Obituary of Martin Dyck
Our Dad was born in Cuauchtemoc, Mexico. On March 17, 1951, to Jacob and Susanna Dyck. He grew up in the communities of Compo 67 and 88. He was baptized upon the confession of his faith on June 9, 1971, and married the love of his life Katharina Heinrichs, on July 25, 1971, and were married for 52 years.
Dad and Mom moved their family to Bolivia for a short period of 11 months in 1979 -1980 where there was a son born during that time. Due to the very hard times in Bolivia, Dad and Mom decided to pack up their family and move back to Mexico to continue moving forward with their lives. In 1986, they again packed up their family and made their way up to Ontario, Canada. We lived there for about two months and then came to Manitoba and settled down in between, Grunthal and Steinbach. Currently living in the town of Grunthal.
During Dad's growing up years he had a very close brother (Uncle Cornie) that he enjoyed doing horseback back riding with training horses in front of wagons and bronc riding donkeys on top the composted manure pile where the landing would be soft. About three years ago his brother passed away and it really broke our Dad's heart on which he commented in German (Nu has me hier allein gelassen). Also at the grave side, Dad said, "we will see each other soon". On February 7,2024, Dad, your wish was granted.
Dad was a very hard-working man and took care of his family the best he knew how. Being quite poor and raising a large family did not come without sacrifice, and yet always willing to help out the next person.
He especially enjoyed working alongside his love (Our Mom) butchering pigs together as a livelihood. They had a system going that worked out so good for them. If his health would have allowed him, he would still be doing it.
Our Dad had a bypass heart surgery in 2004 from which he recovered very well, but it seemed like his breathing was never quite the same since. He found out six years ago that he had a respiratory disease called COPD. On August of 2023, he was diagnosed with a severe case of Pneumonia which caused him to go on fulltime oxygen. It was very hard to see him fighting for every breath he took. In 2020 he was also diagnosed with lung cancer which also contributed to his breathing problems. During the last week here on this earth he shared some wonderful testimonies about his salvation to his family and friends. One of the testimonies he shared is about being saved by grace alone and not by works. He acknowledged that his works were not enough to save him, only by God's grace had he been saved. He had a great love for Jesus and a great longing to be with his Lord and Savior. The last words before he slipped into a coma is another great assurance for the family left behind, "Jesus, wo schön" meaning "Jesus how wonderful!! "
Martin Dyck went to be with his Lord and Savior, peacefully, at his home on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 2:44 a.m. He reached an age of 72 years, 10 months, 21 days.
Martin is survived by his loving wife, Katharina Dyck, and ten children and their families. Jacob (Olga), Sara (Bernie), Susie (Henry), Henry (Anna), Tina (Cornie), David (Linda), Johnny (Kathy), Anna (Stan), Helen (Peter), Lisa (Bernie), 51 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by one son (Martin) at age 3, his parents, parents-in-law, two brothers, and four brothers-in-law.
Dad will be greatly missed by his Family and many friends that he made over the years.
The viewing will be held Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB.
The funeral will be held Monday, February 12, 2024, 2:00 p.m., at Reinland Mennonite Church, Grunthal, MB., with interment at the church cemetery.
The Family would like to thank Bishop Dave Penner and Rev. Cornie Klassen for their services and many prayers that were sent upward for Martin and the family. We would also like to thank everyone for the prayers, the visitations, and meals that we received.
A special thank you to Southeast Wellness Pharmacy for his outstanding services and visits with Dad when he delivered his meds. Also, Palliative care, Home Care, and Dr. Reimer for meeting his needs in the last days here on earth.
Thank you to Birchwood Funeral Chapel and the Reinland Church for facilitating the funeral and to the church group for organizing and serving the Faspa.