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MICHAEL (MIKE) OKUN

Born: Jul 19, 1931

Date of Passing: Apr 29, 2020

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MICHAEL (MIKE) OKUN
July 19, 1931 - April 29, 2020

Peacefully on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at Victoria General Hospital, with his daughter Theresa at his side, Mike passed at the age of 88. Moments before, he was listening to his favourite song "You Are My Sunshine" on an audio recording sung by his granddaughter Sheila while playing her ukulele. The previous day, his loving wife Mary and children, Janet, Russell and Theresa were fortunate to be by his side and speak with him.
Mike was born in Ethelbert, MB and grew up on his parents' farm in Mink Creek. Before he got married he worked in a mine in Ontario and then at Canada Packers in Winnipeg where he retired. Mike and Mary raised their family in Winnipeg and built a family cottage at Davidson Lake which their family thoroughly enjoy. He shared his love of the great outdoors: hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, ATVing, and of course blueberry picking with his family and friends. He always enjoyed a good game of cribbage. He was an excellent card player and shared his card skills with his grandchildren.
Mike is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Mary (nee Kozarchuk); his children, their spouses, and his six grandchildren: Janet (Steve) (Wayne and Austin) Goddard, Russell (Denise) (Jennifer and David) Okun and Theresa (Bruce) (Kevin and Sheila) Mogg. He is also survived by his sisters, Anne (late Peter) Zuk, Alexandra "Sandy" (late Everette) Rowlette, Iris (Jim) Baily, and brother John (Jean) Okun. Memories of Mike will continue to be shared by his cherished relatives and friends.
Mike was predeceased by his father Nicholas Okun (1973), his mother Anastatia (nee Hlady) (1983), brother William "Bill" (Pauline) Okun (2013), brother Morris (Adell) Okun (2013), and sister Nadia (Claude) Hebert (2013).
Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Flo at Palliative Care and Dr. Dodds at 4 North along with the many nurses and staff for their care and compassion given at Victoria General Hospital.
In keeping with Mike's wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or Parkinson Society of Manitoba.

Condolences can be expressed at www.voyagefuneralhomes.com

"Always Loved - Always Remembered
- Rest in Peace"

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 09, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I would like to offer Mary and her family my deepest sympathies on your loss. I have fond memories of Mike when growing up in Windsor Park. He was such a kind and friendly person. May God bless you. - Posted by: Denis Gagne (Neighbour) on: May 19, 2020

  • Mary and family: Take comfort in the warm memories stored within your heart. May they help lessen your sorrow and may it comfort you to know others are saddened by the loss of your husband, father, grandfather. - Posted by: Romeo & Isabelle Choquette (Neighbours) on: May 12, 2020

  • I met Mike in 1952 in Winnipeg, and along with our wives, we started a lifelong friendship. We spent many summers fishing in Dauphin River and Pinawa, and winters ice fishing on George Lake. Margaret and I took a weekend trip with Mike and Mary to Las Vegas. It was our first time in a casino, and were taken back by the city lights. The city never sleeps, and neither did we! These are shared times, shared memories, and shared joys that keep a loved one close. Okun family, we wish you strength for today and comfort in the days ahead, knowing how much Mike meant to so many. We hope it helps you to know that others are with you in thought and sympathy. Love, Harry Obedzinski and family - Posted by: Harry Obedzinski (Family friend) on: May 10, 2020

  • So saddened to hear of Mike's passing. He will be missed around Davidson Lake. -Heather Schaub- - Posted by: Heather-Lynn Schaub (Davidson Lake neighbour) on: May 09, 2020

  • Condolences to Mike's family at this difficult time. Sincerely Bill Fiwchuk - Posted by: Bill Fiwchuk (Worked with Mike at Canada Packers) on: May 09, 2020

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