Dyck, John (1928-1999)

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John Dyck in 1953.
Source: Preservings Photo.

John Dyck: businessman and director of Mennonite research; born 10 August 1928 in Neuhorst, Manitoba, to Peter J. and Katharina (Wiebe) Dyck as the 8th of 9 children in the family.  Because his father was a teacher, the family moved several times as job opportunities arose. John spent a large part of his younger years in Reinland, Manitoba.

He spent his working years in various aspects of retail work, from his job at a hardware store in Winkler to his employment as general manager of a farm equipment company. He worked extensively with the Chamber of Commerce, started his own insurance agency, and held sales training classes.  In 1960 he moved to Winnipeg.  In the early 1980s when the agricultural industry underwent severe upheaval and turmoil, John became unemployed.  With the loss the business employment, his growing involvement in Mennonite Studies intensified.  He was an active participant with the Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society and he worked as the research director for the Hanover Steinbach Historical Society. He was the author or editor of numerous books including a biography, local community history and institutional history. (See bibliography) He contributed over 20 articles to Mennonite historical journals and spoke at various historical conferences.

John Dyck was baptized in 1948. He was married to Elma Penner (b. 1932 in Gnadenthal, Manitoba) on 22 May 1952.  They had four children. In Winkler they were members of the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church and in Winnipeg the family were active members of the Burrows Bethel Mennonite Church. John died of cancer on 22 June 1999 in Winnipeg and his funeral was conducted in the Elmwood Mennonite Brethren Church.


Enns, Adolf.  “Tribute to John Dyck.” Preservings No. 15 (December 1999): 69.

GRANDMA (The Genealogical Registry and Database of Mennonite Ancestry) Database, 5.03 ed. Fresno, CA: California Mennonite Historical Society, 2007: #199565.

Plett, Delbert F.  “John Dyck, 1928-99, Gentle Revolutionary.”  Preservings No. 15 (December 1999): 68.

Plett, Delbert F. “John Dyck—Reflections.”  Preservings No. 15 (December 1999): 70-71.

Archives at Mennonite Heritage Centre

Additional Information

Works written or edited by John Dyck:

Dyck, John, ed.  Working papers of the East Reserve Village histories, 1874-1910. Steinbach, Man. : Hanover Steinbach Historical Society Inc., 1990. 229 pp.

Dyck, John, ed. Bergthal Gemeinde Buch : consisting of: Bergthal Gemeinde Buch 1843-1876 with annotations by John Dyck ; Chortitzer Gemeinde Buch indexes for volumes started in 1878, 1887 and 1907;  Passenger lists 1874-1880 of Mennonite immigrants to Manitoba  with annotations by Cathy Barkman ; The 1881 federal census data on residents in Manitoba Mennonite communities.  Steinbach, Man. : Hanover Steinbach Historical Society, 1993. 439 pp.

Dyck, John. Crosstown Credit Union Limited : serving the Mennonite community : the first fifty years, 1944-1994. Winnipeg, Man. : Crosstown Credit Union, 1993. 174 pp.

Dyck, John. Oberschulze :Jakob Peters (1813-1884) : Manitoba pioneer leader. Steinbach, Man. : Hanover Steinbach Historical Society, 1990. 138 pp.

Dyck, John and William Harms, eds. Reinländer Gemeinde Buch : 1880-1903, Manitoba, Canada. Winnipeg, Man. : Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 1994. 525 pp.

Dyck, John and William Harms, eds. 1880 village census of the Mennonite West Reserve, Manitoba, Canada. Winnipeg, Man. : Manitoba Mennonite Historical Society, 1998. 500 pp.

Dyck, John. A foundation like no other : Mennonite Foundation of Canada,1973-1998. Winnipeg : Mennonite Foundation of Canada, 1999. 176 pp.

Dyck, John and Darlene Buchanan, eds. The story of Gerhard and Anna (Redekopp) Wiebe : their ancestors and descendants in their migrations from Prussia to Russia, to  Canada, USA, Mexico, Paraguay. Winnipeg, Man. : Wiebe Family History Book Committee, 2005.

Dyck, John, ed. Three hundred years : Peter Penner (1850-1924) and Margaretha  Wiebe (1854-1945), Danzig and Elbing, Prussia to Chortitza and  Bergthal, Russia to Rudnerweide, Manitoba. Winnipeg : Penner Family History Committee, c1996.

Author(s) Susan Huebert
Date Published January 2008

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