Marlene JoAnn Dykes


August 26, 1945 - May 30, 2011


Marlene JoAnn Dykes was born in Sioux Falls, SD to Marvin and Sarah (Adrian) Buller on August 26, 1945. In her younger years, she attended school in a two room school house at Silver Lake and graduated from high school from the Freeman Academy. During this time she was set up on a blind date and found her soul mate in Dale Dykes. They were later married on September 22, 1963 at the Silver Lake Mennonite Church in rural Marion, SD. They made rural Alexandria, SD their home and that is where they welcomed four children: Marsha, Kevin, Michael and Kristi.

Marlene grew up with a strong relationship with God at a young age. Just a little over two years old, she could have been heard singing “Jesus Loves Me”, “This Little Light of Mine” and “You are my Sunshine” along with many other hymns. Marlene was dedicated, baptized and a born again Christian at Silver Lake Mennonite Church. At the time of her death, she attended Mitchell Wesleyan Church.

During her life journey with God, Marlene was involved in faith and fellowship groups, United Methodist Women, bible studies, taught Sunday school and Bible school, served on pastor-parish committees, Love Feast and coordinated blood drives.

Marlene had a special talent of not worrying about material things, and always found humor even in difficult times. Marlene had proven more than once she is a strong and courageous woman with all her life’s challenges. Marlene was an inspiration to those whose lives she touched. She was a gift from God.

Family was extremely important to Marlene and she found gratification in helping others in need. She enjoyed sewing, baking, working on the farm, scenic vacations and spending time with her grandkids. Marlene and Dale were actively involved in their families’ lives and they made sure their children and grandchildren experienced the natural wonders and beauties through camping trips “off the beaten path”.

Her work career landed her on many different paths that she found enjoyment in. These included: Freeman Café, Randall’s Café, Firesteel Nursing Home, County Fair Bakery, teacher’s aide, substitute teacher, Al’s Oasis Bakery, Adjustment Training Center and Jack’s Campers. She also took great pride doing volunteer work at Avera Brady Health and Rehab.

Gratefully sharing her life is her husband, Dale, Alexandria, SD; her children: Marsha (Phil) Schulz, Madison, SD, Kevin Dykes, Alexandria, SD, Michael (Susan) Dykes, Tea, SD, Kristi (Brian) Delahoyde, Spearfish, SD; her grandchildren: Kyle and Ashley Schulz, Ryan Schulz and fiancée, Chelsie Barnes, Collin Schulz and fiancée, Ericka Green, James Dykes, Diane Dykes, Adam Dykes, Kaylene Delahoyde, and Brayden Delahoyde; great-grandchild, Sierra Schulz; her sisters: Carol (Loren) Tschetter, Freeman, SD, Patricia (Marvin) Buller, Henderson, NE and Sandra (Lee) Kaufman, Freeman, SD; her in-laws, Jack Buell, VirJean and Donald Hadrick, Glenda Stephensen and Daniel and Vicki Dykes and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters-in-law; Wanda (Dykes) Buell and Kathy (Krebs) Dykes; and her mother and father-in-law, Nathan and Marie Dykes.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, June 2, 2011
10:30 AM
Mitchell Wesleyan Church
601 North Sanborn
Mitchell, South Dakota


Bridgewater Cemetery
Bridgewater, South Dakota

Posted by Ken and Judy Adrian on June 3, 2011
Judy and I are saddened by the loss of Marlene. I have wonderful memories of Marlene since childhood. We are praying for the entire family.
Posted by Sandy and Lee on June 1, 2011
What great memories we have of Marlene! Oh the things us sisters could come up with and laugh about! Marlene was one of a kind, and will be greatly missed by so many. She has touched the hearts of many.
Posted by Aunt Elsie and Cousin Nancy on June 1, 2011
We are sending our deepest sympathy in the passing away of Marlene. We have very fond memories of her in our lives. Our prayers are with you and your family. Wished we could be there.
Posted by Julie and Larry Schriner on June 1, 2011
We are praying for your family. So wished we could be there for the funeral. We are keeping you in our thoughts. All our Love.
Posted by Marv and Pat Buller on June 1, 2011
We have all been blessed by knowing sister Marlene. She had a giving spirit and being there for you when you needed her. Our phone calls will be cherished, never would she complain and always having a positive attitude and keeping her faith so strong. The fun times and laughter were a part of her. Dale and all the family thank you for all the giving and love you showed her. God Bless You.
Posted by donna mccafferty on June 1, 2011
marlene was a wonderful double cousin and we always had great childhood fun when my family would come to visit them on the farm-praying for all your family
Posted by Carol Tschetter 6-1-11 on June 1, 2011
Marlene was a dear sister to me, us four sisters had alot of great times together. Will miss you dearly. Prayers to you Dale and your families.
Posted by Kent and Rebecca Loomer on June 1, 2011
So sorry for your loss we have you in our prayers here in KY
Posted by Brian and Heidi Tschetter on June 1, 2011
We are so sorry for your loss! Marlene was always smiling at family get-togethers, and had a laugh that was contagious. We are praying for all of you at this difficult time.
Posted by Lauriann Zobel Martinez on June 1, 2011
I have been thinking of your family for the past several weeks. Marlene was a very inspiring woman. She was always smiling when I saw her. My deepest sympathy to you, Dale,Marsha, Mike, Kevin, Kristy, and familes. Many prayers to you.
Posted by Virjean Hadrick on May 31, 2011
Our love and prayers during this difficult time. God Bless... Jean and Don
Posted by Lorna Prunty on May 31, 2011
I will miss all those time's sitting with you at the hospital in SiouxFalls. Each time I would leave we told each other I love you and gave a kiss.You will always have a special place in my heart .I know you will have no more pain. You were a good classmate to me and friend. We will keep Dale in our prayers.
Posted by Tricia Gainey on May 31, 2011
Kristi, Thinking of you and your family. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Posted by Sue Hall-Martin on May 31, 2011
Kristi, I will keep you in my thoughts and know that if you ever need someone to talk to I am willing to listen. I know what it feels like to loose a parent.
Posted by Vonda and Jason Hamill~Milesville, SD on May 31, 2011
Marlene was one of a kind and I loved listening to her 'take' on things...she was down to Earth, and knew how to banter with the best of them. She was a wonderful 'surrogate' mom-in-law to my brother, Brian, and she will be greatly missed. Bless you and yours Dale.
Posted by Harlan and Bonne Hargan on May 31, 2011
Dale and family our Deepest Sympathy in the passing of Marlene. May your memories of good times help you during this time.
Posted by Sally and Eldon Senner, Williamsburg, VA on May 31, 2011
We and other of Marlene's schoolmates from years ago have wonderfully fond memories of her friendship and spirit. Our thoughts and prayers will be with her family and friends as her life and legacy are celebrated.
Posted by Mike Dykes on May 31, 2011
Love you mom, you will be greatly missed.
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