Wylma Loretta Van Dyk died peacefully, with family at her bedside, the evening of Oct. 7, 2019, after complications from a stroke suffered six months earlier. She was 87.
She was born Feb. 23, 1932, in Leota, Minnesota, to the late Ray and Joanna Lubben. She was raised in Leota and graduated from Edgerton High School. She married John Van Dyk, also of Leota, on May 28, 1953. In 1954 they left their hometown and moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she was a homemaker and her husband was a truck driver. They pursued house flipping, before it became a trend, to supplement their income and pay for private Christian school for their children.
In 1965, they moved to Southern California to pursue work, and moved to Enumclaw in 1977 where she enjoyed the remainder of her life as a church member, home decorator and grandmother. She missed her hometown of Leota and would travel back every year with her husband to attend the Fourth of July celebrations and visit with family and friends. In retirement they spent winters in Mesa, Arizona.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, John; children Warren Lubben (Mary) of Port Orchard, Washington, Barbara DeKam (Wes) of Mesa, Arizona, John Van Dyk (Sandy) of Salem, Oregon, and Joel Van Dyk (Bibiana) of Enumclaw, Washington; along with eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five sisters.
A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Wabash Church in Auburn.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 710 Second Ave. #900, Seattle, WA 98104, or a charitable organization of the donor’s choice.
Services are directed by Weeks’ Enumclaw Funeral Home. All may share a memory on the tribute wall at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.