John Dyck passed away on Saturday December 4, 2021, at age 81 surrounded by family.
John was born on April 29, 1940, on his family farm near Rosetown to Julius P. Dyck and Katherine (Hiebert) Dyck. He spent his school years in Rudneweide and Edward schools. John started working at a young age helping his Dad on the farm. He tried his hand at a variety of jobs in the workforce from working in construction, unloading train cars, delivering coal and Winkler poultry. John was a fast learner and a hard worker in everything that he did. On September 29, 1959, he married his lifelong companion, friend and soulmate, Elizabeth Enns (Betty). They were baptized in Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church and lifetime members. They bought their first home in Winkler on First street. John continued to farm with his dad and started delivering milk from Winkler to Carman. As their family grew to three children, they moved to 7th Street where John purchased several trucks and hauled grain for local farmers. In 1968 the family moved to Greenfarm, a place they would call home for the next 25 years. Here they started a dairy farm, grew sugar beets and grain. John’s true passion was horses, he was involved in 4H horse club, trail rides, and Rodeos. His love of horses lead him to the world of Harness horse racing where he bred, raced and trained his own. John always talked about his racing days as being some of his favourite adventures. John spent many years working with horses, from doing weddings, parades, log pulling, ploughing fields, to sleigh rides. Often working alongside his good friend Stan, this was truly his favourite job. In his retirement years, he cut hay in the summers for Bill Loeppky. John enjoyed this as it brought back the feeling of life on the farm. He also enjoyed delivering motorhomes for Triple E with his shotgun rider by his side every trip was a new adventure, especially loved trips that brought him and Betty to the east coast. John loved to work hard and play harder. He loved sports, from playing to coaching. He enjoyed hockey, baseball, curling, and bowling. Watching his children and grandchildren do all of their activities was very important and he was very proud of everything they have accomplished. He may have complained about Kelly’s trumpet and piano lessons but that didn’t make him any less proud. The family wasn’t always close to home or even in the same country, but John made it a priority to see all of his children and grandchildren whenever he could.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one sister, one brother, two brothers-in-law and two nephews. He leaves to mourn his loving wife, Betty, their children, Jack (Valerie) Dyck, Kelly (John) Dyck, Larry (Catherine) Dyck, his grandchildren, Wyatt, Kaylee, Lindsay, James, Wayne, Brian, Kayla, Trevor, Riley, great grandchild, Jackson, honorary children, Wayne, Robert, Roland, Frank, Rachelle, Chris S, Jeremy, Chris A, Nolan, Mark, Luke, Mike, Dennis, Mackenzie, Melinda, Fernando and Carolina as well as one brother, Peter (Tina) Dyck and family, one sister, Martha Hildebrand and family, numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family would like to express our deepest gratitude for all of the prayers, support, and encouragement we have received through this trying time. We find peace and comfort in knowing that Grandpa has gone to his heavenly home.