Father’s Day this weekend

Mike Bellmore, Features Editor
This is the Bruce Dick family of Devils Lake. The children (left to right) are Landon (15), Chandler (13), Sasha (9) and Mikaela (17). In back are Bruce and his wife, Trudy.

Bruce Dick, quite modestly, doesn’t consider himself a model father, although he probably could in the eyes of many.

The 49-year-old former Munich basketball player is pastor of Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Devils Lake, and that in itself puts him in high esteem with many folks.

But being “Father of the Year” isn’t one of his priorities. It should be noted, however, he’ll likely be treated like one on Sunday, which is Fathers Day.

“I’ll probably get a card and maybe get to pick what we have for lunch,” Dick smiles. “The kids have always been good to me on Fathers Day.”

Dick and his wife, the former Trudy Hertzell of Border Central, are parents to four children - Mikaela (17), Landon (15), Chandler (13) and Sasha (9).

Sasha was adopted from an orphanage in Russia, and Dick says as far as he knows, she has never had a real dad.

So Sunday (Fathers Day) has always held special significance for her.

“It took her a while to learn our English,” added Dick. “She’s pretty good now, and she just loves animals.”

Bruce grew up in the Gerald Dick family of Munich, who were part of Dick’s Seed Farms in that community.

He says his grandpa and uncle started the business in 1961, the same year he was born.

Bruce played basketball for legendary Munich coach Jack DeMaine, and helped coach freshman players under him.

He went to a bible school and seminary to become a minister, and later came home to farm for 12 years.

In 1997, he put in his last crop as a farmer and decided to look for a church to serve. The calling to God never really left him, he said.

Bethel Free was open and he and his family have been there ever since.

“The farm boy feeling is still in me, but that doesn’t mean I’d ever leave the church,” Dick said with a smile.

“I’m very happy and content where I’m at. It’s a challenge and it deepens you, but I defininitely know where I’m supposed to be.”

Dick says he’ll turn 50 this summer, a relatively “late bloomer” in his business.

But his family remains the love of his life and he thinks Sunday will be special.

Sometimes he preaches the merits of Fathers Day on that special day, but he may leave that until later in July this summer.

He firmly believes fathers are the key to homes, and they should “lovingly lead” the family.

Dick plans to institute a “Family worship” aspect to his church on a daily or weekly basis.

And he’s anxious for children to reap the benefits of it.

“Whether it’s on a daily or weekly basis, it’s important for children to see their fathers as a model, and I plan to point that out in July,” added Dick.

Dick added that it’s extremly rewarding to have four children in his family.

The diversification and  the different interests among them can make for a fantastic blend of personalities.

He says he loves his wife, children, God and that love is returned twofold among them.

“We all love each other in different ways. We have a very normal, loving family,” he said with a smile.