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EDWARD LEONARD (LEN) DOERKSEN
Born: Apr 05, 1936
Date of Passing: May 08, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
EDWARD LEONARD (LEN) DOERKSEN
April 5, 1936 - May 8, 2020
Memories of Len are cherished by his daughter Janelle Peterson (Brent), grandchildren, Lauren and Joel; son Craig Doerksen (Cathy), grandchildren, Jennifer and James. He is survived by two of his nine siblings, older brothers, Herman (Mae) and Tony Doerksen, and brother-in-law Barry McGhie, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In his teens, Len committed his life to Jesus. In 1955, he met his sweetheart Madelene Colburn in Calvary Temple choir. They were married in 1959 and continued their lifelong involvement in church ministry. He served as the volunteer Manitoba Director for World Vision in the 1970s and supported numerous other organizations.
He hit his sweet spot when he started his own business in 1975, Doerksen Medical Gas Systems, eventually serving hospitals coast to coast across Canada and the US.
Len was always there for his grandchildren, whether at special church events, school music concerts, baton, football and basketball games and birthday gatherings.
After 25 years they sold the business. Retirement living included the condo as home base while Mesa Arizona was the winter home and Manhattan Beach was their summer retreat.
While dementia began to show in Len's memory in 2015, it never touched or changed his care, compassion and love for people. He was able to know his family and his love for God. When visits led to Scripture reading, hymns or gospel songs, Len's mind was in alignment with the Spirit of God within him. Words to songs, meaningful scriptures and the ability to pray and praise the God he had known since his teens came without hesitation.
"...I will dwell in the house of the
Lord forever." Psalm 23:6
For those wishing to, they may donate in Len's memory to the Alzheimer Society.
This obituary and link to a video tribute can be found at greenacresfuneralhome.com.
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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 16, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
To my dear brother Leonard, also lovingly referred to in our school years as "Leansteak". I'm deeply saddened to hear of your recent passing. Even though we didn't see each other a lot in the later years, you were always in my thoughts. Leonard, you weren't just my little brother, you were my close friend and confidant. I miss you greatly but I know you are in the presence of the Lord and I will see you again one day when God calls me home. Until then, I will remember the wonderful times we shared together. Wishing your family God's perfect peace. With love, Tony Doerksen and family - Posted by: TONY DOERKSEN (BROTHER) on: May 21, 2020
One of the finest men I've had the pleasure to know, work with and learn from. We spent countless hours chatting while working and driving together through Manitoba and Saskatchewan. No topic off limits, we discussed challenges, successes, character and vision. He loved Madeline dearly and was ever proud of his kids. Always integrous, he set an excellent example and was committed to quality and furthering safety within the medical industry. The world was better with him in it and I look forward seeing him again on that Great Day. Warmest condolences to Janelle and Craig and your families. - Posted by: Richard Jones (Friend) on: May 18, 2020
May God be your comfort in this time of parting. We thank God for the promise of eternal life with Him. - Posted by: George & Ella Martens (Friend) on: May 16, 2020
Our sincere condolences to Craig and family on the loss of this good man. Thinking of you. Richard and Karen Howell - Posted by: Richard Howell (Work Colleague of Craig) on: May 16, 2020
Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful." Janelle, Craig and families may you be comforted at this sad time by the words of our Lord in John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." We are confident that Len and Madeline are now singing together before the Lord and one day we all will join them. Blessing of peace and joy! Cliff & Evelyn - Posted by: Cliff & Evelyn Morrissey (Greene Ave neighbours) on: May 16, 2020
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