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Obituary of Jay F. Dikkers

Jay Franklin Dikkers, the son of John Roy Dikkers and Virgie Carol (Grant) Dikkers, was born August 2, 1935 at Stillwater, MN and passed away on June 14, 2014 at the Cloud County Health Center, Concordia, KS at the age of 78 years, 10 months, and 12 days.
Jay grew up and attended school in Aurora, IA where he graduated from high school. He then attended the University of Northern Iowa
at Cedar Falls where he received his bachelor’s degree. He then attended
the University at Iowa City, IA where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree. Following his graduation, he taught high school for a year at Garnevillo, IA.
Jay then served with the United States Army for two years, being stationed at Denver, CO. Following his service, he taught school at Greeley West High School and Aims Community College where he also was the Chairman of the Humanities Department at Greeley, CO.
Jay’s pioneering spirit led him to a variety of interests that utilized his many talents. He was involved in helping to establish the Christian Community Church and School in Denver, CO along with many other endeavors in the communities in which he resided.
He moved to Arizona where he taught English and creative writing at the Maricopa County Community College for 13 years. He later moved to Rogue River, OR where he was involved in a business venture. In recent years, he has made his home in Formoso, KS.
On December 28, 1973, he was united in marriage to Leilani Cline at Ft. Collins, CO and she survives.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents, John and Virgie (Grant) Dikkers
He is survived by his wife, Leilani L. Dikkers of Formoso, KS, one son Mark Watkins, three daughters, Kerry Ott, Maureen Dikkers, and Amanda Robichaud all of Colorado; three brothers, Roy Dikkers of Fremont, WI, Thain Dikkers of Owatonna, MN, Noel Dikkers of Woodbury, MN, three sisters, Elizabeth Killeen of Revere, MA
Mary Hafner of Woodbury, MN, and Diane Axelrod of Eagan, MN;
Four grandchildren Kathryn Ott, Benjamin Ott, Glenna Giese, and Annie Watkins all of Colorado; nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Cremation was selected and private services and inurnment will be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to the Formoso Community Church.
Online condolences to
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS was in charge of the arrangements.


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