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YURCHUK: Michael Yurchuk, November 21, 1930 – February 24, 2009. Michael Yurchuk passed away peacefully at home on February 24, 2009. Mike was born on the family farm near Arran, Saskatchewan in Nov. 1930. Mike moved to the Comox Valley in 1965 and worked as a mechanic for the Ford and Nissan dealerships until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, Val Pearson and his daughter, Linda Yurchuk of Kelowna. Many thanks to Dr.’s Silcox and Swanson, Assent physiotherapy and the many home support workers who helped Mike over the past few years. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Mike’s life will be held at his home on Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. A donation in Mike’s memory may be made to the local Humanes Society. Arrangements in care of Piercy’s Funeral Home, 250-334-4464.
2009-02-27 issue of the Brandon Sun

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McCRAE: Scotty McRae of Pierson, passed away at the Gainsborough Health Centre, Gainsborough, Saskatchewan on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the age of 79. A service to celebrate Scotty's life will be held at the Melita Presbyterian Church on Monday, March 2, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Barb Alston will officiate with interment to follow at the Pierson Cemetery. Scotty was predeceased by his parents Caven and Margaret (Gillander) McRae; brothers: David and Billy and brother-in-law Murray Lee. He is survived by his wife Margaret of Pierson; 4 children: Jill (Chad) Hicks and children Hayley and Afton all of Killarney, Murray (Tinia) and Madison all of Courtenay, BC., Todd (Patricia) and children Caven and Alexandra all of Portage and Dori (Norman) Caza and children Shane and Cody all of East Selkirk; sister Doreen Lee of Reston; brother Caven (Bud) and (Willa Delle) of Phoenix; two sisters-in-law June (Mike) Kunka of Deloraine and Erma McRae of Watrous, Saskatchewan; also numerous nieces and nephews. Donations may be given to the Alzheimer’s Society Unit 10 Mezzanine 120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4G2 or to the Melita Presbyterian Church, Box 959, Melita, Manitoba, R0M 1L0. Arrangements are in care of Redpath Funeral Home Melita 522-3361.
To send condolences or special memories to the family, please visit: www.redpathfuneralhome.com
2009-02-27 issue of the Brandon Sun

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FEADER: Harvey Charles passed away peacefully in Killarney’s Tri-Lake Health Centre, on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at the age of 93, with family at his side. He had lived a long, full life and was ready to rest. Harvey was born on May 23, 1915 to Annie and William Feader of Fleming, Saskatchewan. Two years later he became a protective big brother when Carmen arrived. William died of influenza in 1918. Six years later Annie married Leslie Osborne who had four children of his own, sons Lloyd and Gordon, daughters Jeanice and Phyllis. Harvey was the last surviving member of this blended family. Left to mourn his passing are his two children with first wife Dorothy Leslie, as well as their families; son Leslie (Donna) of Winnipeg and daughter Margaret (Barry) Brown of Saskatoon, grandson Ryan, great-grandson Braydon and granddaughter Leah (Daulton) Gordon, great granddaughters Jada and Kaya. Harvey is also survived by his second wife, the former Audrey Vandenberghe, and their two daughters Connie of Glenboro and Lindsay (Jason) Maurice of Killarney, grandsons Owen and Aidan. Sister-in-law Mary Osborne and numerous other relatives are also touched by his passing. Harvey had many memories of his early days on the family farm including the beginning of a lifelong love for hockey. You don’t know what dedication is unless you’re a little boy skating on the backyard family rink in size 10 skates stuffed with socks, or until you’ve perfected your slapshot by firing frozen horse turds at the barn door! The best way to describe Harvey’s working life was entrepreneurial. He owned and operated many businesses ranging from selling coal to building a garage to running various restaurants. When he finally retired from the work force, he was head custodian at Killarney Collegiate. Most people however will remember him simply as “Harv”, the owner of Harvey’s Drive-Inn down by the lake. His smile, friendliness and classic lines such as, “Lovely day!”, “Here come the three musty steers”, and “You’re a gentleman and a scholar and a fine judge of black horses” endeared him to many. Harvey served on various organizations in Killarney over the years including a long time association with the Killarney Shamrocks. He was a faithful member of the United Church congregation, going to church early to stake out his regular second seat from the back. What kind of a man was Harvey? Generous, helpful and kind to all. He enjoyed his morning scripture reading, apple cider vinegar(!), the color red (because he couldn’t tell the difference between green and blue), raisin pie, a dish of fruit, taking his three “granddogs” for walks, Friday evening phone chats with Les, afternoon siestas, sitting outside watching the garden grew and a glass of wine before supper. “What no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, not the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love Him -” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Rest well, Harvey, Dad, Grandpa, and Greatgrandpa.We’ll miss you, “Professor”.
Memorial Reception will be held Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 2:00 p.m., at the Legion Hall Killarney, Manitoba. Killarney and Boissevain Funeral Homes entrusted with the arrangements.
2009-02-27 issue of the Brandon Sun

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BOLAN: Maurice Lawrence “Larry” Born in Brandon Manitoba, September 12th 1939. Passed peacefully surrounded by his families and loved ones. Saturday, February 21, 2009, in Maple Ridge B.C. He was pre-deceased by his mother and father and two brothers. He is survived by his wife Geri, three children, Cindy (Jim), Toby (Kimberly) and Darren and three step children, Shaughn (Rob), Michelle (Todd) and Nathan (Shannon) and 11 grandchildren. He will be lovingly remembered by his niece Gail (Len) and nephew Mark (Slavica) and families, his brother in law Nigel(Bobbie) and sister-in-law Georgina (Ron). Larry moved to the west coast to be near his children and so began a long career with Speedy Auto Glass, where he worked until his retirement. Larry loved golf and could always make time for a round with his friends or family. Life threw a few curve balls Larry’s way but he never lost his sense of humor. He always put others first and never liked to be the centre of attention. He was always the gentleman. Larry’s struggle with lung cancer was handled with dignity and humor. To Toby who stayed with Larry at the hospital, thankyou. To Michelle who allowed me to care for Larry, thankyou. To Dr Fernandes and to the staff on 2 West thankyou for your honesty, care and compassion. A small private remembrance will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice is appreciated.“An Irishman is never drunk as long as he can hold on to one blade of grass and not fall off the face of the earth.”
2009-02-27 issue of the Brandon Sun

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HEINRICHS: Howard (Howie) Grant Heinrichs, April 3, 1962 – February 22, 2009. With great sadness we announce Howie’s passing at Onanole, Manitoba. Born and raised in Morris, Manitoba. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at University of Manitoba. He enjoyed his career in the agriculture industry with Monsanto, Agrium and Agrico. Howie was able to fulfill his passion for the outdoors (golfing, snowmobiling) by living in the Clear Lake area. He was predeceased by his father Harry Heinrichs July 25, 1998. He leaves to mourn his life- partner Denise Schmidt and her daughter Ashley-Anne, mother Susan Heinrichs, brother Brian (Sally), and sisters Pat (George) Dunn, Debbie (George) Sabourin, and Denise’s family, along with numerous nieces, nephews and special friends. The funeral service will be held at the Morris United Church in Morris on Saturday, February 28, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at Onanole Community Recreation Centre in Onanole at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. Donations can be made in Howie's memory to the Onanole Community Recreation Centre, c/o Onanole District Recreation Corporation, Box 131, Onanole, Manitoba, R0J 1N0; or to the Trust Account for Baby Schmidt-Heinrichs, payable to Agassiz Credit Union - In Trust For Denise Schmidt, Box 730, Morris, Manitoba, R0G 1K0. Arrangements in the care of Morris Funeral Home, Morris, Manitoba.
2009-02-26 issue of the Brandon Sun

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McEWING: Mrs. Irene McEwing of Valleyview Care Centre in Brandon, passed away at the Brandon Regional Health Centre on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at the age of 80 years. Irene is survived by her son Frank Piercy, sisters Hazel, May, Ellen and brothers Oliver and Earl. At the request of the family, a funeral service will not be held in Brandon. Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.LOGO
2009-02-25 issue of the Brandon Sun

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WELLS: (nee Cruise) Janette Doris Wells passed away peacefully Friday, February 13, 2009 with her family by her side. She was predeceased by her precious daughter Georgia Lee in June of 1960, her brother Robert ( Tobe), neice Judith Ortloff and by her mother and father, Bill and Olive Cruise of Dauphin Manitoba. She was born in Dauphin on January 18, 1929, the third of four children. She grew up on the family farm and had many happy stories to tell of time spent with her sisters and mother - doing chores, picking berries and just having fun with one another. She attended school in Dauphin and later moved to Winnipeg where she attended Angus Business College to receive her training as a stenographer. It was in Dauphin that she married Ed Wells on May 10, 1952. Together they had three children, Georgia in 1953, Clint in 1956 both born in Dauphin and Kim in 1958, born in Hartney. They moved to Hartney in 1958 where they had purchased the B.A. Garage. A business they would own until 1966. She always had a “head for numbers” and loved to learn , so despite a full time job and a busy family life she completed her CGA by studying correspondence courses and traveling to Brandon, to attend night courses at the university. She could often be seen - sitting at the kitchen table after midnight with her head down deep in concentration. We, as her family, were very proud of her achievement as we knew how much it meant to her. She was employed by the Hartney Co-op for many years as their accountant.. She also worked for Meyers Norris Penny in Souris for two years before returning once again to the Hartney Co-op as General Manager. She was very active in both church and community activities. She was a past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and held many other offices. She was the Secretary Treasurer for the United Church on two occasions, also served on the Board of Stewards, a Junior Choir leader, C.G.I.T. leader, Sunday School teacher , member of the Rebecca lodge, the Hartney Curling Club, Hartney Golf Club and most recently at the age of eighty - a joyful member of the newly formed Hartney Community Choir. She was blessed with 5 grandchildren, Tara, Melissa, Jillian, Cole and Jessica. They meant the world to her and she loved them so very much. “Granny” was an avid reader herself and would willingly ready story after story to them when they were at her house. Sometimes - the same book, over and over. She loved to watch them participate in their sports events, music and drama festivals, school activities, 4-H or whatever they happened to be involved in. She was supportive of everything thing they “dreamed up” that they should do and encouraged them in all of their hopes and dreams. She was truly grateful to have been able to share so much of their lives. She couldn’t have been more proud of the young adults that they have grown up to be. She was lucky to have spent time with her new great grandchildren Saydee and Mayson and was “tickled” to look at the many many pictures that Tara and Melissa would email so that they could watch them grow. She loved her daughter-in-law Tannis and son-in-law George, always careful “not to interfere” but always there for them in her own quiet way. Ed was truly her best friend. Throughout their 57 years of marriage they shared many great times together. Family holidays were enjoyed at the cabin at Dauphin Beach where they shared good times with family members and old friends. You seldom saw her without Ed as they enjoyed so many of the same things. She loved to just go “for a drive” exploring back roads and new countryside, maybe while on their way to the horse races or out to discover a new golf course that they hadn’t tried yet. She loved to play golf , and her trusty four wood has seen many fairways. She curled for many years - well into her seventies - and together they traveled to many Briers. She could easily spend a day watching curling or golf on TV - or away to a rink or ball diamond to watch the local teams play. She could pass the day away reading a book, doing crosswords or working on a jigsaw puzzle. She loved music, listening to and singing with the church. community and gospel choirs. She truly just preferred the simple things in life and did not like anyone making a fuss over her. We are so thankful that we were able to celebrate her eightieth birthday with her – for we know that she had a great day. She had a quiet and faithful relationship with God and so with her passing we are comforted by the knowledge that she has been reunited with those that have gone before her whom she loved so well. Her memory will live on in the hearts of her husband of 57 years, Ed of Hartney Manitoba, her son Clint (Tannis) of Deloraine, their children Tara (Cory), Melissa (Shawn) all of Bentley Alta, and her great grandchildren, Saydee, Braydon, Brittney, Austin and Mayson. Her daughter Kim (George), of Lauder, Manitoba, their children Jillian, Cole and Jessica Turner. Her sister Margaret (Earl) Ortloff of Edmonton Alta, and sister Ev (Don) Cooper of Calgary, Alberta. Sister in law Doreen (Robert) Cruise of Dauphin, Manitoba, and their families. Cremation has taken place and she was laid to rest in the Hartney Riverside Cemetery. Funeral services were held at the Hartney United Church on February 18, 2009.
2009-02-25 issue of the Brandon Sun

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EASTMAN: Everett Lewis, 83 years, beloved husband of the late Joan Eastman, died in the Hartney Community Health Centre on February 20, 2009. Funeral service will be held at Hartney United Church, Hartney, Manitoba on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Riverside Cemetery. In memory of Everett, donations may be made to Hartney United Church.
Expression of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net.
2009-02-25 issue of the Brandon Sun

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LOUCKS: Caroline Marguerite Loucks (nee Hebert ). Surrounded by love and with family by her side, Caroline Marguerite Loucks passed away on Friday morning, February 20th, 2009 at the age of 80 years. She was predeceased by her husband Russell Loucks, parents Margaret and John Hebert, baby sister Mary and brothers Matt, Michael and Louis Hebert. Left to cherish and treasure her memory is her son Andrew Loucks of Portage la Prairie, daughters Susan (James) Durston of Dauphin, Janey Loucks- McIvor of Calgary, and Bridget (Mike) Blair of Brandon, grandchildren Stephen (Stephanie), Stuart, Scott and Danielle Durston, Michael Jacob, Amelia, Mary-Louise and Nellie McIvor, Matt (Tammy), Braiden Blair and one great grand-daughter Maddie-Lynn Blair of Brandon; brothers Conrad (Eileen) Hebert of Saskatoon, Tom (Ellen) Hebert of Nipigon, Ontario, Victor (Darlene) Hebert of Winnipeg, sisters Bridget (Bill) Bradshaw of Courtney, B.C., Jane Hebert of Portage and Moira Measor of Portage, sisters in law Nettie Hebert of Winnipeg, Marilyn Hebert of Surrey, B.C., Margaret Hebert of Coquitlam, B.C., and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Caroline entered this world amidst a blizzard on the morning of January 2nd, 1929, the fifth eldest of a family of eleven children. Primary school years were spent at Victoria School. Caroline then took up residency and finished her schooling at St. Michael's Academy in Brandon, Manitoba. After graduating, Caroline took her nurses training at MDC in Portage la Prairie. Caroline met and fell in love with Russell Loucks of Delta, Manitoba. They were married on November 4th, 1950. Through the years of 1953–1961, Caroline and Russell chose their four children, Andrew, Susan, Jane and Bridget to complete their family. Caroline and Russell also welcomed into their family several foster children throughout their early married years. In addition to raising children, cooking for hired hands, baking bread, knitting fish mitts and darning socks, Caroline would also sit by Russell's side cork, and leading fish nets. Between milking cows and scraping muskrat hides she would still find time to make her knitted crafts for the church bazaars. Caroline loved knitting, gardening, reading, collecting and making dolls, crossword puzzles and a stimulating conversation. She called a spade a spade, was stubborn when she needed to be and was loved and respected by all who were welcomed into her home. Caroline had a great sense of humor and an extraordinary memory. The family would like to acknowledge the doctors, nurses and support staff of the Portage District General Hospital, and neighbors and friends, for their care, respect and understanding during Caroline's last days with us. Thank you and may God bless. Prayers led by Deacon Bill Parrack will be on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 7:30 pm at McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel. Funeral Mass will take place at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Thursday morning, February 26, 2009 at 11:00 am with Celebrant Father Eric Giddins. Interment will follow at the family plot at the Hillside Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy, if friends so wish, donations may be made in Caroline's memory to Child and Family Services of Central Manitoba Inc., 25- 3rd St. S.E., Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 1N1.A tree will be planted in memory and cared for by McKenzies Portage Funeral Chapel.www.mckenziesportagefuneralchapel.com 204-857-4021.
2009-02-25 issue of the Brandon Sun

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JACOBSON: Kristine Lynne Jacobson, beloved wife of Skip, of Minnedosa, Manitoba passed away on February 22, 2009 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre at the age of 58 years. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Minnedosa Community Conference Centre, Minnedosa, Manitoba. Interment will take place at the Minnedosa Cemetery. Donations may be made to Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Minnedosa Funeral Service, Minnedosa, Manitoba in care of arrangements (204) 867-3868.
2009-02-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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BURKHOLDER: Harold Warren Burkholder, born on September 18, 1923 in Belleville, Ontario, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer in Parksville, B.C. February 2, 2009. Dad was a man of honor, integrity and humor, who led a life well lived. He left school at the age of 16 to enlist in the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment (Hasty-P’s) and was part of Operation Husky that saw action in Sicily and mainland Italy during WWII. After returning from overseas, he finished his schooling and became a member of the RCMP stationed in Fort Smith and Spence Bay NWT, before serving as a Dog Master in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Manitoba and British Columbia until his retirement from the force in 1967. He was part of a contingent of retired RCMP officers who helped train members of the Tanzanian Police Force in Africa in the early 1970’s. Dad went on to become a Provincial Court Magistrate working in Russell and Killarney, Manitoba until his full retirement in 1984. During his retirement he transcribed the Hasty-P’s Regimental Diary into a 630 page book that he presented to the Hastings and Prince Edward’s Regimental Headquarters in Belleville, Ontario. Dad was a man of simple pleasures. He was content spending his days working in the garden, reading a good book, doing a crossword puzzle, playing cards, fishing, his annual drive through Ontario to see the fall leaves in full color, and keeping in touch with friends from coast to coast. His sense of humor was always present especially in letters and poetic verse written to family and friends. To his children, he instilled a strong work ethic, a love of the outdoors, the importance of helping out someone in need, the importance of family, the love of good books and the love of the music Ella, Frank and Oscar. Above all else, his family was Dad’s biggest pride and joy. He was happiest when we were all together playing cards, talking, sharing a meal and laughing. Harold was predeceased by his parents (Gordon and Maude) his brother Merv and his wife of 47 years Marg. He will forever remain in the hearts of his wife June, his children Kris (Murray), Gordon (Jan), Joe (Kim) and Laura (Harry), his sisters Olie (Bob) and Doreen and his brother Ted (Bev), his sister-in-law Millie, his Grandchildren Sean (Ingrid) Michael, Casey, Jill, Kelly and Brady, his nieces and nephews, his great-granddaughter Malena and his many good friends.
2009-02-24 issue of the Brandon Sun

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WILLIAMSON: James Albert, 86 years, beloved husband of the late Florence Williamson, Father of Gail Williamson and Glen (Barb) Williamson, Grandfather of Chris, Alex and Jordan died in the Souris Health Centre on Friday, February 20, 2009. Funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, Souris, Manitoba on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Souris & Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Albert, donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or the Orthopedic Foundation.
Expression of sympathy may be made at dkowalchuk@mts.net.
2009-02-23 issue of the Brandon Sun

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DALZELL: Passed away at the Baldur Personal Care Home on Friday, February 20, 2009 at the age of 92 years, Gordon Alfred Dalzell of Baldur Manitoba. Gordon leaves to mourn his passing his five children Darleen Foster of Baldur, Jim (Georgina) Dalzell of Pickle Lake, Ontario, Bill (Linda) Warrener of Baldur, Ron (Bev) Dalzell of Pilot Mound, Judy (Ernie) LaFreniere of Thompson, 15 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. He is also survived by his sisters Irene Ward of Winnipeg, Mabel Dowd of Glenboro, Alice Bolack of Carberry as well as numerous extended relatives and friends. Gordon was predeceased by his wife Violet in 2001. A Celebration of Gordon’s life will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Baldur Memorial Hall with Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in the Baldur Cemetery. Friends that so desire, memoriams may be made in Gordon’s memory to the Baldur & Area Endowment Fund, Box 40, Baldur Manitoba R0K 0B0.
On line condolences can be made to jamiesonfuneralser@mts.net.
Jamieson’s Funeral Services of Baldur-Glenboro in care of arrangements. 1-204-827-2480
2009-02-23 issue of the Brandon Sun

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ZAPUCHLAK: Gladys (Jensen) April 21st, 1930 – February 9th, 2009. There is a sacredness in tears. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable loss. Gladys’ children announce the passing of their loving and courageous mother, at age 78, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, following a brief illness. She will be forever and deeply missed by daughter Bonnie Dee, and sons Tommy and Michael. Also mourning her passing are her granddaughter Robyn Dee Court, great-grandson (her Darling Boy), Jacob Court, and numerous special nieces and nephews in Manitoba. Mom’s entire life was built around her family, children & grandchildren. We will miss her love and thoughtfulness and her gentle spirit that was, many times, concealed by her sassy tongue and independent nature. She had a special place in her heart for all children and animals. Mom was predeceased in 1986 by her husband and the love of her life, Tom. We take comfort that they are together once again. She was also predeceased by her parents, Ruby and K.P. Jensen and brothers Bob and Glenn Jensen. At mom’s request, there will be no funeral service, and cremation has taken place. Donations may be made in mom’s honour to the S.P.C.A. or Firefighter’s Burn Treatment Society.Condolences to the family @ www.evergreenmemorial.com
2009-02-21 issue of the Brandon Sun

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WILLIAMS: Ivan Alfred With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our husband, father, papa, grandpa, great-grandpa and friend, Ivan Alfred Williams in his 85th year. He passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at West-Man Nursing Home in Virden, Manitoba. Ivan was the loving husband of Leola (Studer) and father of his five children Keith, Joyce, Valerie, Debra and Terry. Ivan was born in Springvale District on June 10, 1924 to Norman and Elizabelle (Cheaters) Williams. He was the second child born in the family. He had an older sister Norma and two younger sisters Irene and Hazel. In 1935, tragedy struck the young family when their mother passed away suddenly. Ivan would have been 11 at the time. Ivan and Norma were forced to grow up a bit quicker to help with the younger sisters and the farming. In 1939, Ivan’s father remarried Ida (Wardle) and then Lloyd and Eleanor were born into the family. Ivan took his schooling at Springvale and continued to help his dad with the farming. On April 12, 1944, Ivan married the love of his life, Leola, (Studer), who had moved into the area with her family in 1937 from Eastend, Saskatchewan. They were married in St. Paul’s United Church in Virden. The newlyweds honeymooned in Winnipeg and upon their return to the Springvale District they rented and farmed the E1/2 11w-10-28, later buying it and then it became home to their family. Ivan was the third generation to farm in the district. Besides doing his own farming Ivan had a JD-H tractor and did custom work for other farmers as well. He also worked in Virden putting Massey Ferguson machinery together. Ivan and Leola spent one winter living in Virden and one in Winnipeg where he worked as an electrician. In 1952, the oil moved to the district and Ivan bought a truck and hauled oil and water. The first rig to move into the area was Commonwealth Oil and Ivan pulled it in with a small caterpillar. Hydro came to the area also in 1952 and Ivan worked as an electrician with his former neighbour and together they wired most of the farms in the area. In 1953 Ivan went up north to buy lumber from a sawmill to build a new house. The family was able to move into the house in 1956 when it was completed. Ivan replaced all the old buildings on the farm and then we purchased a herd of Hereford cows and a barn full of feeder pigs. This farm became later known as Flying W Ranch. Ivan’s biggest dream from his boyhood til now was to learn how to fly. In 1958 this dream became a reality when Ivan took his training at Virden Airport and became the pilot he had always dreamed of being. Ivan enjoyed flying so much that he started crop dusting with a PA-12. As his love of crop dusting grew, Ivan bought a few larger planes and started his own aerial spraying business called Williams Spraying Service. In 1962 Ivan and Leola joined the Manitoba Flying Farmers affiliated with International Flying Farmers and went on many flying tours and conventions throughout Canada, USA and Mexico. Ivan enjoyed many fishing, hunting and camping trips. They travelled on many trips to B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. They went on a trip to the Copper Canyon where the truck and trailer were put on a flatbed of a train. Around 1970, Ivan and Leola started driving a truck and trailer down south for the month of February but as their children grew and one by one left home and no more nanny was needed they started spending the winters – their last trip being in 2005. They also had a lakefront lot at Pyotts’ West Campground where they spent as much time as possible. They loved when family and friends came to visit. It was set up so they could fly in with the float plane (Ivan’s Baby) which he was able to taxi right up in front of his trailer and tie down for the weekend. This supercub was Ivan’s pride and joy! In 1998 Ivan and Leola retired to Virden from the farm. They moved a house in and kept busy doing yard work. In November 2006, deteriorating health for both Ivan and Leola necessitated a move to the West-Man Nursing Home where they were lucky to be able to be in the same room together till Ivan’s passing. Ivan left us all with many great memories. He was a gruff tough man with a real teddy bear heart inside. He lived life to its fullest and enjoyed spending time with family and friends especially over a good shot of rum. Papa, your memory will live on in all of us! Ivan was predeceased by his father Norman; mother Elizabelle; stepmother Ida; sister Irene; brothers- in-law Larry, Fred, Frank, Melbourne and Duane and sister-in-law Elvira. Left to mourn Ivan’s passing are his wife Leola (three months short of being married 65 years); sons Keith (Lois), Terry (Susan) daughters Joyce (Dave) Derksen, Valerie (Garry) Walker, Debra (Dennis) Smith, his grandchildren Colleen (Wayne), Aaron (Mary), Jason (Darlene), Angela (Allen), Trish (Rocky), Chad (Tisha), Shawna (Dwight), Michelle (Jason), Danielle, Denisha, Carmelle, Natasha and Teikon; his great-grandchildren Shane, Amonie, Devon, Brock, Ashley, Bethany, Olivia, Isaac, Amber, Brittany, Kaidryan, Hali, Tadyn and Dylan. Also by his sisters Norma, Hazel (Harry), Eleanor, brother Lloyd, (Carole), sister-in-law Betty, Eileen, Violet (Giles), Thelma (Wylie), Shirley (Ray) and brother-in-law Henry (Alice) as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives, friends and neighbours including the residents and staff at the West-Man Nursing Home. The ceremony to celebrate Ivan’s life was held on Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Church in Virden, Manitoba, with Rev. Jan Van Aertselaer officiating. Soloist was Lynda Lyng accompanied by Gladys Carefoot on piano. Other songs played were “He Was A Good Man”, “Angels Among Us” and “You Can Let Go”. Active pallbearers were his nephews Dennis Tough, Barry Tough, Garth Nixon, Kevin Williams, Darel Kilford and family friend Kent Mathieson. Ushers were Ivan’s friends John Liefso and Peter Dillon. A private family interment followed at Virden Cemetery. A tea and luncheon was held immediately after at the Virden Legion Hall served by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary. A movie “In Memory of Papa” was shown for everyone to enjoy. If friends so desire, donations in memory of Ivan may be made to Manitoba Flying Farmers, Box 718, Virden, Manitoba, R0M 2C0 or to a charity of your choice.
You can remember me only that I am gone orYou can cherish my memory and let it live on.
2009-02-21 issue of the Brandon Sun

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