Martin Jay Dykstra

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Martin Jay Dykstra, age 85, was called home to the Lord on January 26, 2020 after his third battle with cancer.

Martin was born in Holland, Michigan to James and Ella (DeVree) Dykstra.  In 1956 he graduated Calvin College as a medical technologist.  It is there that he met the love of his life, Ruthanne, and they were wed September 3, 1958.  The majority of their married life was lived in Florida.  Only recently did Martin and Ruthanne move to Overland Park, Kansas.

Martin served in his church as both a deacon and elder.  In addition, he found fulfillment serving on the Lake Worth Christian School board for over 20 years; serving multiple terms as board president.  In retirement he developed a passion to serve both institutions by tending to and beautifying the flowerbeds on both campuses. 

Throughout his life he enjoyed and made time to actively participate in the lives of his children and grandchildren. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Ruthanne; four children, daughter Jaye, her husband David Taylor; son Jeff and his wife Lynne; daughter Joanne Buchta; and daughter Jennifer Dykstra. Eight grandchildren: Jayna (Taylor) Thomas (husband Dane); Jackie Taylor; Joel Dykstra (wife Caley); Mark, Justin, and Megan Dykstra; Brian and Sara Buchta.  Sisters Sue Branderhorst, Jo Mass (husband Arlin), brother-In-law Dr. Dewey Heetderks Jr.

In addition to his parents, he was proceeded in death by sister-in-law Marilyn Heetderks; brother-in-law Don Branderhorst.


A Memorial Service is Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 2:00pm at the Colonial Village Chapel, 12500 W 137th St., Overland Park, KS 66221. Chaplin Mark Fenton and Pastor Mike Schnelle – Officiating

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution can be made to: Lake Worth Christian School (, Whitefield Academy (, or Kansas City Hospice and Paliative Care (


  1. Renee Lampman on January 30, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    Bub was a blessing to Lake Worth Christian! Bub and Tani cheered on the girls volleyball team for as long as I can remember. They both traveled all over the State cheering on the girls while they played. The campus at LWC always looked so nice with all of Bub’s hard work in the flower beds. Sending thoughts and prayers to his family.

  2. Jeff Van Kalker on January 30, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Mr. Dykstra (Bub) was a wonderful husband, father and friend. He always brought a smile to my face. Kim and I think about him (and Tani) often, especially on our anniversary. When Kim and I got married in Fort Myers, FL., we were blessed to have Bub and Tani at the service and the reception. After the reception, Kim and I stayed at the Sheraton Hotel for a night before we headed out of town for the Honeymoon. I’ll never forget the firs thing we saw when we walked in the door to the Hotel: Bub and Tani (who were staying there as well). It was a little awkward but wonderful, funny encounter. The next morning when we went downstairs for breakfast, who did we see first? None other than Bub an Tani again. We laughed, they wished us well and that was that. But from that day on, we think of Bub and Tani when we celebrate our anniversary and feel blessed to have know them.

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