About Us


The Dykstra tradition of compassionate care, attention to detail, and celebrating each and every life is as strong as it was when the business began, over 100 years ago. Today we do this by incorporating new technologies to honor and preserve life stories so they can be treasured and handed down from generation to generation.

Faith, hope, and love are transmitted from one generation to the next in the cherished recollections of a life story. We believe every life has a story, and that every life story is important. The stories of life are what knit together the realities of past and future and teach us what we are made of.

The history of funeral service in Holland goes back to 1865 and a livery and undertaking business located on East Ninth St., next to the present Dykstra Funeral Home. In 1900 John Dykstra moved into the building next to the livery where he started Dykstra Funeral Home. In 1938 John Dykstra died and the business was managed by Gilbert Vandewater and Julius Kleinheksel. Mr. Vandewater died in 1957 and the Kleinheksels have managed the business ever since. Today Dykstra's have three locations in addition to the original Downtown Chapel: The Saugatuck Chapel, the Northwood Chapel and the Mulder Chapel.