He was born in Coaldale, Alta., on Oct. 17,1927, one year after his parents, Jacob P. Dueck and Susanna Dyck, arrived as refugees from Orenburg, Russia. Dueck met his future wife, Helen Redekop, while they were studying in Winnipeg and they were married in 1954. In 1960, witii three young children, Karen, Robert and Suzanne, the Duecks answered a call to mission work and headed for Brazil. They worked under the auspices of the Mennonite Brethren Conference, working with German-speaking Mennonites. In those years, children William and Louise were born.