Brian Dikker, of Traverse City, MI, previously Wheaton/Glen Ellyn, IL, [Image] was born in Grand Rapids, MI, on August 10, 1964 and passed away, surrounded by family on February 10, 2022. Brian graduated from Grandville High School in 1982 and Michigan State University in 1986. He gained a love of golf from his dad and Uncle Gus, and developed his talent on the golf team in high school and at Grand Rapids Junior College. His love of the sport led to a career in the golf industry for over 25 years, starting at Sunnybrook Country Club in Grandville, MI at the age of 14. His outgoing and caring personality was perfect for his chosen sales career. He began his career at Datrek Professional Bag and eventually took a job with Nike Golf where he worked for 15 years.
In 2015, he switched gears and started working for NES, now United Rentals, selling/renting construction equipment. That shift eventually led him to a move from Wheaton to Traverse City to work at MacAllister where, in his signature style, in just six months, he proceeded to acquire even more friends and excel in his industry.
With Brian, the World was a better place. He brought tremendous joy to everyone he touched and he always emphasized the importance of smiling and making each day the best day possible. Brian possessed so much love for the world and especially for his loving wife Kimberly who were a team from the day they were married. Together they built a beautiful life together in Wheaton/Glen Ellyn taking the utmost pride in raising their two (2) sons Davis and Maxwell and cherishing the many friends they made along the way. Brian, alongside Kim, was ready to start an exciting new chapter of life together in Traverse City but unfortunately God had a different plan. Besides spending time with family and friends, Brian had a love for the game of golf, paddle tennis, watching his Spartans and other recreational activities including watching his sons participate and succeed, both athletically and academically. Brian is so proud of the young men that his boys have become and his spirit and personality will live on through them. Above all, Brian’s ultimate goal in life was to cherish and take care of his family.
Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Maurieand Betty Dikker and infant brother, William. He is survived by his wife, Kimberly, a graduate of Indiana University, and his sons, Davis, also a graduate of Michigan State University, and Maxwell currently attending University of Nebraska Lincoln and parents-in-law, Charles and Sandy Kliche. He is also survived by his sisters, Karen (Wes) Bolt and nephew, Ryan Bolt. Maureen (Jeff) Babrick, niece, Carly (Nick) Tahtinen, grandnephew, Silas Tahtinen and nephew, Daniel Babrick. Brian also leaves behind numerous dear friends, whose support the family truly appreciates, and his four-legged son Ozzie, who has brought the family endless joy.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, February 12th at Sunnybrook Golf Club, 624 Port Sheldon Ave, Grandville, MI, from 2-5pm. A gathering will be held in Glen Ellyn on Friday, February 18th at Leonard Funeral Home, 565 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL, from 4-8PM. Mass will be held on Saturday, February 19th at St Petronille Church, 420 Glenwood Ave, Glen Ellyn, IL, at 11:00AM and a Celebration of Life will be held afterwards at The Village Links/Reserve 22, 485 Winchell Way, Glen Ellyn, IL, from 1-4PM.
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