Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
Fax: (616) 455-2035
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 


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Esther Lucille Jasper Dykhouse 

Service: To be held at a later date

Esther Lucille (Jasper) Dykhouse was born February 3, 1925 on a farm in Trosky, Minnesota to James and Henrietta (Visser) Jasper. After high school graduation, she attended Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. She began her teaching career “Little House on the (MN) Prairie" style, teaching grades one through twelve in a one room schoolhouse with no electricity and only a potbelly stove for heat. After a challenging year, she found a job at Glendale (California) Christian School and took the train west. She met Peter Dykhouse, a WWII combat veteran, while attending Glendale Christian Reformed Church. They were married in Woodstock, Minnesota on August 12, 1948. After a honeymoon to his hometown in McBain, Michigan, they settled in Southern California, where their five children were born. In 1970 they purchased the Boyington Motel in Goodland, KS and moved there with their three youngest children. They semi-retired in 1977 and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, managing their three motels from a distance until they completely retired in 1985.

Pete and Esther loved to travel, researching genealogy and his war memories. After Pete's death in 1985, Esther continued to travel, visiting many countries including the Holy Land and a Bible smuggling trip to China.
Esther was a gifted seamstress, talented at crochet and handicrafts. She made beautiful clothes, dolls, and the BEST crochet lace trimmed receiving blanket for all of her grandchildren.  
She enjoyed antiques and collected hundreds of salt and pepper shakers. Esther was a voracious reader and volunteer church librarian for over 30 years.
Above all, she loved her Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Esther fought hard for life with a desire to continue actively mothering Winston, her special needs son.  She experienced nine heart attacks, several major surgeries, broken bones and joint replacements  She was still living in her own home on December 31, 2019 when she fell and broke her femur. Within a few weeks she was placed in hospice. Esther passed to her eternal home on April 4, 2020 from Grand Rapids, MI.

She is lovingly remembered by her five children: Rod and Connie Dykhouse of Templeton, CA, Loretta and Alan Tolen of Bellflower, CA, Winston Dykhouse of Wyoming, MI, Lorraine (Lori) and Jerry Dutton of Crawford, CO and Glenda and Dan Bowman of Jenison, MI., her delight and joy...seventeen  grandchildren and thirty-one great grandchildren, her brother Harold Jasper of Edgerton, MN and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete, parents, siblings, (Don, Bernice, Bernard and Leroy), her infant grandson, James Bowman and infant great granddaughter, Dorothy Dagney Walz-Dutton.

 A memorial service will be held at a later date.

1095 68TH ST SE


# Cynthia Dutton 2020-04-07 20:58
A loving tribute to an amazing woman. What a wonderful legacy she has left behind. Condolences from all of the PA Dutton families.

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