Jim was born in Waterloo, Iowa on November 4th, 1941 to Eldon Leo Dykes and Eileen Veronica (Meek) Dykes. He was the first-born of 5 youngsters. Jim attended St. Boniface Catholic Faculty in Ionia, Iowa, graduating in the Class of 1959. Escalating up, he farmed with his mothers and fathers in Ionia right before relocating to Minnesota. He achieved his long term wife of 57 decades, Nancy May Spicer, at the K-M Drive-Inn in Kasson, Minnesota. On November 23, 1963, he and Nancy ended up married at St. John’s Catholic Church in Dodge Middle, and jointly they experienced 5 little ones.
Following going to Minnesota, he labored at the Kasson Livestock Exchange and the City of Kasson. In 1965, he commenced a daily life-lengthy occupation at IBM in Rochester, Minnesota, retiring in 2003. There Jim labored in computer card design production, in which he satisfied lifestyle-extended mates. He and Nancy also interest-farmed in rural Kasson even though increasing their little ones.
Jim relished wood-doing work and home development projects with spouse and children and good friends. He most appreciated fishing the lakes of Northern Minnesota, settling at Donneybrook Farm Campground on North Lengthy Lake in Brainerd in 1979. He treasured expending time with his wife, 5 young children, 14 grandchildren, and two excellent-grandchildren, teaching all the young children how to fish and delight in lake-everyday living in Northern Minnesota.
Jim is survived by his spouse Nancy (Spicer) Dykes of Kasson, four siblings, Janice Williams (Butch Reynolds) of Eyota, Virgil Dykes (Connie) of Lake Metropolis, Joan Ehret (Walter) of Lewiston, and Jolene Anderson (Tom) of Byron four siblings-in-law, Sharril Wheeler of West Concord, Lennis Spicer of Ham Lake, Arlin Spicer (Sherrie) of Phoenix, AZ, and Michael Spicer his five children Perry Dykes (Mary) of Brainerd, Winette Prow (Steve) of Major Lake, Quintin Dykes of Rochester, Julie Johnson (Tom) of Mantorville, and Lynae Anderson (Dustin) of Lakeville. He is also survived by his 14 grandchildren: Kaitlyn Dykes, M.D., Nathan, Steven, and Zachary Dykes Kristi Jeska (Greg) and Mathew Prow Nick, Theresa, and Ben Peterson Cassie, Jared, and Colby Johnson Maya and Michael Anderson and two excellent-grandchildren Landon and Bria Jeska. Jim is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, and his doggy Sam.
He was preceded in demise by his mom and dad, Eldon and Eileen Dykes his moms and dads-in-law Lawrence and Norma Spicer, and brothers-in-regulation Neil Wheeler and Dan Williams.
A funeral mass is scheduled at St. John’s Catholic Church, 20 2nd St NE, Dodge Centre MN 55927 on Saturday, October 9th at 11:00AM. A luncheon will adhere to at the church.
Posted by Cremation Modern society of Minnesota on Aug. 27, 2021.