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Craig Dykhuizen
  • August 28, 1965
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  • March 27, 2022

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On Sunday, March 27, 2022 Craig Wilbur Dykhuizen, 56 years old, passed away surrounded with love and family. He is survived by Kriste Dykhuizen (wife), George and Sandy Dykhuizen (parents), Leslie Dykhuizen West (sister), Scott Dykhuizen (brother), John West (brother-in-law), and Ryan and Jason West (nephews). Craig also was blessed with a large, extended, tight-knit family with whom he shared many memories, celebrations, and unconditional love. In addition, Craig was a proud fur father to Rayban, Jackson, and Napoleon Dykhuizen.

 

August 28th,1965, Craig was born to George and Sandy Dykhuizen in Brookline, Massachusetts. From a small child, Craig grew up in several different areas which included Switzerland, Pittsburgh and Chicago; most memorable, however, was Bryan, Ohio. Craig always was of the opinion that he had the best upbringing and credited that to his small town. He often mentioned that he had the best education and that the teachers gifted them with a solid foundation. Craig firmly believed that his early education helped maneuver him through college, and later led to a big part of his success. Furthermore, his mother Sandy often said ‘it was a town that worked together and helped raise everyone’s child.’ Today, his friends that he made during those years are his brothers, and the love and devotion they have for each other is truly inspiring.

 

After high school, Craig followed in the footsteps of many other Dykhuizen family members and graduated from Purdue University in 1984 with a degree in Business and Marketing. In addition, Craig carried on the tradition of his previous family’s alumni and pledged Kappa Sigma and became President of his chapter during his time at Purdue. Craig loved his years he shared with his fraternity brothers and continued lifelong friendships that he always cherished.

 

After college, Craig accepted a position at Hoskins Mfg. in Schaumberg, IL and later Brighton, MI. Soon after, Craig saw an opportunity to grow Hoskins internationally. Without knowing a soul, Craig traveled to Asia, learned the culture, and went on to build a strong foundation for a business network that later allowed Hoskins Mfg. to be marketable on the international scope. Craig’s career grew along with Hoskins, and Craig became Vice President of International Sales. Moreover, Craig propelled several other business growths throughout his professional career through similar networking.

 

From 1999-2003, Craig took a position in Franklin, WI at Nova Industries as Vice President. Craig thoroughly enjoyed his professional life, challenges, and the rewards Nova brought him but his dream of entrepreneurship moved him in a different direction and he formed Pacific Link, an umbrella of several businesses that supply HVAC distributers worldwide.

 

Craig married Kriste in 2003 in New Orleans. Craig told Kriste to show up with a dress and he would take care of everything. On November 15th, Craig had a horse-drawn carriage pick Kriste up, bring her to Jackson Square for the beautiful ceremony. Afterward, a marching band, a police escort, and a few news stations waited to escort them throughout the city. That was Craig in a nutshell: he is the love of Kriste’s life.

 

From 2008-2013; Craig returned to Nova Industries to help restructure, and in less than 6 months the business returned to profitability. During his years at Nova Industries, Craig always credited his team and gushed how remarkable they were and made it clear that those days were the best days of his career. He loved the people he worked with and they were truly his work family.

 

To know Craig and describe him as someone with a ‘big personality’ would be an understatement. When Craig loved, he loved with every fiber of his being and he protected those who were near and dear to his heart. When someone had a problem, Craig became a problem solver. Craig was a leader in every area of his life; it was always ‘All’ it was never ‘Nothing.’

 

Craig was a huge fan of Purdue, New Orleans Saints, and a fanatic golfer. He also loved live bands, especially the Rolling Stones, which he got to see twice in concert. He loved watching Ron White and could watch him over and over and laugh just as hard as the time before. He loved to cook, learn history, and debate politics. He loved Mustangs and is the proud owner of a 1968 Shelby Mustang, his gift to himself for his 50th birthday. He loved to compete and he loved those who competed. Craig was blessed to have traveled the world, experience many cultures, and make tremendous friendships along the way.

 

Without a question, Craig’s years were fuller than most and had a personality and life that matched those years. Craig was loved and he will be missed beyond measure by many.

 

A memorial will be held Saturday April 9th from 1:00-5:00pm at

Colonial Country Club

9181 Independence Way

Fort Myers, FL 33913

 

A celebration of life will also be held in Indiana at a later time. Date to be determined.

 

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Junior Achievement USA jausa.ja.org

https://jausa.ja.org/donate/index#qgiv-embed-50562

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  1. Toni Kilkeary says:
    14 Apr 2022
    Craig was a chef, a fantastic host, deep thinker, debater and you loved every part of him, Kriste. From the moment you told me about him you gushed over his expertise and appreciation for life.
    He will remain forever within you…. and although he left much sooner than you would like, I know for certain you will cherish and appreciate all the gifts his life brought to this physical world. For you and every person he touched. I love you and I’m so sorry. Rest In Peace, Craig.

  2. Mary Hofstede lit a candle:
    09 Apr 2022
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  4. Peggy Dobrzynski says:
    06 Apr 2022
    Kriste, I am so sorry for your loss. Craig is definitely gone too soon. Peace to you and your family.

  5. Peggy Dobrzynski says:
    06 Apr 2022
    Kriste, I am so sorry for your loss. Craig definitely is gone too soon. Peace to you and your family.

  6. Joel J says:
    06 Apr 2022
    Although I only knew Craig for a handful of years, the time I got to spend with him we’re always fun. Craig would routinely join our Friday afternoon golf group at Tuckaway, usually rolling in at the last second with a game we could all play that day. We would often ride in the same cart together and blast Rolling Stones while we were hustling(hopefully) a couple bucks from the rest of the group. Another memory is of his other love, The Shelby. I remember one time he picked me and a couple of my kids up and we went for a stroll around Wind Lake on a beautiful Friday evening. The kids were in awe! The most memorable times were just hanging out chatting about whatever after a good(or bad) round of golf. Craig touched many lives and he will be missed dearly. Stay strong Kriste during this difficult time. Joel and Emily

  7. Joel J lit a candle:
    06 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 6, 2022 at 4:58:04 PM

  8. Lisa Fendry Zarzynski says:
    06 Apr 2022
    Hi Handsome...I will always feel you nearby. I will always remember how you accepted every one of my phone calls and ended every conversation with "I love you". We will take care of your beautiful bride.

  9. Lisa Migenes says:
    06 Apr 2022
    There are so many remarkable things I could say about Craig, things we all know. I was almost overwhelmed as to where or how to start.
    So, I thought I would just start from the beginning. Going back to the first time Kriste introduced me to Craig and Rayban.
    From that moment, he was like a big brother to me and poor Rayban, put up with all of my hugs and kisses.
    Whom I am positive is with him now. Craig always made me feel welcomed. A perfect example, I attended his school reunion with him and Kriste. I recall to this day he had said to his friends t at the reunion how lucky he was to be with Kriste.
    I also thought about all the great times we have had over the years, including one night in New Orleans we all were in hopes of seeing a ghost...
    Craig did not disappoint when we were not looking, he pulled a tablecloth over his head and haunted our dinner.
    That is just the kind of thing he did, he made things happen.
    Craig will remain to be, one of my favorite people ever and a great example of a true gentleman. I will miss him greatly. I know in the future when I hear Steely Dan or see Purdue play, I will smile and think of him.

  10. Tom Donovan says:
    06 Apr 2022
    Craig,
    We spent a lot of time together chasing golf balls, acting like teenagers and generally misbehaving as our wives pretended not to notice. We brought out the dope in each other and enjoyed every minute of it!

    I watched in amazement as you and Carole would spend hours and even days feverishly debating the most innocuous and meaningless topics to your heart’s content.
    I watched as you parked your very expensive Shelby Cobra in my driveway with the top down in the middle of a blinding thunderstorm so you wouldn’t get wet on the way home from the club. We’ll, too late because all3 of us got soaked….you, me and the Shelby.
    We had a lot of fun together, Sexy. I will never think of you and not chuckle about some misadventure we created together.
    Until we meet again, Rest In Peace, brother!

  11. Carole Donovan says:
    06 Apr 2022
    Craig was a great host. I loved making bananas Foster with him, eating his amazing tempura, sharing delicious BBQ and corn on the cob made on his new grill on the patio. He was my brother. Who will I argue politics with now? I love you Craig and am missing your hugs and smile.

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    06 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 6, 2022 at 4:09:52 PM

  13. Krissy Ray says:
    06 Apr 2022
    20 years of having you in our lives was definitely not long enough.... the memories myself and my girls have of soccer in the backyard, Halloween, and multiple slumber parties at your home will forever be in our hearts.
    We love you.
    Kristen, Santana, and Selena.

  14. Dawn Trausch (BHS Class of ‘83) lit a candle:
    06 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 6, 2022 at 4:02:00 AM

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    05 Apr 2022
    Lit since April 5, 2022 at 4:42:52 PM

  16. Joseph D'Angelo says:
    05 Apr 2022
    Words cannot express the sorrow we are feeling for your loss. Remember the good time and take comfort in them.

    The D'Angelo Family

  17. SHERRI DANGELO says:
    05 Apr 2022
    It goes without saying Craig will be sorely missed by so many. I remember when I met Craig I thought "What is this guy doing with my sister?" They were polar opposites. My sister the free spirited, spiritual, animal loving tree hugger with this take charge, cut and dry business man. As time went on I saw how they complimented each other. She could bring out the playful "Relaxed Craig". Craig could be so serious but I saw a difference in him when Kriste would laugh at something he said and enjoyed the times I saw them play off each other. Craig was a problem solver and caretaker. His generosity and support of my family went above and beyond question. Kriste told me once that Craig said to her that he would treat our mother as his own. The way he supported my mother in her troubled times was beyond measure. I will always remember and never forget how he always gave me a kiss on the cheek whenever we saw each other and he ended EVERY phone conversation with "Love ya Darlin".

  18. Dennis Barker says:
    05 Apr 2022
    Great guy tons of fun good memories, will be sorrowfully missed. God bless stay safe Kriste

  19. Jimmy Bale says:
    05 Apr 2022
    So sorry for your loss. You've grown up to be a beautiful young lady. I still remember you as a little girl running around with a dirty face . I loved your parents a great deal, but always respected their privacy.

  20. Cyndi Tomsyck says:
    05 Apr 2022
    Kriste, Larry and I are so sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace and you find comfort in remembering all the TCC friendships. Also had a kinship with Craig as part of the Purdue family, Go Boilers! Hugs to you

  21. Skip schneble says:
    05 Apr 2022
    Kriste,
    Our deepest sympathies.
    Skip and Melody Schneble

  22. Cory Savage says:
    05 Apr 2022
    Craig was one of the first people I played golf with at Tuckaway and I learned about the "Dykhuizen" as it was called in the bar. Craig lived life to the fullest and I got to actually be part of one his best rounds (according to him) in the Club Championship in which he shot 71 in the qualifier. I was also fortunate to see him down at Colonial CC and he seemed to be in his element. Craig, here's to you my friend - will pour one out (not on the grass though as it might burn it) the next time I am TCC.

  23. MaryKay Trejo says:
    05 Apr 2022
    Craig alway treated me like a sister. He would sing out loud on our Corona cruises and always make sure my short self could see when in a crowd. He trusted me to cook on his grill and our foodie talks were very high level. As I am moving through my grief, I see the places you aren’t and miss you.

  24. Chad and Debbi Wylie says:
    05 Apr 2022
    Kriste,
    Chad and I were heartbroken when we heard about Craig. Craig was a loyal, faithful friend and was always there to support you if you needed him. We have many great memories of the Purdue games…he was always the life of the party and it made the games extra special when you both could come. You and his family are in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time……..and you, sweet Kriste, are always in our hearts❤️!!

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  27. Ed and Darlene Kutz says:
    04 Apr 2022
    Kriste, we are so very sorry to hear of Craig's passing. We have many memories of him at Nova. He was a mentor and we learned so much from him. He was definatly a one of a kind guy. He had a hunger for success and seemed to find it where ever he looked. He always had our backs at Nova, and we will always remember him for that.
    Ed and

  28. Patty and Steve says:
    04 Apr 2022
    Our sincere condolences. Craig was one of a kind . There was never a dull moment when Craig was around. We will miss him. We love you Kristie. If you need anything please let us know.

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  32. Andy C says:
    04 Apr 2022
    A great man, too soon. I always appreciated his company and friendship.

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  36. Carolyn Woznicki says:
    03 Apr 2022
    Kriste snd Family,
    We are sad to hear of Craig’s passing. The obit captured him well with his “big personality” mentioned. I will always remember how kind Craig was in including us in golf at Tuckaway and giving some tips to help my putting. You two were the first people we met there. He came up with the name cocktail point and we had a sign made with that. We will always think fondly of Craig when we see it. We always loved seeing the two of you cruise by in the Mustang.
    Craig will be missed.
    Carolyn Woznicki

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    03 Apr 2022
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