Jacob (Jake) Johann Dyck
1935 ~ 2021
Jacob Johann Dyck was born August 21, 1935 to Johan G. Dyck and Agatha (nee Pankratz) near Winkler Manitoba. He attended school in Winkler and earned a business diploma from the high school there. He was then hired by the Canadian Bank of Commerce in Winkler and transferred to Miami, Elgin and then to Wiseton, Saskatchewan. In 1954, he resigned from the CBC and moved to Winnipeg where he worked for Security Storage. Jake then got a job at the Winkler Credit Union (where his ability to speak Low German was important) and stayed there for nearly 40 years. Jake was baptized on the confession of his faith by Bishop J.M. Pauls at Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church in 1954. He was active as treasurer and served as a deacon and on various committees.
After several years of dating, he married Anna Hildebrand, his first and only girlfriend! They had a two-bedroom bungalow built in Haskett that was then moved to 3rd Street in Winkler. Jake’s parents moved right next door and after his dad died; he faithfully looked after his mom. He moved her into Winkler’s first High Rise apartment block, after which Jake and Anne moved to their new home on Crystal Crescent where they lived for 52 years. In 2017 Jake and Anne decided to move into Crocus Village and have been enjoying a comfortable retirement close to many friends and their church.
Jake and Anne have two children, Lester (Guia) and Colleen (Don) as well as five grandchildren and one great grandson. They enjoyed camping with family and friends. Later, traveling to many places: Israel, USA, Germany, Ukraine, Hawaii, Mexico and many times to BC to visit Lester and his family.
Jake had two bouts with cancer in 1991 and after two surgeries, chemo and radiation, he enjoyed fairly good health for many years. He loved to visit and host get togethers. Playing card games was great, since he was not known to talk a lot! He also volunteered on several mission trips to Mexico and Seminole Texas. He enjoyed golfing and joined in numerous tournaments and fund raisers. As a member of the Sr League he golfed regularly until his health began to deteriorate. The after-effects of cancer treatments robbed him of his strength and muscle control, but he trusted God and His promise to “never leave him nor forsake him”. What would we do without Jesus??
Jake was a very patient, kind, considerate, generous and humble man. His prayer was always that his children and grandchildren would personally accept Jesus as Lord of their lives so that they would all be together in Heaven someday. We will miss our beloved Jake - husband, dad, Ohpa and friend.