Craig KleinhekselFuneral Director
Abraham Lincoln said, “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” As a third generation funeral director, Craig learned from an early age to work hard and to take care of the families you serve. His father, Victor Kleinheksel, worked into his 80’s and his grandfather, Julius, came in to work every day well into his 90’s. This philosophy has served them well for over 115 years in the funeral business. Holland Public Schools, Ferris State University and Wayne State University prepared Craig well for the challenge of funeral service. Along with his wife Dar, they have continued the tradition of a family served funeral home. They have 3 children, Cari and Brendan, Katie, and Cort and Maggie along with three grandchildren, Jack, Annie and Lucy. Craig is a life member (and third generation) of First Reformed Church where he has served as both Deacon and Elder. He has served on various committees, volunteered for Kid’s Hope, as well as past president of the Michigan Funeral Directors District #4. Music is also a big part of Craig’s life, playing percussion in various music organizations in the Holland and Grand Rapids area. First and foremost in Craig’s life are faith, family and friends.
Dan VredeveldFuneral Director
Dan grew up in Zeeland and is the son of Norm and Bonnie Vredeveld. Dan knew in 9th grade that he wanted to be a funeral director. Dan graduated from Zeeland High School in 1981. He went right from high school to Grand Rapids Junior College (1983) for his pre-mortuary science courses and then to Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science (1984). Dan served his apprenticeship in Detroit and Grand Rapids. Dan joined the Dykstra Funeral Home staff in 1985. He and his wife, the former Dee Dee Hofmeyer (Holland High School 1984), were married in 1989. They have two children, a son Kuri, who works for Festda Foods in Grand Rapids and a daughter Kaci, who attends Zeeland East High School. They are members of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland and former members of Trinity Reformed Church in Holland. Dan enjoys traveling, camping, and watching sports. Family, community, church, and organization, Dan takes great pride in each. When it comes to funeral service, though, he's all about helping people.
Dave VanderHeideFuneral Director
Dave grew up in Jenison, Mi and graduated from Unity Christian High School in 1977. Dave met his wife Sue, and in 1980 they married and moved to Holland where she had grown up. Dave was employed at Prince Corporation (JCI) in Holland for 26 years when he made a career change. Dave has a love of serving others and was drawn to the funeral business. He graduated from Worsham College of Mortuary Science in 2005 and began serving the community as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. In 2010, Dave joined the family at Dykstra Funeral Home. Dave and Sue have 3 children; daughters Nicole (Will) Lamain, Lizzy (Aaron) Andrews and son, Josh (Jaimi) Vander Heide. They have 5 granddaughters; Kaylee, Farrah, Emersyn, Olivia and Scarlett. Dave and Sue are members of Central Wesleyan Church.
Mike HornFuneral Director
“Treating people the way I would want to be treated if I were in their shoes, always with compassion and respect” is the Golden Rule Mike lives by. This philosophy was taught to him by his parents, growing up in Grand Blanc, MI. and Mike takes great satisfaction in these words. Mike graduated from Central Michigan University and received his Mortuary of Science Degree from Mid-America College. In 1988, Mike and his wife Heidi moved to Holland where he started working for Dykstra Funeral Homes. They have two children, Jeff and Madisyn, currently in Chicago, and Morgan, attending Belmont University in Nashville. Mike and Heidi are also members of First Reformed Church in Holland, where Mike has served on various committees. Mike likes to spend his free time with family and friends at their cottage at Gun Lake. A love for the outdoors, Mike can be found doing what he loves most, fishing for bass or hunting.
Orlando PeñaFuneral Arranger
Orlando was born and raised in Holland, Michigan, and attended Holland Public Schools. He is a graduate of the renowned Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. One can describe him as being a compassionate, respectful individual who truly cares about people and their families. He is a very dedicated individual to the funeral service, and committed to upholding the traditions of personal, quality service at Dykstra’s. On any given day you can find him partaking in every aspect of our operations at the funeral home.
Orlando met his wife Danae in 2004 and they have been married since 2009. They live in the Historic District in Holland along with their German Shepherd dog and two cats. Free time will find Orlando and Danae doing countless activities outdoors. They also attend Central Wesleyan Church.
Cort KleinhekselFuneral Arranger
Cort Kleinheksel is no stranger to the funeral business. Growing up, he watched his great grandfather Julius, his grandfather, Victor and his father, Craig, meet with families and hold themselves to high standards. He also knew as family, you pitched in as needed whether it was washing cars or doing yard work! Cort watched his peers and learned early on the importance of connecting with families. In high school, he worked at Clearbrook Golf Club and Restaurant as a server and held that job until his graduation from Haworth School of Business at Western Michigan University. After graduation, Cort married his girlfriend, Maggie Jetter and moved to Nashville, TN. While Cort entered the work force, he also helped Maggie run her store, Tweed Baby Outfitters. Together, they ran a very successful business and welcomed their first child, Annie. When they found out they were expecting again, the decision was made to move back to Holland and continue the family legacy of Dykstra Funeral Home. Upon their return, they welcomed their second daughter, Hattie.
Cort and Maggie love west Michigan and are proud to call Holland their home. Cort’s love of golf and water fit perfectly here. Cort and Maggie attend Pillar Church where he occasionally plays guitar. But most importantly, love of his family, being part of the community and pride of continuing the legacy of a family business that started over 100 years ago.
Ken BeukelmanBusiness Manager
Ken Beukelman is the business manager at Dykstra’s. Born in Holland, the Beukelmans left town after his dad graduated from Western Seminary. The family was called to serve in Nebraska, Iowa and West Central Minnesota, where Ken graduated from high school. Ken attended Dordt College where he met Laurel Ver Hage. Laurel stole his heart and after graduation, they returned to Holland and married. Ken is familiar with family business. Laurel is a State Farm agent and has had her agency on Holland’s north side since 1987. They have been blessed with two daughters. Merideth, a Calvin graduate, is teaching science at Black Forest Academy (a boarding school serving missionaries and their children) in Kandern, Germany. Lydia is majoring in Japanese at Hope College. Ken and Laurel are long-time members at Pillar Church, where they have both been blessed and had opportunities to serve. Ken has been involved with Rotary and has sung in a number of groups in the Holland area. He currently sings with Lake Effect, a group whose goal is to praise God through music and at the same time help other charities raise money with benefit concerts. Ken loves Holland and is proud to call it home.
Dar KleinhekselOffice Manager
Dar Kleinheksel is the face you see when you’re at the Downtown Chapel. She has been working with her husband Craig since 1992; first, job sharing, then full time after the kids were out of high school. Dar and Craig are committed to serving the community with the same family values, care and compassion as John Dykstra, Julius Kleinheksel, and Victor Kleinheksel have done over the last 100 years. Dar and Craig have 3 children, Cari and Brendan, Katie, and Cort and Maggie, along with grandchildren Jack, Annie and Lucy! Days off may find Dar traveling to Chicago or Nashville to spend time with family, diving into genealogy or outside working in the yard. Dar is very grateful for the opportunity to be in the beautiful downtown community preserving a piece of history or lending an ear to those who have lost a loved one and just want to talk. She is a member of the New Apostolic Church, where she has served as a Sunday School teacher, sang in the choir, been involved with the youth, and has done numerous floral arrangements.
In February 2016, Alexis Wright joined the family at Dykstra Funeral Home. Alexis was born and raised in Burton, MI. During her senior year in high school, God called her family to Holland where her father Doug, pastors Cornerstone Tabernacle. She quickly immersed herself as choir director, worship leader, youth leader and bookkeeper. You may recognize her from her past position with Paul’s Pharmacy. She had been employed for 4 ½ years in customer service, marketing and as a Pharmacy Technician. Holding down a full time job, along with her responsibilities with the church, you’ll still see her at Paul’s! She has a love for people which makes her good at what she does.
Alexis never sits! One of her favorite things to do is stay busy! Whether it’s with the church, her friends or work, she likes to keep moving. In the small amount of free time she has you will find her at the beach or Downtown Holland, “The Most Amazing Place EVER”. Alexis’ biggest gift from her parents is the gift of pastoral care and compassion. She was raised to put everyone on the top rung of life. Alexis is eager to see what is in store for her as she moves forward as part of the Dykstra family.
When Dykstra Funeral Home purchased the Mulder Chapel from Dave Van Eck in 1984, Arkie had been helping Dave with various duties. It was a natural move to keep her in this position. Arkie was the “go to” person, working full time, until her retirement in 2013. Even though Arkie is retired, she helps out in the office once a week and is still our “go to” person. Her knowledge has proven to be invaluable. She is a lifetime member of Overisel Christian Reformed Church where she has served as the church librarian. Arkie also enjoys taking many bus trips throughout the year.
Joe BaumannFuneral Assistant
Joe, his wife, Cindy, and son Derek, live on Holland’s north side. Daughter, Betsey (Geoff) is attending dental school in Ann Arbor. He works full time at the Mark Hop Farm Bureau Insurance Agency and is also an Ottawa County Commissioner. Joe and Cindy enjoy camping with the kids and watching Holland Christian sports. The family also attends Victory Point Ministries. Joe started working part time for Dykstra Funeral Home in August of 2002. He is one of the faces you’ll see on the weekend as he assists with visitations and funerals.
Tom MeisteFuneral Assistant
Tom works full time for Holland Charter Township and helps Dykstra’s on a part time basis. He joined the staff at Dykstra Funeral Home in January of 2008. You may see him assisting with visitations at one of our facilities or helping with a funeral service. He and his wife Barb have lived in Holland all their lives. One of Tom’s passions is road biking in West Michigan. “We have one of the most beautiful areas in the state”, says Tom and he takes full advantage of it. Tom and Barb enjoy spending time with their three sons, Josh, Chad and Riley, going on camping trips during the summer months. Tom and his family are members at Ridge Point Community Church in Holland.
Dan RitsemaVisitation/Funeral Assistant
Dan Ritsema has been with Dykstra Funeral Home for the last 8 years helping with visitations and funerals. Dan was born and raised in Momence, IL. He graduated from Hope College and got his Master Degree in music from the University of Michigan. He retired from Zeeland Public School after 30 years of teaching. Dan and his wife Vonnie live on the north side of Holland. They have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren. Dan was also the Director of Music at Beechwood Church and was a realtor in the Holland area for 19 years. He and Vonnie attend Central Wesleyan Church where Dan plays in the orchestra and also the Big Band of Praise.
Sue HerweyerVisitation/Funeral Assistant
Sue and her husband Buck live on the south side of Holland. They have been married for 32 years and raised two daughters. Aimee Lepoire, who lives in Holland with her daughter, Catie May, (the love of their lives), and Heidi (Jerry) Hoogeveen. For the past 31 years, Sue and Buck have attended Central Wesleyan Church where she has served on the Local Ministry board, Children’s Ministry and been an usher and greeter. She has also been a Kids Hope tutor and has been involved with Hamilton Community and Holland Public Schools. Sue loves to spend time with her husband traveling and going up to their cabin in Baldwin with their children and granddaughter. She also loves playing cards with her Sunday night small group. Sue helps out at visitations, funerals and occasionally can be found helping out with secretarial duties. Losing a son at birth has helped Sue understand the loss and grieving families go thru. She takes time to listen to stories families share and hopes she can give them some comfort while they are going thru a difficult journey.
Linda SchaftenaarVisitation/Funeral Assistant
Linda Freestone Schaftenaar was born, raised and has lived in Holland her entire life. She’s been married to her best friend, Dick, for 48 years. She has a daughter and son-in-law who have four children. The best part for Linda is they all live in Holland. Linda has worked in management of several restaurants in the Holland area until she took a job teaching restaurant management. She was then an events coordinator until her retirement in 2001.
One of Linda’s passions in life is to be able to help and support others in many areas of their lives and to give back to the community. Linda considers working for Dykstra’s an honor, whether it’s greeting people for visitation or helping with a loved one’s funeral.
Ed RedderVisitation/Funeral Assistant
Ed Redder came to Dykstra’s in March 2012, after retiring as a Graphic Designer from Herman Miller, with 21 years of service. Ed has always said, “Working at Dykstra’s is the best job I’ve ever had”. Ed’s love of family and community serve him well. He’s lived his entire life in Holland, attending Holland Public Schools, graduating from Hope College in 1974 and raising his family on Holland’s south side. Ed and his wife Jill have two children. Their daughter Becky (Ryan), live in Holland, and son, Nathan who is in the Navy ROTC program at the University of Michigan. They also have a grandson, Owen. Ed is a member of the New Apostolic Church where he sings in the choir. Whether he is greeting you at a visitation or working a funeral, Ed has a magnetic personality that you are naturally drawn to.
Mark LawlessFuneral Assistant
Mark has lived in Holland for the last 27 years and is formerly from the Chicago area. He and his wife Sandy have 6 children, Matt, Katie, Ethan, Megan, Sarah and Danny. They are pretty much “empty nesters”, as all but Danny are out of the house. Danny is currently attending Cornerstone University.
Mark has a background in Information Technology and currently helps Dykstra’s on a part time basis assisting with visitations and funerals.
They attend Central Wesleyan Church and are involved with their small group in many service activities.
Dave OsterhavenVisitation/Funeral Assistant/Maintenance
Dave Osterhaven is a man of many hats. Dave has been working for Dykstra Funeral Home for over 6 years. He started out working visitations and funerals and now is charge of the vehicles and grounds.
Dave and his wife Jean live on Holland’s south side. They have a daughter Jill (Jeff) Raywood and grandson Gene and son Mark. They are members of Central Park Reformed Church, where he was a former deacon and elder. He is also involved in the “70x7” Recovering Ministries. He worked at Howard Miller until he retired and has a passion for photography.
Rog Van LiereVisitation/Funeral Assistant
Rog Van Liere is a husband, father and grandfather. He and his wife, Cathie, are members of Christ Memorial Church in Holland. Rog enjoys hunting and has been on the board of the Holland Fish and Game Club for 47 years. Rog retired from a career in Law Enforcement and has worked part time for Dykstra Funeral Homes for close to 20 years. Rog assists with removals, visitations and funerals.
Paula Fabiano is our hairstylist, having been licensed since 1983. She enjoys working with “this amazing team here at Dykstra Funeral Homes”. Paula has been with Dykstra’s for almost 20 years, helping to comfort families through their journey of loss. Paula and her husband Dale Brown live in Holland. Both Paula and Dale were born and raised in this amazing city. She understands what it’s like to be part of a family business, as her family is now in its 5th generation in downtown Holland. This makes Paula feel right at home within her Dykstra family.