Hank Dikkeboom Remembered

It is my sad responsibility to report the passing of our LZOC  board member Hank Dikkeboom.  He was also past president of LZOC as well as a trustee of the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation. He died December 20, 2016, in the presence of his family in Wisconsin.

Hank was a long time member of LZOC and a frequent contributor to its many events.  He always had the best interests of the club and the welfare of its central region uppermost in his mind.  He is survived by his wife, Mary, also a frequent participant in many club events.

Services will be held next Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in Milton, Wisconsin.  Further details will be made available in the near future at the website of the Albrecht Funeral Home, Milton Wisconsin, which is in charge of arrangements.

We wish his family the best at this very sad time for all of us.

Tom Brunner

Obituary from the Milton, Wisconsin, Courier:

Hank's legacy to this world is the effect he had on other people and his community. His focus in life was in providing a stable, loving home for his family, providing skills to his students, and contributing to his community.

Hank's parents immigrated from Rotterdam, Holland: from them came a tradition of skilled labor and hard work. His father (Hendrik) came from a family of ship builders. His mother (Hendrika) was a tailor.

After graduating from Montclair State in New Jersey, Hank taught Home Construction and Industrial Arts in Sussex, N.J., for seven years. Then, he completed a masters of science from the University of Wisconsin–Stout, married Mary Lou (Propst), and became a Badger. Being one who loved planning and executing a project, he designed and hand-built his family home near Clear Lake in MiltonTownship. They have lived in this house for 46 years and raised their daughters Amy Louise and Audrey Leslie. Hank and Mary also built a self-storage business (Stor-A-Lot) on their property and ran it successfully for 30 years.

Hank developed the Automotive Repair curriculum and taught at Blackhawk Technical College for 29 years. He valued education and had a lifelong commitment to the skilled trades. He took great pleasure in seeing the fruit of his efforts – students who supported their families because of the skills learned from him.

While at Blackhawk Tech, he assumed union leadership roles including several terms as president and served on the Janesville Central Labor Council. In addition, he traveled throughout the Midwest serving on accreditation and certification review teams at vocational and technical schools.

Hank served his community as the Town of Milton municipal court judge for 34 years. He respected and listened to those presenting their case to the court and treated individuals fairly.

Hank was a “walking encyclopedia” of information about cars and restored many classic vehicles. His favorites were his 1937 Lincoln Zephyr, a 1950 “Woodie” wagon, and a 1941 Mercury convertible. Because of this, he was active in many car clubs, including the Early Ford V-8 group and the Lincoln Zephyr Owners Club (LZOC). As an LZOC member, he organized many car meets in the Midwest and served as president several times. Until illness forced him to resign, he was elected national president of the Lincoln Zephyr Owners Club.

Even though he died too young, he had a rich and active life. He spent the last 10 months of his life dealing with cancer. This time allowed him to actively reflect on his life: watching his grandchildren search for the infamous “Black Egg” at Easter, talking with old friends in New Jersey, houseboating on “Boomer Boat” on the Mississippi River, visiting with friends from the “Wolf Pack," bonfires and sunsets on Clear Lake, and looking for that ever-elusive original car part for his latest car project. He often talked about how proud he was of “the girls” (Amy and Audrey). During his reflections, Hank would summarize his life in automotive terms “It’s been a good ride”.

Henry John Dikkeboom, born July 15, 1941 in Orange, N.J., passed away peacefully on Dec. 20 at home, surrounded by love and family. Hank is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, and by his daughters, Amy Bostley and Audrey (Marty Collins) Dikkeboom. He is also survived by his grandchildren Alexandria, Alyssa, and Allison Bostley, as well as Henry and Anna Collins. He is also survived by his sister (Margaret), brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, and sister Lauren.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at the Milton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Scott officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the Milton United Methodist Church and from 10 a.m. until the start of the services on Wednesday. Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton, are assisting the family with arrangements. To respect Hank’s values, the family is establishing a memorial  scholarship fund in Hank’s name for students pursuing a career in the skilled trades.