Edward John Doerksen (1947-1996)

Edward John Doerksen
Edward John Doerksen

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Edward, husband, father and papa on June 8, 1996 at the age of 48.

He was born and raised in the Steinbach area, where he spent the early years of his life working on the family farm. Ed move to Winnipeg in 1966 and it was here where he met his future wife Brenda. They married on June 8, 1968. During their 28 years of marriage they raised two sons and one daughter. Ed worked at K-Tel International for 22 years. He spent the last seven years at Bristol Aero Space. Edward served on the executive of Ralph Brown Rec. Centre for five years and also played on the Ralph Brown Old-timers Hockey team for 16 years. He enjoyed spending free time at the cabin with his family and friends.

“You may not be here in person, but we know and feel you around us at all times and we’ll always miss you. Thank you for all the wonderful memories you gave us.”

Love, Brenda, Edward Jr., Daryl, Karen and Donavin.

He was predeceased by his father Peter Doerksen; and by his father-in-law Walter Nelson. Edward is survived by his beloved family, his wife of 28 years Brenda; sons Edward Jr. and Daryl; daughter Karen (Murray) Sul, his grandson Donavin John Sul, all of Winnipeg; his mother Violet Doerksen of Steinbach; two brothers Peter (Rose) Doerksen of Winnipeg, Henry (Naomi) Doerksen of Steinbach; his sisters Marilyn (friend Lawrence Smale) of Glenella, Beverly (Mel) Dueck of Swan River and Elaine (Reg) Peters of Steinbach;  his mother-in-law Emily Nelson; brothers and sister-in-law, Leslie Nelson, Walter (Susan) Nelson and Valerie Nelson, all of Winnipeg; nieces and nephews Bonnie, Raymond, Shauna, Matthew, Brian, Melanie, Caleb, George, Cheryl and Thomas.

With respect to Ed’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 12 at 1:00 pm from Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Ave. with Mr. Peter Kehler officiating. Interment will follow in Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Children’s Hospital of Winnipeg Research Foundation Inc., 117-685 William Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0Z2

The family would like to express a special thank you to Bill and Florence Lepp, A.J. Hupka and Murray Olassen, also thanks to the Pinewa Ambulance attendants and the doctors and nursing staff of the Pinewa Hospital Emergency Department for their immediate assistance.

To My Dear Papa,

I may not understand what it means when I’m told you’re in Heaven, but I do know you’re not here to talk to or play with. I’ll miss our walks to the park and our endless play periods in the basement. Although we didn’t have much time together, I’ll never forget the three wonderful years we did have. You were not only my papa, you were my best friend. I’ll miss you very much, Papa, and I’ll always be thinking about you.

Love, your little guy,

Donavin XOXO

Edward John Doerksen - Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Winnipeg, MB
Edward John Doerksen – Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Winnipeg, MB


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