Arthur Donald Dyck

Arthur Donald DyckArthur Donald Dyck of Renton, Washington entered into the presence of our Lord on October 22, 2014. He was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather. Most of all, he was a man of great Christian faith.

He was predeceased by his parents Cornelius and Tena Dyck, his older brother Elmer Van Dyck, his younger sister LaVerna Davis and a beloved niece and nephew, Sherrlynn Davis and Donold Dyck. He was also predeceased by his in-laws, Jacob and Sara Voth, and a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

He is survived by Justina Dyck, his wife of 60 years, and their four sons Samuel Dyck (Janna) of Everett WA, David Dyck (Cindy), and Wendell Dyck (Bob Chapin) all of Seattle WA, and Roy Dyck (Robynn) of Denton TX. He is also survived by his grandchildren Jeremy Dyck (Jamie), Cassandra Porcella (Brad), Matthias Wolfe, Joshua, Daniel, Samantha and Jonathan Dyck, as well as his great grandchildren Riley, Connor, Kaylee and Bethany Dyck, and brothers-in-law, sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins and their families.

He was born on October 3rd, 1930 in Great Deer, Saskatchewan, Canada. In the 1940s, his family relocated to British Columbia, Canada. He met his wife Justina Voth at the Mennonite Brethren church in Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada. They were married on August 26, 1954 in Aldergrove. Shortly afterwards, they built a house and started a family with the arrival of Samuel in 1956 and then David in 1958. In 1961, they set out with their family and moved to Henderson, Nebraska to be house parents at the Grace Children’s Home. During their tenure there Wendell was born in early1964. Three months later they returned to British Columbia from their missions work, but the economy was very hard, so another three month later they moved down to North Seattle. There Arthur worked at King’s Garden (now Crista Ministries) in the nursing home and the print shop. In 1966 Roy was born. During the time in Seattle, Arthur studied at Edison Tech (part of the University of Washington at the time) to become an electronic technician which led to his work at the Tally Corporation.

In 1969 the family moved from the north end of Seattle to Renton due to the relocation of Arthur’s work from Seattle to Kent. Arthur continued to work for Tally until his retirement in 1996. After the move they started attending Highlands Community Church in Renton. In 1979 Arthur and Justina with the three younger boys moved to another home in Renton that they have resided in for the last 35 years. In 1999, Arthur and Justina changed churches to Liberty Ridge Alliance Church where they attended for 10 years. During these years, Arthur was very involved in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). Approximately five years ago, they discovered the East Hill Baptist Church where they attended faithfully until the Parkinson’s made leaving the house next to impossible for Arthur.

Over the years, Arthur and Justina enjoyed traveling which they did until Arthur’s health started to fail. They took many road trips, often visiting people whose missions they supported. For example, they took two trips to Mexico, once with some missionaries based out of Pharr TX and once to where Samuel and Janna were missionaries at the time. Their travels took them across much of the United States and Canada. They also made two long trips over the years to the Holy Land and a trip to Germany.

A memorial service for Arthur will be held at the East Hill Baptist Church at 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 28th. The Church is located at 25650 124th Ave SE, Kent WA 98030. He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony on Thursday October 30th at the Floral Hills Cemetery, Lynnwood WA.

One Response to “Arthur Donald Dyck”

  • Debbie Wiens says:

    Dear Wendell and Family,
    Thank you for sharing this. I was not aware of much of the history, and found it interesting to know. So many great memories, especially for me in the more younger years when we would all get together for family gatherings.
    I thought that your dad was a very generous person at heart even though maybe to some that was not always evident on the outside. Intelligent, faithful and with a witty sense of humour. When Uncle Art and Aunt Justina took Tatiana (sorry if I did not get the name right) in their home at an age when most parents would have not considered it an option I thought that was really selfless and putting love in action!
    Even though I did not see much of your parents over the latter part of Uncle Art’s life, they seemed to be enjoying their life together! I will not be attending the funeral, please don’t take offence to this. I don’t go to many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Love, cousin Debbie

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