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November 1, 1948 — April 16, 2022

It is with broken hearts we announce the passing of Ken Van Dyke, surrounded by family, on April 16, 2022, at 73 years of age.

Ken was born and raised in Meadow Lake, SK. He grew up enjoying all sports, but excelled in football, hockey, and getting into trouble during high school. He followed his family to Kelowna in 1970, after spending a short time in Swift Current, SK. He began his career in Power Engineering at Kelowna General Hospital in 1971, following in his Grandfather and Father’s footsteps. He retired in 2009 with his 2nd Class ticket but did not like retirement very much, always saying he was between jobs!! He went on to work for Tolko Industries until retiring again in 2012. During his career he spent 16 years with the British Columbia Dragoons (1971-1987) releasing at the rank of Warrant Officer. He spent 13 years as an Auxiliary Constable with the RCMP (1976-1979 and 1988 -1999) and was a member of the first RCMP bike patrol in Kelowna. He drove Kelowna Transit for a number of years and found fulfillment in all these extra activities.

Ken met Judi Heinricks when he was in Swift Current in 1969 and enticed her to come to BC in 1974. They were married in 1977 and had two sons, Ian (1982) and Jeffrey (1984). He was very proud of his sons, their accomplishments, and their families. His sons always knew he was in their corner and would fight giants for them.

Ken was the strong, silent type with a sense of humour, a tender heart, and an interest in people and their stories. He had a way of drawing people into conversation. He was a loyal friend, devoted husband and proud father. He had a strong work ethic, which he passed on to his sons. He enjoyed reading newspapers.  He liked John Wayne movies, TCM and action movies. He enjoyed B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Colin James’ music. He was interested in current events and politics, military history and airplanes and coffee with friends he made at Tim Horton’s. He enjoyed travelling and visited Europe, Ireland, Hawaii, Bahamas, Alaska and took his sons to Disneyland.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, Alvin (Ruby) and Anne. He will be sorely missed and dearly remembered by his wife Judi; his sons Ian (Julia) and Jeffrey (Elyse); and grandchildren Simon, Henry, Hanna, Theo, and Lennox. He is also survived by his brother Dallas (Sheila); his sister Eileen (David); 4 nieces; 1 nephew; and 9 grandnieces and nephews. His large “in-law” family, who overwhelmed him at first, will remember him fondly.

My husband, my friend, my everything has passed away
Your life was full of loving deeds
Forever thoughtful of my needs
Today and tomorrow, my whole life through,
I will always love and cherish you.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 10:30 AM in Kelowna Community Church of the Salvation Army, 1480 Sutherland Ave. We ask you to wear a mask, please.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society of BC or The Salvation Army.

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Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 10:30 AM

Kelowna Community Church of the Salvation Army

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Service Information

Service Details

The service for VAN DYKE, Ken is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 10:30 AM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Kelowna Community Church of the Salvation Army

1480 Sutherland Ave Kelowna, BC


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Funeral Pointers:



  • Darrel and Amanda Murrat says:

    Amanda and I are so sorry to hear about your your loss and I am grateful to have known Ken and family as neighbours.
    Wishing you comfort and God’s peace during this difficult time.

    • Jim Knelson says:

      I wish to send my condolence to Judi and family. Although at the time I was only six and seven years old in Swift Current, I have vivid memories of Ken while living on the same street. Ken was a power engineer with great taste in music!

  • John Heinrichs says:

    Sincere sympathies to you, Judy, and the rest of the family on the passing of Ken. He will be sorely missed.

  • Marcia Radcliffe says:

    Judy just letting you know that my prayers are with you and family in this difficult time.

  • Marilyn Bahnman (Wills) says:

    Judi, I am truly sorry for your loss. Remember the good times and cherish the love Ken gave…🌺

  • Lesley Graham says:

    My heart felt condolences go out to you Judy and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Praying For comfort from our dear lord in this time of need. ❤️

  • Harry O;Neill says:

    Very sorry to hear of Ken’s passing, I worked with him at KGH and have fond memories.
    Condolences to his family

    Harry O’Neill

  • Gary Durose says:

    Heaven has one of earths greatest angels now! I will always remember our great early coffees in the morning at The Salvation Army before tackling the project of the day. He had a heart of gold and never complained of the task at hand. He loved his family so much and was a good example for me to follow.
    One of these men only comes around once in a blue moon
    God Bless and comfort you Judi, my the fond memories comfort you in the quiet times ahead!
    Love Gary Durose

  • Wayne and Val Hanet says:

    Sending our condolences to you Judi. May God bring you peace as you remember Ken.

  • Frank & Betty Pribyl & Family says:

    Our Deepest Condolences to Judi & Family! Sorry To hear of Kens Passing !
    You are in Our Thoughts & Prayers !R.I.P. Ken! Big Hugs!

  • Melvin Liu says:

    Jeff and the Van Dyke family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Janet Dedinsky says:

    Judi, Ian and Jeff,
    My deepest condolences to you. I hope you cherish many good memories. What a lovely tribute to his life.

  • Caulett & Dale Griesser says:

    Our deepest condolences to you Judi and family. May all you pleasant memories help you through this difficult time.. much love and hugs

  • Cal & Tudy Fortnum says:

    Dear Judy and Family. So very sad for you all and sorry we missed Ken’s memorial service as we were not in town. We will be thinking of – and praying for you in days ahead. Blessings Tudy&Cal

  • Bill says:

    My condolences on your loss. There was a group of us that would meet with Kenny at TIm Hortons regularly, ,(my Dad also was one of them) and we would chat about many things with him and had lots of laughs. As Ken and I were both Power Engineers he would often share many work stories with me, and would nudge me to upgrade my certification and go another class higher like him. Ken will be missed.

  • David Lenzi says:

    I paraded with Ken while I was a BCD B sqn. Kelowna left to become Regular service member 1974. Discharged due to injury while doing basic. Most heartfelt condolences to all his loved ones.

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