Obit: Van Dyk, James Allen (1959 - 2005)

Contact:  Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Van Dyk, De Berg, Horvat, Rakestraw, Mickett

----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, WI) September 7, 2005

Van Dyk, James Allen (April 12, 1959 - August 30, 2005)

James Van Dyk, age 46, of Chili, died on Tuesday, August 30, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

James Allen Van Dyk was born on April 12, 1959 in Sheldon, IA, to John and Delores (De Berg) Van Dyk. In 1963 they moved to Chili. At a very young age he loved to show horses and won awards for showmanship for five years. He graduated from Marshfield High School in 1977. James was united in marriage to Camille Horvat in 1980 and they later divorced. After high school he began working for Nelson Muffler in Neillsville and worked there for 22 years. Currently he was employed at Marshfield Door Company.

James was an avid Packer and Jeff Gordon fan. He enjoyed shooting pool with his friends and he liked to play sheep head. He loved mechanic work for racing, demo derbies, motorcycle racing and 4-wheelers. James had a heart of gold and would help anyone in need. He was a very caring person and will be dearly missed by his friends and family.

James if survived by his daughter, Tanya Van Dyk of Neillsville; his parents, John and Delores Van Dyk of Chili; a sister, Diane (Denny) Rakestraw of Boyd; one nephew and three nieces. He is also survived by one granddaughter, Brianna Michett.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Funeral Services for James were held Saturday, September 3, at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Chili, with Pastor Mary Anne Conklin officiating. Interment took place at the Immanuel United Methodist Cemetery in Chili.

Casket bearers for James were, LeRoy Oldham, Darrell Leibl, Joe Galetka, Larry Schubert, Jeff Fitzmaurice and Kenny Gorkowski.

The Gesche Funeral Home of Neillsville assisted the family with arrangements.



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