Dyck, John G.

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John G. Dyck

1911 - 2007

On Thursday, December 20, 2007 at his residence in Salem Home, John G. Dyck aged 96 years of Winkler MB formerly of Plum Coulee went to his eternal home.

John was born in Blumenfeld, Ukraine on June 3, 1911 and became orphaned by the age of 9 after which he was sent to live with is grandmother.  In 1926, at the age of 15, he immigrated to Canada with his Uncle John, Aunt Agatha and their daughter Tina.  Our dad was always considered as a member of this family.

Life in Russia had become difficult by the time dad lost both of his parents.  Dad had started school but was unable to continue.  At his grandmother’s house, he became the errand boy (shakbangel) for both grandmother and his uncles.  Partnering at watching over the horses at nighttime, taking the village cows to pasture, delivering mail to the next village and on one occasion, he had to take a cluck and eggs to a relative in another village.  Life became difficult and at times meaningless.  When dad saw people immigrate to Canada he wished to go with them.  When dad’s uncle John acquired permission to immigrate to Canada, he included him.  In this new country, dad became a farm laborer during which time he got to know Eva Braun.  John and Eva were married on July 1, 1934 with Bishop Peter Toews officiating.  The ceremonial setting was the living room of the Braun’s farm home.  Dad went back to Reinfeld to do the evening chores at Bishop Jacob Froese’s.  Their first year of married life, they lived in Reinfeld; the following October 1935, they moved to the school district of Hoffnungsort, northwest of Plum Coulee.  Here they farmed 160 acres and raised their family of 11 children.  Radio and newspapers were dad’s way of keeping in touch with the wider world.  He taught himself to read and read extensively in the three German and several English newspapers that came to our house.  Reading of scripture and prayer was a daily discipline of dad’s.  Scripture was read before we ate breakfast and before he retired in the evening.

Dad leaves to mourn his passing 3 daughters, Tina and Fred Jerger of Winnipeg, Anne Dyck of Elkhorn, Betty and Brian Derksen of Winnipeg; 7 sons, Ike and Agatha of Winkler, Peter and Phyllis of Elkhorn, Jake and Kathy of Winkler, John and Gloria of Abbotsford, BC, Abe and Linda of Plum Coulee, Dave and Eileen of Winkler, Willie and Margaret of Winkler; 1 son-in-law, John Suderman of Greenfarm; 21 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild.

He was predeceased by his wife, Eva (nee Braun) in 1995; daughter, Helen Suderman (2006) as well as great granddaughter, Alyssa Epp.

Funeral service was held on Thursday, December 27, 2007 at 10:30 am at the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with Rev. Menno Janzen and Rev. David Friesen officiating.  Interment followed at Winkler Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in John’s memory to Faith and Life Communications Memorial Plan 200 – 600 Shaftesbury Blvd. Winnipeg, MB R3P 2J1 or Salem Foundation Inc. 165 15th St. Winkler, MB R6W 1T8.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements,

www.wiebefuneralhomes.com

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