Larry Allen Dyck
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden death of Larry Allen Dyck on March 16, 2013 at the age of 66.
Larry was born on January 1, 1947 in Gladstone, Manitoba. Being from the prairies, there was always a special place in Larry’s heart for hockey, curling and agriculture. Larry was a standout defenseman for the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 1960s and the sport was a passionate pursuit throughout his life. Larry knew that sports were not what matters most in this world, though, and at the age of 18, Larry committed his life to Jesus Christ and chose his lifelong vocation of being a pastor. To that end, he earned bachelors and masters degrees in divinity at Providence College in Otterburne, MB. In 1968, he caught the eye of one Marilyn Lepp. They were married in August of 1969 and went on to enjoy 43 years of marriage. In the 1970s, Larry served as a pastor in churches in Birch Hills SK, Swan River MB and Winnipeg. In 1977, Larry and family relocated from Winnipeg to Salmon Arm, after being smitten with the beauty of the Shuswap. Larry was the pastor of First Baptist Church (now Shuswap Community Church) from 1977 to 1991 and from 1996 to 2005. Since 2010, he served as the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Vernon. Larry devoted himself fully to the well-being and spiritual growth of the many who attended the churches he led over the years, and he remained invested in the lives of many of them right up until the day of his death.
Larry is predeceased by his parents, Peter and Margaret Dyck. Larry is survived by his wife Marilyn, of Salmon Arm. His is also survived by his son Jeff and daughter-in-law Jessica of Surrey, and children Amelia, Simon and Paul. As well, his daughter Janine and children Josiah, Kaley and Hunter of Vernon and his sister Dorothy of Brandon, Manitoba. Larry took great delight in his children and grandchildren and took every opportunity to spend time with them in recent years.
Donations in Larry’s memory may be made to World Evangelization for Christ (WEC) at www.wec-canada.org, or to the charity of their choice.
The funeral service will be held at Shuswap Community Church, 3151 6th Avenue NE, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Interment will follow in Mt. Ida Cemetery, with a reception back in the Church.
Online condolences may be sent through Larry’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.