On Wednesday Oct. 24, 2018, our lives were turned upside down with the loss of my husband, our dad, son, brother and uncle, Jeffrey Lane Dyekman. No one will ever make sense of this tragic accident.
My sweet Jeff was born on Sept. 28, 1966, to Ivan Joe Dyekman and Judith (Cowan) Dyekman. He spent his days getting into mischief (and it was a lot) in Glendive, where he graduated from high school in 1985. He worked at a couple different jobs before settling down in Billings, where he found his career at the Montana Department of Transportation. Jeff worked his way up for more than 25 years, eventually rising to a project manager position. As we all know Jeff, he took that job with great pride and responsibility.
Jeff met the love of his life, Melissa (although it took him a while to realize it), and we were married on June 15, 2001. It was one of the best days ever. With great surprise, we were blessed with Isabella Rose on Sept. 3, 2002. Then on April 1, 2004, (no joke Jeff come home NOW) Colter Joe made his appearance into our world to make the perfect family. Jeff loved his family beyond belief. Yes there were ups and downs, but the kids and I were the world to him.
Jeff experienced great times throughout his life: fishing tournaments with his buddy Scott, and golfing with anyone and everyone he could find to take with him. But he especially enjoyed his hunting trips to Glendive every year, taking and watching his kids shoot their first deer and antelope (well that is if he doesn’t shoot it first), even if he had to use pine needles to wipe his hands after gutting a deer!
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About 3 years ago we were introduced to a new love (well for me it was new) that came with two wheels and one beautiful sound that echoed down the road. Jeff knew that if he was in the dog house all he had to do was start the Harley, take me for a ride and all was forgiven. We had so much fun on poker runs, Wednesday bike nights, and Santa’s toy run. Some of the most memorable rides were simply through the snowy walls of the Beartooth Mountains, laughing with friends and family along the way.
Our other family happy spot was our cabin on the Boulder River, where we spent our honeymoon and Jeff caught his first trout on a fly rod. It may have been a minnow, but it was his minnow. There were no rules, so many laughs, some tears when the big fish got away, maybe a few minor chain saw accidents and mice sightings that would send him on top of a chair screaming, "MELISSA, there’s a mouse!" We had so much fun! He taught Colter to fly fish, Isabella to drive and was always willing to go for a run with our labradoodle Lillee and me.
Jeff is survived by his wife Melissa; his children Isabella and Colter; mother Judith Galle; step mom Joann Dyekman; siblings: Greg (Gina) Dyekman, Rhonda (Todd) Appel, Jarrod Dyekman, Alegra (Ryan) Powers and Jocelyn Galle. His in-laws Mike and Rosie Costello; brother and sister in laws: Mark Costello, Michelle (Sam) Sparks, Matt (Ronda) Costello, Monique (Dave) Costello and Marty (Jenny) Costello, and many nieces and nephews whom he adored. He was preceded in death by his father Ivan Dyekman.
Memorial Service will be held Monday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m., at Smith West Funeral Chapel, 304 34th St W, Billings, MT 59102. In lieu of flowers there has been an educational fund for his children set up at USBank.com, or any US Bank branch under the name of Dyekman Education Fund.