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DIRK GILBERT (DICK) MULDER
Born: Apr 09, 1923
Date of Passing: Jun 15, 2019Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
DIRK GILBERT (DICK) MULDER
April 9, 1923 - June 15, 2019
Dick is survived by his two children: son Don and daughter Brenda (Barry); seven grandchildren, Derek (Vanessa), Chris (Monika), David (Jynelle), Amanda (Paul), Nicole (Jeremy), Kyle (Amanda) and Crystal; four great-grandchildren; and his special friend, Marilyn Page.
He is also survived by three siblings: brother George and sisters, Areen and Nellie Allen, along with numerous nephews and nieces and many friends.
Dick was predeceased by his wife, Val, in 1999, his son Barry (Sandy) in 2008, and his brother Everett in 2013.
Dick was born on April 9, 1923 in Zeist, in the Netherlands to Gerrit (George) Mulder and Dirksje (Daisy) Bezemer. He grew up in East St. Paul and lived there most of his life.
Dick married Velma (Val) Lydia Stople on December 19, 1947, and they were happily married for over 50 years. They enjoyed travelling and enjoyed many visits to different countries. In 1968, they bought a cottage at Falcon Lake and enjoyed many weekends playing cards, boating, fishing, golfing, gardening, and entertaining friends. They spent many winters vacationing in Palm Springs, California.
Dick worked in market gardening in East St. Paul, eventually expanding into Portage la Prairie with his brother, Everett, and then into Carberry with Steve Kaminski and then Tony Adriaansen. Later, he and Everett expanded into heavy construction with the start-up of Mulder Bros. Ltd., and they continued to grow the company until its sale to BACM and Genstar in 1970.
In 1979 he re-entered the construction business and built Mulder Construction and Materials into a successful company until its sale in 2010.
As well, Dick spent many years involved in land development including subdivisions such as Riverdale, River Grove and Whidbey Harbour, as well as in Stonewall. He enjoyed piloting his own plane for many years.
Away from work, he spent many years serving on both the East St. Paul school boards and municipal councils. As well, he served terms as president of both the local chapter of the American Public Works Association, as well as Manitoba Heavy Construction.
He served on the boards of the Vegetable Growers Association of Manitoba, the Manitoba Vegetable Producers Marketing Board, Gardeners Sales and the Manitoba Vegetable Marketing Commission.
He ran unsuccessfully in the 1962 Provincial election for the PC party.
He has been a member of John Black United Church for well over 50 years. He was also a long-time member with the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Elmhurst Golf and Country Club, the Wellness Institute, and Western Canada Roadbuilders. He was also involved in the initial development of the Asessippi Ski Area and Resort.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main St., West St. Paul.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the John Black Foundation or a charity of your choice in Dick's name.
Family and friends may sign a Book of Condolence at www.glenedenmemorial.ca
Glen Eden Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 19, 2019
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dick Mulder. My Father, Len Rebeck, worked half of his adult life for Dick and Everett in the road construction industry. I also spent many summers flagging and operating the packer under my Dad’s supervision. I recall many times seeing Dick pull up in his Cadillac to see how things were running. I believe he had the utmost faith and respect for my Father as a Superintendent in the industry. When my Dad read the obituary and memories, he said “ I really believed he would live to be 100! “ I would say that Dick came pretty close to that number and had a wonderful life. RIP Dick Mulder - Posted by: Leonard, Lucille and Liana Rebeck (Employee/friend) on: Jun 24, 2019
The world has lost a legend of the construction industry. Over many years we have worked with, worked for, and competed with Dick. We have also socialized thru Manitoba Heavy Construction and friends. It was our pleasure and privilege to know Dick. He was a classic of the Manitoba construction industry and can never be replaced. We offer our condolences to his family. Sincerely, Calvin and Dianne - Posted by: Calvin and Dianne Moon (Business associate) on: Jun 22, 2019
I feel very blessed to have known Dick Mulder, a warm, caring & generous soul. He was a true friend who was always interested in what, or, how you were doing. He cared deeply for his friends & neighbors. I will miss he & Marilyn being next door & those many impromptu visits. - Posted by: Dorothy Gauer (Falcon Lake neighbors ) on: Jun 22, 2019
I worked for Dick for many years and had a lot of respect and loyalty for him! May he Rest In Peace! My condolences to the family. - Posted by: Lorna Armstrong (Employee ) on: Jun 21, 2019
Don, Brenda, the Entire Mulder Family and Marilyn – please know that our thoughts and hearts are with you now I have been blessed that Dick and your family have been a significant part of my life growing up whether through business or at Falcon Lake. For many who did not have this good fortune, and limited engagement with Dick, they may have seen him as hard to talk to dependent on the circumstances, yet there was another side of him or other side of the door as I called it that I grew to cherish. It was common knowledge that I was a handful growing up to say the least, and I found great delight in plopping myself over on the boy’s side of the room during Friday evening cocktail hour at our cottage where Dick and Dad would talk about business of the week, and Mom and Val would be in the kitchen talking about family. Sitting across from them, listening intently, asking a million questions, that would stall their discussion, under no circumstances was I surrendering my spot or staying quiet and prided myself on being “one of the boys” which I am positive was incredibly painful for him to participate in week over week. Yet it was one of my favorite times. It was during these discussions when I would watch him lean in and listen to the softer needs of everyone around him. Like sand for our beach, or the floating dock that made for countless memories for everyone who grew up in Block 13 to enjoy. There was never a hesitation to use your property for our annual block party that would run until the sun almost rose, and he and Val were begging for the music to finally stop and they could finally sleep. Or the sliding of the keys to your boat for our family to use whenever we wanted. I must share that it did come with 15 minutes of Dick’s instructions on how to start it that included two taps from a pipe, and several crosses but it was available to us. I smile when I think back to the winter when Barry, Dick, Tim, Dad and I snowmobiled from your house on Henderson out to Falcon Lake. The Mom's followed in the car and it was an adventure to say the least. Open water in ditches, Tim flying above and across roads when they screamed "gun it" and he was still not even in Junior high. Or when I turned 21, and he pulled me aside a couple of weeks before as he knew I was having a party at the cottage. I stood looking at him in disbelief when he said "use our cottage for extra guests" and "use the boat" so everyone can have fun, and gave me a big hug, albeit I never did allow anyone to use either as I did not trust them with the offering he had made. However my most fond memory was 19 years ago, when I came home with Tony to meet my family and Dick and Marilyn were there as they were both integral parts of my life growing up. In typical Dick style, he pulled over my engagement ring with my arm attached and across Tony, and examined it like a jeweler to ensure that Tony had did me right with my ring, and asked pointed questions about the ring, what he did for a living and if he was successful. Tony looked back at me questioning who was this man.... Yet as soon as Tony explained he was a self-made man with his own Excavation company for many years, and the type of work he had performed, the bond was struck between them and the door was opened and the comfort and respect for each other was formed. This was the Dick I knew, who could be of few words, and sometimes unrattling to those who did not know him, yet for those who did, we simply smiled and embraced these moments as it was Dick at his purest. While a piece of my heart has been taken, the memories are mine and will remain with me forever as I was blessed with being on both sides of the door with Dick, and so incredibly thankful for the moments we had. Much love to the family and our hearts are with you Wendy and Tony - Posted by: Wendy and Tony Conant (Friends) on: Jun 20, 2019
My condolences to the family of Dick Mulder. I worked for Mulder Bros for 50 years and I have many many fond memories together from our adventures as pilots to traveling to conventions all over Canada and the US with regards to the construction business. Pave the way Dick....Dave Shepell - Posted by: Dave Shepell (Friend/Coworker) on: Jun 20, 2019
I didn't know Dick but I heard you Don talk fondly of him many times. May he be peaceful. - Posted by: Mike Silman (Friend) on: Jun 19, 2019
Dear Mulder family extending our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of your father Dick Mulder. Thank you for sharing this tribute of your father's accomplishments and all the lives he touched along the way in his service to other. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this sad and difficult time. Staff and friends at the Health Sciences Centre Foundation. 'My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.' Maya Angelou - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Jun 19, 2019
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