Ben Dyck

After a brief stay in hospital, Ben passed away peacefully with family by his side, on October 10, 2021.

Dad leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 70 yrs, Margaret, his daughter Ruth (Ernie ) Obirek, son Ron (Linda) Dyck, son Bob Dyck, and daughter in law Gacheri Dyck.
He also leaves 10 grandchildren,  Jaime (Ron) Friesen; Brad (Rina) Dyck ; Tracey (Matt) Falk; Lisa Obirek (Gerald Ens); Catherine, Mwenda, Kendi, Makena, Reagan and Carson, as well as 8 Great grandchildren.

Ben is survived by his sister, Ina and was predeceased by his son Roger, in 2014.   

Born in Lowe Farm in 1928, Ben was just 2 yrs old when the family moved to the Homewood area. After the death of his father in 1943, and with the guidance of their mother, Dad and his 2 brothers, Jim and Erven, took over the family farm.

In 1950, Dad married Margaret Warkentin from Glenlea and they started their own yardsite a mile from the home farm. This was the farm where they raised their four busy children and built a life together. 

Dad always had a heart for adventure and travel.  He would pack all six of us into the car, with no air-conditioning and we would drag a tent trailer to Vancouver Island one year and Prince Edward Island the next.  He later upgraded to a motorhome and we celebrated Christmas Day in Disneyland, California a few years after that.

Although he enjoyed grain farming, Dad was always looking for something a little more exciting.  So in 1956, at the age of 28, Dad got his pilot's licence. A couple years later he purchased his own plane. Tires on a grass landing strip in summer and snow skis in the winter, this 2 seater taildragger, gave Dad the adventure he was looking for. Though this proved to be not exciting enough,  so after a few years Dad upgraded his plane to a Citabria and was able to take some aerobatic training.   Now, any crop checking flight wasn't complete without at least a loop, a roll, a hammerhead stall or all 3!  Over the years Dad took a couple long distance flights.  In 1980 he flew solo over the Rocky Mountains to Abbotsford to visit Walter and his sister Ina.  In 1981, Mom accompanied Dad to Fort Myers, Florida to visit Uncle Henry & Aunt Mary. 

The plane gave Dad countless hours of enjoyment, but in 1983 when Mom and Dad moved to Carman he turned his attention to golf and curling. At the tender age of 60 Dad took up his newest hobby, downhill skiing. He quickly outgrew the ski runs at La Riviere and Dad and Bob decided to hit the mountains.  The two of them enjoyed several ski trips to Whistler, Big White, Lake Louise, and Sunshine. 

Dad also had a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers. He was not afraid to tinker or make mistakes.  Some of his inventions included a shaft sensor for the old set of discers, automatic shutdown for the seed plant, GPS auto steer for one of his tractors, a combine yield monitor based off of the number of the tire revolutions , and in 1996, his full bin alarm made it into Farm Show Magazine.  Dad acquired his first computer when he was 60, and by the time his first great grandchild was born, he had his own YouTube channel.  He wasn’t afraid to try anything with his computers, I’m certain the staff at Radio Shack knew him by name.

Later, after the kids grew up and started their own families, Mom and Dad started travelling.  They often went to the United States and would take bus trips across Australia, Western Europe and South America. Even though Dad was semi retired, he was only a phone call away.  He was always happy to help with seeding, harvest or just running for parts.

 It was only in the last couple years that failing eyesight and other health issues made Dad slow down and rely more on Mom.  He had to hang up the skis and put away the curling shoes.  Dad was blessed with great health for the majority of his life and was able to live up to his adventurous spirit. 

 We are so grateful for the excellent care Dad received at both Boundary and Carman hospital and especially from Dr Kruk in these final days.

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever."

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Doyles Funeral Home
Hwy. 3&13 10-4th Avenue SE, Carman, MB
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