of Alberta

Dyck, Jacob Henry

Dyck, Jacob Henry

March 9, 1921 – February 1, 2015

Jacob Henry Dyck March 9, 1921 ~ February 1, 2015 On Sunday, February 1, 2015 Jacob Henry Dyck went to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Jacob was born in the Ukraine on March 9, 1921. He was the oldest of three children, the only son to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dyck. In 1926, Jacob along with his family immigrated to Canada. They moved to a number of communities in Alberta before settling in Coaldale. Jacob resided in Coaldale until his passing.

Jake was an employee of Edwards Rod Weeders in the 1950’s. He worked in the plant for many years building equipment. Because of his hard work and faithfulness to the job he was asked to become a driver to haul all this equipment. As a long distance truck driver he travelled all over Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Idaho, Utah, Oregon and the Dakotas. The trucking kept him busy but he always had time to look at God’s creation. Jake commented often about how great a land we lived in and the beauty God had all around us if we just took the time to look.

Jake met Susie, the love of his life in 1957. In Jake’s own words it was love at first sight. They married on December 14, 1957 and Jake became not only a husband, but a father to Bertha and Donald. Jake shared his love of the outdoors with Sue, Bertha and Donald and introduced them to camping and to the sport of hunting. How Jake enjoyed tracking down a moose and his aim was nearly flawless as he pulled the trigger. During the summer of 1968 Jake and Sue found out they wore expecting. To announce their good news to family they told everyone over a CB radio, that come January an addition would arrive to their home. In January 1969 Jake was blessed to have an addition to his family, a son, named Jason. The trucking business kept dad away from home far too much. Wanting to see Jason grow up he retired from Edward’s Rod Weeders and looked for work that allowed him to stay home.

The career change found Jake working at Tru Mix- a concrete business.  The hauls were usually close to home and any chance Jake had he would stop at home and check on Susie and Jason.  As Jason grew and Donald married and started his family a new adventure of motorcycling began.  The motor cycles allowed Jake and Susie to see more of the camping area they loved and much laughter was around the fire at night as they shared their new experiences.  Jake continued working for Tru Mix until his retirement in February 1987.

Jake was passionate about his faith, his love of Susie and his love for all three of their children.  He had a soft spot for his grandchildren as he watched them grow and then he was blessed to see great grandchildren enter the picture.  His retirement allowed him to spend more time camping, fishing, and hunting.  He was active in the Coaldale Seniors Centre for 15 years, playing pool with his friends twice a week.  When Jake hauled out his pool cue he was in serious mode for a good game.  Church was a vital part of Jake’s life as well as studying God’s word.  Jake and Susie became part of a seniors Bible Study group which kept them growing in God’s word and leaning on God for all of their success and times of trials.

Psalm 100 is a testament to Jacob’s life.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Jake was predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dyck, his step son, Donald Mantler and his sister Helen Durksen (only 3 days before Jake’s passing).

Left to cherish his memory are: his beloved wife Susie of 57 years, step daughter Bertha Ferraiuolo (Dante), and his son, Jason Dyck (Julie-Anne).  Jake’s sister: Kay Friesen.  Also 6 grandchildren: Roxanne Fontaine (Dave), Marisa Ferraiuolo, D.J. Murphy (Ryan), Jared, Leighton and Grady Dyck.

Great grandchildren are: Brok Fontaine, Quinn Fontaine and Rylan Murphy.

Jake will be keenly missed by his dear friends and by the community of Coaldale that he was part of for nearly 60 years.

A Visitation will be held from 7:00-8:00pm, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at the Coaldale Funeral Home, 1711, 20th St. Coaldale, AB. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30am, on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at the Coaldale Mennonite Brethren Church, 2114 18 St. Coaldale, AB, with Pastor Gary Burke officiating.