Jon Alan Dykeman passed away peacefully on August 18, 2019, after a serious illness in the hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Jon was born on December 7, 1970, on Long Island, New York, to Ronald Paul Dykeman of Nebraska and Karen Ann Wesala Knapp of Sebeka, Minnesota. He grew up with his three older brothers in Centereach, New York; Fairfield, Connecticut; and Virginia Beach, Virginia. In 1978 the family moved to their mother’s hometown of Sebeka, where she married long-time Sebeka resident Beryl Rising. Jon attended Sebeka Public School until he graduated in 1989.
Jon is preceded in death by his parents, Ronald Paul and Karen Ann (Wesala) Dykeman. He is survived by his sister Janice (Bill) Zigler, brothers: Robbin (Gerti) Knapp, Mark (Angel) Knapp and Brian (Jean) Knapp; Aunt Ilona (Joseph) White, Aunt Shirley, Aunt Margie, step-brothers and step-sisters, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, his Tesora family and friends.
Jon was a successful gourmet chef and restaurant owner in the resort town of Siren, Wisconsin. In 2017, his brother Mark and his wife Angel took him into their home in Fairbanks, Alaska, to help him overcome his illness.
Jon’s ashes will be buried in Hay Creek Cemetery, Sebeka, in the summer of 2020.
“What the caterpillar perceives as the end is just the beginning to the butterfly.”