Myrtle Mae “Myrt” Van Dyke, 97, of Johnston, Iowa, passed away December 30, 2019 at UnityPoint Iowa Methodist Medical Center.
Myrtle was born October 29, 1922 in Dunlap, Iowa to parents, Thomas and Myrtle (Peters) Lynch. She grew up in Dunlap and moved to Des Moines in 1940. Myrtle joined the United States Navy Waves in 1943 until her honorable discharge in 1946. She was stationed in New York and assigned as chief mailman. Returning to Des Moines from her military duty, she attended Drake University, where she received her Master and teaching degrees. She worked as a Kindergarten Teacher for the Des Moines Public Schools for 33 years and retired in 1984.
Myrt was united in marriage to Edward A. Van Dyke on March 25, 1948. In 1987, they moved to Johnston.
Myrt was a member of the Iowa Genealogical Society, Immanuel United Methodist Church in Des Moines, D.A.R (Daughters of the American Revolution), National Huguenot Society, Daughters of American Colonists, Colonial Clergy, The National, Iowa and Des Moines Education Associations, Des Moines Area School Personnel Association, Iowa WAVES Veterans #84, V.F.W. Auxiliary #9662, Naval Armed Guard Iowa-Minnesota WWII and the American Legion in Johnston. She also served as a Volunteer for the Iowa Genealogical Library and VA Central Iowa Health Care System.
Myrt is survived by many nieces, nephews and their families as well as many close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward in 1992; siblings, Fern M. Shoemaker, Beulah Harrison, Eula Siwek, Kathryn Ventura, James Patrick, Thomas, Kenneth and James Robert Lynch.
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