George Dyck, age 92, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 21, 2019 at the Herbert & District Integrated Health Care Facility, Herbert, SK.
George Peter Dyck was born on September 28, 1927 to Gerhard & Katherina Dyck on the family farm north of Gouldtown, SK. George was the third of six children and the first son in the family. He attended the Roland school and showed his academic excellence, particularly in mathematics, through his quick calculations. He also showed quickness as an athlete in track and field. George completed grade eight but because of his father’s poor health, his time and energy were required to help on the farm. On October 21, 1945 his dad passed away and as an eighteen year old, George assumed the role of father to his siblings and provider for the family.
He inherited a farming situation that had many challenges. There was the operation of the farm, still done by horses and old machinery, and a mortgage, which the holder was not keen on continuing – a very bleak lot for an eighteen year old to face. Through the advice and assistance from family and other good people, he refinanced and upgraded the equipment. Together with his younger brother, Paul, they developed into a very successful mixed farm with cattle, grain, and even more land. There were prize-winning purebred Herford bulls and a significant herd.
Along with this success, he was also generous to family and others in the community. George invested his time and energy in the Gouldtown church through ushering, board member service, and repairs when needed. In June of 1958 he was baptized there.
Although quiet spoken, George found a way to fall in love with Helen, and in 1967 they were married. With Helen’s two children, Ron and Sharon, they continued their life together on the farm. George & Helen spent 52 years together.
His love for farming carried through into excellent gardening when George transitioned into retirement in Herbert. In his generosity, he shared that too. He was involved in the Living Faith Fellowship Church, MCC Board, New Horizons Senior Centre, and Meals on Wheels. Deteriorating health in his last years brought on the need to move to the Herbert Manor, and then the nursing home.
George’s body is laid to rest in the Gouldtown Cemetery, only steps away from the land he farmed for decades. But better still, his spirit is with the Heavenly Father that he served through his life.
George was predeceased by his parents, Gerhard & Katherina Dyck; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary (Abe) Schellenberg; his brothers-in-law, Arnold Martens and John Siemens; and by his great-grandchildren, Tanner Hughes and Myla Heppner.
George leaves to mourn his wife, Helen Dyck; his step-son, Ron (Deb) Klassen; his step-daughter, Sharon (Ron) Shiels; his grandchildren, Dean, Alison (Jay), Michelle (Simon), Donna (Dave), Kim (Jay), and James (Brandi); his thirteen great-grandchildren; his two great-great-grandchildren; his sisters, Hertha Martens, Frieda (Henry) Kroeker, and Tina Siemens; his brothers, Paul (Susie) Dyck and Bob (Dianne) Dyck; his brothers-in-law, John (Marg) Dyck and Henry (Alice) Dyck; his many nieces and nephews; his cousins; and by many friends.
The Funeral Service for George Dyck was held on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 2:00 pm from Living Faith Fellowship Church, Swift Current, SK with Pastor Lincoln Vellacott officiating. “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” “The River,” and “Amazing Grace” were sung by the congregation, with Dianne Peters serving as pianist. Special music was brought by Donovan Epp, who sang “Beyond the Sunset.” and by Pastor Lincoln & Marilyn Vellacott. Tributes were given by Bob Dyck and Sharon Shiels. The obituary was given by Ron Klassen. The ushers in the church were Ken Siemens and Ron Schultz.
The Interment Service was held prior to the Funeral Service from the Gouldtown Cemetery, Gouldtown, SK with Archie Gannon, Trever Doerksen, Harry Martens, Wayne VanDyke, Dean Klassen, and Ken Kroeker serving as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers were Frank & Alvena Braun and Jake & Dianne Peters.
In memory of George Dyck, donations made to Gideons International and MCC Canadian Food Grains Bank would be appreciated by the family.
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