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FRANK JOHN DYCK
Born: Dec 28, 1922
Date of Passing: Jun 29, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
FRANK JOHN DYCK
December 28, 1922 - June 29, 2021
Our father was born in Kolinovo, Memrik Colony, (Ukraine) Russia. He immigrated to Canada with his family at a very young age. The family began farming in Lena, Manitoba. Dad was the eldest of five children. Their early years in Canada were impacted by both the Great Depression and the Second World War. Dad would often recount events from those years but downplayed the difficulties of short food supplies, extreme weather and the many challenges faced by that era. The tales he told were filled with love and humour, so typical of him.
In 1941 Dad attended Normal School to train to become a teacher. It was during those years he met our mother, Anne Regehr, who was teaching at the Lena, Manitoba school. In August 1948 they married. In 1953 Dad and Mom, along with their young son Paul, moved to Paraguay to work for the Mennonite Central Committee. During the years in Paraguay five more children arrived: Elfriede, John, Raymond, Harold (born in Canada) and Christine. While teaching and ministering in Paraguay the family would go on furlough so Dad could further his studies in Theology. When the family returned from Paraguay in 1967, they settled in Winnipeg. Dad became the Pastor at Springfield Heights Mennonite Church and later Jubilee Mennonite Church. For several years he also served in an Inter-City Ministry and broadcast weekly sermons in German and Low German on the southern Manitoba Radio Station CFAM. He retired in 1987 at age 65 and he and mom bought themselves a Westfalia van and toured around Canada making their way to the Yukon on several occasions to visit their youngest son Harold and family. In later life Mom and Dad moved to Abbotsford, BC. They very much enjoyed their years there close to Anne's sisters and their daughter Christine and son-in-law Cecil Unrau.
Dad was predeceased by his wife, our mom, in 2011; sisters, Elizabeth and Annie; in-law siblings, Jake Dick, Peter Buhler, Helen Regehr, Henry Dueck; and in-law stepsiblings, John and Olga Klassen.
Left to mourn his passing are his children, Paul (Jeannette), Elfriede (Helmut Kroeker), John (Nancy), Raymond (Shirley), Harold (Barb), and Christine (Cecil Unrau); 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; his brothers, John (Ellie), Henry (Anna), in-law siblings, Mary, Eugene, Irene (Herm Unger), Lorraine (Charles Harms) and their families.
Right until his final days' Dad remained sharp of mind and quick witted. He was a voracious reader and had a genuine curiosity for all facets of life. He could remember details and events and could tell stories that entertained and were often funny or wry. He died as he lived, peacefully and on his own terms. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and a friend and minister to many. He will be missed.
The family would like to include a special thanks to Christine and Cecil for helping support Dad through the pandemic well enough for him to stay safely in his own home; we are grateful.
Celebration of Life services will be held in Abbotsford and Winnipeg at later dates.
Online condolences can be sent to wiebeandjeskefh.com.
Donations can be made in memory of Frank and Anne Dyck to the Mennonite Central Committee or a like charity.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 10, 2021
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
Your dad was the most patient parent I have ever met. He had the wisdom to recognize we would eventually find our way, and the humor to sit back and amuse himself in the errors of our ways. There was always the understanding all were welcome at the Dyck's household, and we flocked there often to be fed literally and emotionally. Both parents loved with wild abandon and their home was our home. Will miss seeing them, but will keep them near to me in spirit. Peace Be With You. - Posted by: Colleen Loewen (Chris & Cec's friend) on: Jul 25, 2021
Uncle Frank was a special uncle and brother to my dad. I have many fond memories of their visits to the farm, and our visits to 400 Linden. Uncle Frank’s stories, jokes, & laughter are very dear to me. Later our phone visits were also special and included his thoughts on his latest reading, gardening, herbs etc. I always appreciated his open and kind heart welcoming new family members as they arrived. His unwavering love demonstrated he was a true man of God. We will miss you Uncle Frank! ❤️ - Posted by: Karen Tiessen ( Dyck) (Niece) on: Jul 12, 2021
Dear Dad, I want to tell you what a blessing you have been to me. Living in this WOKE culture where people are judged for what they do or don't do, you, DAD, were not afraid to say and be your own person. You were an inspiration to me. You knew what you believed in and made NO apologies for it! You never judged me or my decisions. You told me that God was great and that He gives us the power to live life courageously, boldly and fearlessly when many things that surround us would tell us to be afraid. 2nd Timothy verse 7 says, "For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of Power, Love and self control." You were my rock. When I found out that I had cancer we had many meaningful and enlightening conversations. You told me that each one of us has some sort of journey that God has chosen for us all and to embrace it knowing all the while that this was the path that God had chosen for me. This journey is full of diversity. Joy, love, sadness, tears, etc. and that God is with us in all these emotional roller coasters. Thank you DAD for loving me unconditionally and unjudgementally. I will miss our talks. I miss you. I love you. Love, Jeannette 💘 - Posted by: Jeannette (Daughter-in-law) on: Jul 11, 2021
When I met and started dating Christine, Dad immediately was very warm and accepting of our budding relationship. Dad and I had lengthy conversations about just about everything, often accompanied by a sumptuous meal when sitting around the dining room table. He was very interested in what I and anyone else thought and shared much of his experiences and knowledge without judgment. Dad was generous with his time particularly with his children, his grandchildren and his great grandchildren. Christine & I were blessed to have Dad officiate our wedding ceremony. It was an honour for both of us. Frank Dyck meant a lot to me personally, I will always have a great love for him, and will miss him always. He understood that I came from a broken home and my own father was absentee since I was a small child. Frank Dyck became my dad and I told him after ever call, conversation or visit that I loved him and he told me he loved me too. Those were the sweetest words that I’ll always cherish. I feel so blessed to have had the special time we shared. I’ll miss you dad♥️ - Posted by: Cecil W. Unrau (Son/Son-In-Law) on: Jul 10, 2021
I am deeply grateful that I had the opportunity to have met The Dyck’s when our family began attending Springfield Heights Church when I was 5 years old. I had the pleasure of many sleep overs at their home over the years . I always felt welcomed, at home and had so much fun at 400 Linden. Mr. Dyck always had a smile and joke of some kind for me!! I know Chris/Cec were so thrilled to have Mr. & Mrs. Dyck in BC after they decided to relocate. I so enjoyed getting updates in recent years of special flour requests , he had for Christine , for baking his own rye bread and Zweibach. I know he will be dearly missed but the wisdom that he provided will live on through his children’, grandchildren and great-grandchildren !🥰 - Posted by: Angie Hiebert (Friend of Christine /Cecil) on: Jul 10, 2021
From the day I was born, I had a loving father, who always had my best interests at heart. I have fond memories of traveling/camping with mom and dad across North America as a teenager. Dad was compassionate, funny, educational and had an uncanny ability to be softly persuasive. He never judged and accepted all as they were. True man of God. His physical presence will be greatly missed, but his love and teachings remain forever. Love and miss you Christine - Posted by: Christine Unrau (Daughter ) on: Jul 10, 2021
Frank was a very special person, kind, caring and interesting. He was a good friend and my husband and I always enjoyed our discussions, trips and visiting with him and Anne. My sincere sympathy to the family. You will certainly miss him. - Posted by: Hanna Rempel (friend*) on: Jul 10, 2021
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