John Dyck passed away Mar. 8, 1998.
He was born Jan. 31, 1919 to Jacob and Annie Dyck in Alexandertal, Russia. His mother died and his father married Eva Petkau.
In 1926 the family immigrated to Canada. In 1937 at a revival meeting in Cabri, Sask., he accepted Christ.
The family moved to Yarrow, B.C; he was baptized, joining Yarrow MB Church in 1938. During the war, he served as a conscientious objector.
He married Agatha Jantzen Nov. 29, 1942. They lived in Richmond, B.C. and he worked at Brooksbank Dairies. They moved to Sumas Prairie to farm. He later worked at Modern Markets in Abbotsford, B.C.
In 1951 they moved to Vancouver, where he worked briefly for Woodwards, then for 30 years for Safeway.
He knew pain, having battled an ulcer, malaria, arthritis and diabetes. Both knees were replaced in 1988. Part of his left leg was amputated due to diabetes. He dedicated his life to serving God. His leadership of the youth in Vancouver MB Church resulted in a choir named "The Ambassadors", a ministry of 18 years that served in Union Gospel Mission, retirement homes, prisons and MB mission churches.
He and Agatha were deacons for 21 years at Fraserview MB Church. His optimism, smile and humour were enjoyed by many. He enjoyed taking Agatha for rides, working on projects with his sons and playing games with his grandchidren. His conversation always included comments about heaven.
Predeceased by 1 sister, he is mourned by Agatha; sons Ralph of Winnipeg, Kenneth of Calgary, Stanley of Abbotsford, B.C. and David of Shanghai, China; 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters and 2 brothers.
The funeral was Mar. 13 in Bakerview MB Church, Abbotsford, with John Neufeld ministering.