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Born: Feb 16, 1935

Date of Passing: Dec 30, 2020

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A beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather forever remembered with love.
After a short struggle with vascular dementia, God called Willie to his forever heavenly home. He passed peacefully at Meadowood Manor on December 30, 2020.
Willie leaves a loving family to cherish many precious memories .... his loving wife Grace; daughter Debrah (Manfred) of Nicaea, Turkey; son Darrell (Kim) of Washington State; 15 grandkids and four great-grandkids; sister Ruth; sister Helen and Eric; sister Sylvia and Ace; brother Murray and (Kim); many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Willie was born in Minitonas, Manitoba, on February 16, 1935. He farmed in the Minitonas/Bowsman area until his marriage to Grace at which time he transitioned to farming in the Oakbank area. Willie was a man of few words but loved to be with people. He rarely missed a morning having coffee at the coffee shop with his farmer friends when his health still permitted him to do so. Willie loved to sing and I'm sure he's singing his heart out with the heavenly choirs. He directed and sang in many choirs in the churches he attended over the years. In recent years, he loved to sing for the Sunday services at Meadowood. As I (Grace) worked in children's ministry, he so faithfully supported me and helped in every way he could.
A recording of the service to celebrate his life will be available online at Seasons Funeral Chapel after January 14. Burial will be at Sunnyside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Chaplaincy Ministry at Meadowood Manor through their website or through eTransfer
Our family thanks the staff at Meadowood Manor from the bottom of our hearts…your caring hearts and the care you gave Willie was outstanding. We couldn't have asked for more.
Family and are friends are invited to leave condolences and share memories by visiting Willie's memorial page at

It is comforting to know that the God who
guides us sees tomorrow more clearly than
we see yesterday. - Author Unknown

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 09, 2021

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