In the early morning of Oct. 19, 2010, with his wife and daughters by his side, Wilbur Dyk, 88, passed into the glory of his Savior's loving arms.
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Born on Dec. 21, 1921, to Arie and Anna (Broekema) Dyk, he was the fourth of six children.
He met the love of his life, Alice Triemstra, and made her his wife on Nov. 1, 1946. Three years later, they were blessed with the birth of a son, Wilbur Dean. Wanting to complete their family, they adopted their daughter, Muriel Ann in 1956, and in 1963, adopted their daughter, Lorilyn Renee.
His faith was very important to him. He and Alice were charter members of Bethel CRC and worshipped God there for the last 50 years. He was active in the building of both the church and the parsonage.
Dad was a farmer his whole life and he was good at it. The farm he started now supports three families. He was also a craftsman who built his own home with customized cabinets. After he (semi) retired, he learned a new craft of woodworking and turned out beautiful bowls, pens, vases, clocks and toys for his grandchildren.
He is survived by Alice, his wife of (almost) 64 years; his son, Wilbur Dean (Deanne) Dyk; daughter, Muriel Koenes; and daughter, Lori (Terry) Wubben. He leaves behind nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Arie (Bernice) Dyk; sisters-in-law, Irene Dyk, Betty Dyk, Marge Dyk, and Evelyn Triemstra; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be sorely missed by them all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arie and Anna; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas and Mina Triemstra; his brothers, John and his wife Jeanette, Bill, and Len; his sister, Jennie and her husband, Jim Eggink; his brothers-in-law, Henry Triemstra, Neal and his wife Cecil Triemstra, John and his wife Win Triemstra; sisters-in-law, Catherine and her husband John Kamps; and baby Helen Triemstra.
We say goodbye with sadness to our husband, father, grandfather, farmer, craftsman, fisherman. We will miss you here on earth, but will be reunited with you in heaven.
We would also like to thank the special caregivers over the years – Colleen, Karen, Martha, Nancy, and Regina – and a special thank you to the wonderful nurses and staff at Gallatin Rest Home.
Visitation at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Interment in Churchill Cemetery will be at 2 p.m. Monday, followed by memorial services at 3 p.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.
Memorials may be made to Bethel CRC Christian Education Fund, 6045 Bethel Drive, Manhattan, MT 59741.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2010