizen(VanderWest); his father, William Dykhuizen; sister, Doris VerMerris; daughter, Sherry Phillips; granddaughter, Tatum Wagner. He will be missed by his loving wife, Johanna; his brother, Alvin (Jackie) Dykhuizen; his daughters, Dawn, Cathy (Dave) Guse; son-in-law, Mike Phillips; his grandchildren, Lisa (Piotr), Hal, Tanya; and great-grandchildren, Kam and Roen.

Memorials may be directed to Samaritan's Purse.


  1. Thom and Gwen Noor says:

    Aunt Jo, Dawn, Cathy, Dave, Mike and family,
    We are sorry for your loss and pray God will give you peace and comfort. Uncle Harold was a great uncle, loved his laugh, and I’m thankful I was able to see you a couple years ago. I have many great memories visiting you in Minnesota and I’ll always remember the bright blue camper he drove when you came to visit us in Michigan. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    With Love
    Thom and Gwen (Ver Merris) Noor

  2. Darek Mankowski says:

    Dear Johanna, Cathy, Dawn, Mike, Lisa, and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We did not have a chance to spend much time with Harold but from the first moment we met him we knew what a wonderful person he was. His sense of humor, his kindness made a great impression on us. We will always remember him as an optimistic and loving person.
    Mankowski Family

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