John George Dueck died Nov. 7, 2009. He was born Nov. 4, 1925 in Ukraine to John and Maria Dueck. During the 1940s, the family fled to Germany, where John was conscripted into the Germany army while the Russians sent his family to Siberia. He came to Canada in 1948 under a government program which allowed displaced young men to work off travel debt after immigrating. He worked for a farmer in northern Alberta until he paid off his debt, then attended Bible school in Coaldale, Alta., from 1949–1950. John married Agnes Woelck in 1951. He worked in the building trade until he became disabled. After 19 years of separation, he met several of his siblings in Germany. John is mourned by Agnes; children Eleanor (Henry) Sudermann, Edward, David (Jodie); 5 grandchildren. The funeral was Nov. 12 at Coaldale MB Church.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.