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“RIP my friend.So many smiles at SBYC ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Cliff Houser - Secord Lake, MI

“I have known Leon my whole life. A lot of memories of his visits a store. Always a BIG smile on his face and a story to tell. Another longtime...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Betty Jo Atkins - Vassar, MI

“I've been a CNA for 6 years now and I've met many people on my journey. Leon was one of few who i held very closely to my heart. His sudden outbursts...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Norrita Hood - Bay City, MI

“My tribute to Leon was that he was a proud man of his family first and never wavering on his judgement of others. Always positive and always...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Kraig Kubik - Freeland, MI

“Leon was always smiling when I saw him at the library . He seemed to enjoy seeing people using the room he and his wife had helped to fund. He will...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: susan campbell - Vassar, MI

“I will never forget Leon's smiling face at church. He always seemed glad to see me, say "hello," and strike up a warm conversation. He will be missed. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Sandy Sheppard - Linden, MI

“You have our sincere condolences. We alway enjoyed our visits with you both at the club ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Kirk and Cecelia Wieland - Alto, MI

“So sorry to hear of Leon's passing... Thoughts and prayers are with Arleen and the whole family at this sad time. This good man will be missed... May...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: John and Mary - Ellen McMurray - MI

“My prayers are with you leon was a good guy I will miss him and his wonderful smile every morning when I would come in to work. Take care to all of...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Linda Irving - Baycity, MI

“I worked for Leon for 5 summers as a packer at his pickle company. He was always a very nice gentleman and a delight to talk to. Rest In Peace Mr....Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Peggy Yax - Caro, MI

“I worked for Leon for 5 summers as a packer at his pickle company. He was always a very nice gentleman and a delight to talk to. Rest In Peace Mr....Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Peggy Yax - Caro, MI

“As a nurse each and every one of your residents leaves a mark on your heart, some greater than others, i can assure you Leon has left a huge mark on...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Sheila Brooks - Caro, MI - Friend

“Arleen. I am sorry for your loss. Leon was always kind, with a smile and kiss whenever we seen him. He will be missed. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Judy and Jim Powell - Essexville, MI

“I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Dykhouse when he hired me to work on the Dock at the Pickle Factory. He was my very first employer and a very...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Pam Carnes - vassar, MI


Leon Harold Dykhouse, age 89 years, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, June 27, 2016 at the Carriage House of Bay City with his wife and daughters at his side. He was born on September 28, 1926 in Vassar, Michigan the son of the late Clarence and Dena (Hamberg) Dykhouse. On October 16, 1954 he married Arleen Jolley at the Croswell Methodist Church. Leon served in the Merchant Marines during WWII and also in the US Army during the Korean War. He was the owner and operator of Dykhouse Pickle Company Inc., where he worked all of his life. Leon was a lifelong member of the Vassar First United Methodist Church. Through the years his memberships included; Past Commodore of Saginaw Bay Yacht Club, Past Commander of the Saginaw Bay Power Squadron, Northeast Michigan Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club, the Great Lakes Cruising Club and Past Master of the Vassar Lodge No.163 F.&A.M.

Surviving family include his wife of 61 years, Arleen; daughters, Barbara (James) Kuhnle of Vassar and Judith (Gary) Williams of Katy, Texas; and his grandchildren, Arthur and Katherine Williams.

Funeral and committal services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 1, 2016 at the Vassar First United Methodist Church, 139 N. Main St. in Vassar. The Rev. Scott Sherrill officiating. Private burial will follow at Pilgrim Home Cemetery in Holland, Michigan. The family will greet friends on Thursday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Penzien-Steele Funeral Home, 129 N. Main St. in Vassar. Leon will lie in state at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of his funeral service. Those desiring may make contributions to the Vassar First United Methodist Church or the Bullard Sanford Memorial Library.