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ANDY GOERTZEN

Born: Aug 20, 1953

Date of Passing: Sep 20, 2021

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ANDY GOERTZEN

On Monday, September 20, 2021, after a brief fight with cancer, Andy Goertzen passed away, in the presence of his wife of 46 years, Debbi (nee Trick).
Andy is survived by his wife Debbi; son Karl; daughter Kiersten, son-in-law Brad and grandchildren, Jessie, Hailey and Colt; his father Ben; five siblings and their families; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and untold number of friends. He was predeceased by his mother Margaret.
Andy was born in Saskatoon on August 20, 1953 and met Debbi in September of 1974 in Stonewall. They were married in June 1975 and Karl and Kiersten arrived in 1987 and 1992.
Andy was a man of great musical talent, honour and integrity as a business man, and was well known for his kind heart and famous smile.
Viewing will take place at New Life Church in Stonewall on Friday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. Private family internment will take place on Saturday, October 2, followed by the Celebration of Life at New Life Church at 3:00 p.m. Please be aware that Covid Restrictions will be in place.
In recognition of Andy's love of music and his incredible talent, the service will be followed by a BYO-supper and jam session in the church parking lot.

Ken Loehmer Funeral Services
in charge of arrangements.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2021

Condolences & Memories (34 entries)

  • I am so very sorry to learn of Andy's passing; and thinking of you, Debbie and family at this difficult time. I offer my prayers and sincere condolences. I remember Andy well, sitting near the front of the church, where his music and his smile were as much a part of the worship experience. His love of God, and warmth with people was very evident. May he rest in Peace. - Posted by: Vernie Price (Past fellow church member.(Headingley)) on: Oct 13, 2021

  • So sorry to hear about Andy. A true friend and dedicated family man. And a wonderful musician. We will miss you! Rest in peace my friend. From all of us. Prairie Crocus and the boys from Matlock. - Posted by: Bernie Twardowski (Friend) on: Oct 12, 2021

  • My heart goes out to you Debbie, to your children & all your family!!! Andy is an amazing man of God. Who loved his family with all his heart♥️... and loved others as he God loved... the love of God flowed out of his inner most being. It reminds me of a song on your family album... “Drinking at the Springs of Living Water! Happy now am I, my soul is satisfied... wonderful & bountiful supply!!!” Andy truly lived it, always a smile full of God’s wonderful & bountiful supply!!! Our family & yours have been life-long friends♥️ My first memory is going to the Goertzen family farm. Andy & Wesley taking my family horseback riding & then the family singing in the livingroom. I also remember attending your wedding. My dad played lead guitar for the Faith Gospelaires for your wedding♥️ Such good memories ♥️ Music always brought us together over the years. Andy played Hawaiian Guitar (& regular guitar) with Wesley on bass for me many, many times over the years. We played gospel music together at so many places ... Morden Corn & Apple festival, Churches, Seniors Blocks, & Rodeos sharing the Love of Jesus. Andy & Debbie were always so encouraging to me♥️ Andy will be so missed here... but Heaven is rejoicing🙌♥️♥️♥️ - Posted by: Debbie Keller (Friend) on: Oct 10, 2021

  • There are some people you wish could go on forever and Andy was one of them. Just reading these memories is proof of that. His interests were so varied and he made friends wherever he went. People were drawn to his good natured personality. He could walk into a room and soon everyone was laughing. That's what we'll remember most - laughing with Andy. He left us too soon and the world is a sadder place. Our condolences to Debbi, Karl and Kiersten and Andy's father, Ben. Ted and Rae. - Posted by: Ted Monkman and Rae Reid (Friends) on: Oct 10, 2021

  • Sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. My condolences to his family. It is a great loss for his family and for everyone that knew Andy. I worked with Andy for some 16 years at Air Canada Most of the time side by side. You could not get a better co-worker. His smile, his laugh, his good nature and talent, his Olfa knife and scissors in a sheath on his belt. He once said to me when I had my hair long, as he pulled his scissors out, do you want a hair cut? I’m glad it wasn’t his knife! But he probably would have given me a fine haircut. When I hear steel guitar music I will always be thinking of Andy. He will be missed. God Bless you Andy - Posted by: Greg Andrews (Friend and worked together at Air Canada) on: Oct 08, 2021

  • We are so sorry to hear of Andy's passing. It was an honour to know him with his always ready smile. Joan Waterer passes along her condolences as well Debbie. - Posted by: Lenore & Doug Oakford (Friend) on: Oct 06, 2021

  • Our sincere condolences to the Goertzen family. Anyone who had the opportunity to play with Andy knows what a talented musician he was to perform with, and what an amazing person he was to be around! He will be missed and never forgotten!!! - Posted by: Don & Cathy Horbas (Fellow Musician and Band Mate) on: Oct 03, 2021

  • My condolences to Bebbi Karl Kiersten and all the Goertzen Family. I'm saddened by Andy's passing. I have many great memories that are etched in my mind. Loved to hear him play the steel guitar, his sense of humour, his friendly smile. I will see him again! - Posted by: Carl Dyck (Friend) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • Dad and our whole family always looked forward to visits at the farm from our cousin Debbi and Andy. Andy was such a nice man, always smiling and getting the party started with his guitar. He will be missed and remembered always. - Posted by: Leanne Nyirfa (Debbi's cousin) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • On behalf of my husband Earl and I, I want to extend our heartfelt sympathy to Debbie and your family, and to his Dad, Ben, and the rest of the family in hearing of Andy's passing. We first got to know Andy when we played in a mixed slow pitch league many years back. Andy was a keen player and from all that has been said of him, it would seem that's how he was about life. We bought one of our first horses via Andy, and he also helped us with another one of horses, as among his other talents, and as previously mentioned, he was an avid horseman. But what we will remember most about Andy, is his ever ready, friendly demeanour - always with that great smile. He never failed to stop and talk with you whenever we would meet, asking us how we were and just chatting about things in general. You just knew that he had a sincere interest in people. The world is a sadder place without him. May all your precious memories keep him forever close. - Posted by: Pat Winn (friends) on: Oct 02, 2021

  • Debbi, Anne and I are so sorry to hear about Andy's passing. Due to geography, we did not get to know him well, but always had interesting conversations at family meetings, typically at The Rock. Take care, and we hope to see you when we're next in the 'Peg. - Posted by: Jim and Anne Trick (Cousin) on: Oct 01, 2021

  • Condolences to the Goertzen Family - Posted by: Gerry & Marietta Mushumanski (Friend) on: Sep 30, 2021

  • Andy was one of the nicest people I've ever met. Whenever I saw him, he always had a ready smile and kind word. Our deepest condolences, Debbi and family. - Posted by: Tom and Alma Waldner (Friends) on: Sep 30, 2021

  • Our very deepest condolences on your loss of Andy. Your words are so true, kindest heart and biggest smile ever. Such a sweet and talented spirit. I share with you fond memories of having the opportunity to sing with Andy playing, and his talent was truly a blessing. Loving thoughts and prayers to his family truly. - Posted by: Tara Richardson (Friend ) on: Sep 30, 2021

  • We look back with wonderful memories of Debbi and Andy as a couple. Andy was a kind, quiet and loving man. His family meant the world to him. He helped our daughter get her horsemanship badge for Girl Guides one Saturday. I was also privileged to share in their birth of their daughter, Kiersten. Our friendship goes back many, many years through our church but we will always remember Andy in a special way. We will praying for you Debbi as well as Karl and Kiersten in the months ahead. - Posted by: Karen and Dennis Davidson (Friends) on: Sep 26, 2021

  • We are so very sorry for your loss of Andy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the family and Andy's friends. He will be greatly missed by many. - Posted by: Kim & Del Phillips (Friends) on: Sep 26, 2021

  • My deepest sympathy to Debbi and the kids. To say Andy was a special man is an understatement. I know he touched countless people including me and my girls. Debbi, I know you are surrounded by love and I hope you can feel mine too. Andy made a difference and we are all better for having known him. Marlene - Posted by: Marlene Hall (Lev) (Friend) on: Sep 26, 2021

  • Mr. ~ Herr ~ Monsieur Andrew G. >>> Dear // cher Andy.... NO doubt your Saint-Laurent (and area) Heavenly friends... Christophe on guitar // Emile on fiddle // Joe on harmonica // Francois on accordian // Louis on drums etc... Will want to start up a '' Let's-Party-For-Eternity '' band (Country // Western - Gospel - Classic Rock etc)... Just a Heads-Up, Sir!!! See you soon, le bon et gentil voisin of PTH # 415... ps // nb : When your Angel of a Mom tells you to turn it down a bit ??? Better listen... She and the GM (GOD all Mighty) are pretty close !!! <c{-: lpf. - Posted by: Luc Paul Fontaine (PTH # 415 neighbour // 1960-70s...) on: Sep 26, 2021

  • We were always proud and honoured to call Andy a friend. Such a kind hearted and gentle soul. It didn’t matter if your interaction was with work or play, Andy always had that big smile for you. You always knew that Andy appreciated you as much as you appreciated him. I will always have fond memories of our Rink Rat hockey adventures from a long time ago. Fun times...Rest in peace in God's kingdom! - Posted by: Debbie and John Perreault (Friend) on: Sep 26, 2021

  • Song on utube; I love you because you understand, dear Every single thing I try to do You're always there to lend a helping hand, dear I love you most of all because you're you No matter what the world may say about me I know your love will always see me through I love you for the way you never doubt me But most of all I love you 'cause you're you I love you because my heart is lighter Every time I'm walking by your side I love you because the future's brighter The door to happiness, you open wide No matter what the world may say about me I know your love will always see me through I love you for a hundred thousand reasons But most of all I love you 'cause you're you - Posted by: Harry (Brother in Christ) on: Sep 26, 2021

  • Shocked is to say what Kathy n' I both felt when we heard of Andy's passing. Debbi.... stay strong. We knew Andy from Garden Park Church and he along with Debbi .....were an absolute great couple to be around. We're so sorry for your loss Debbi.... I'd just recently tried to get in touch with Andy and was waiting for his reply. I'd just recently seen him perform on Utube and so wanted to tell him how much this old song meant to me and how deeply it reconnected with his strong ability to "make Music"....and what a loss of such a good person ! Debbi.... take good care and when you come out to Vancouver .... please come and visit. Harry n' Kathy and the girls. - Posted by: Harry Roller (Friend and brother in Christ) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • We were so sorry to hear of Andy's passing. He was a member of our band "The Dreamcatcher's" for the last 4 years and was always there no matter what. We will miss his sweet steel sounds and friendship every time we get together to play. Our condolences to the Goertzen family. John and Gail - Posted by: John and Gail - The Dreamcatcher's Band (Friends) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Andy was a very friendly and kind man. - Posted by: David and Irene Armishaw (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • We shared the same “sandbox”. Andy and I …. Loved him to bits as well as Debbi and family; our sincere sympathy to you Debbi and your family!!! ♥️♥️ - Posted by: Rose couprie (Friend ) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • It was with great sadness that I learned of Andy’s untimely death My condolences to the family I remember Andy as a student of mine in grade five I met him again a few years ago and found out he was a musician I can say that both as a student and as a man when I met him again Andy had been one of the nicest people I have ever met RIP - Posted by: Paul Chartrand (Friend ) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Lots of wonderful memories of both you and Andy..it’s been many moons since our younger yrs. We love you both. Never forgotten, Rest In Peace Andy❤️ - Posted by: Karen and mark davidson (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Andy was an amazing man and was so kind and caring, when he smiled he brightened up the room and always made you feel wonderful, he was a encourager. We have known Andy and Deb for many years not just as great friends but musically as well. Both Andy and Deb stood up for us in our wedding. Sometimes Paul would work with Andy in Andy's Flooring business. We have such wonderful memories Andy, I miss our texting almost daily, we miss you beyond words. Love Paul and Darleen Brauen - Posted by: Paul and Darleen Brauen (Friends) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Ernie and I will miss this very special man more than anyone knows. We and the Trailriders Band are ever so grateful for all our wonderful times together. He will be greatly missed. Rest in peace special friend. Our condolences to Andy’s family - Posted by: Ernie Benedictson & Eva Neal (Friend/Band member) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • I am so sad to hear of Andy's passing. Andy and I worked together many years ago at Rockwood Lumber in Teulon. He was always smiling and so positive, never did I hear a negative word come out of Andy's mouth. I was grateful that FB was a way to be able to stay connected, even just to say hello. My sincere condolences to the entire family on the loss of this very special man. - Posted by: Lenore Chartrand (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Andy's presence and music at dances were a gift to all of us, and he will be sorely missed when we head out on the dance floor. Our deepest sympathy to all of you who were a part of his life. Sincerely, Glenn and Davilyn - Posted by: Glenn Waterman and Davilyn Eyolfosn (Friends) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to the Goertzen family. It was with sadness and shock that I learned of Andy's passing, but reassuring that he is now in a better place bringing his kindness, smile, and musical talent with the angels. May you rest in peace my friend! - Posted by: Norbert Langelier (School mate and childhood friend) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Andy was a special friend and played in my Band "LTD EDITION" as a Steel Guitar Player in the early 90's.A very good Musician as well as an exceptional Man!Man when he played that Steel I thought I was Buck Owens himself.Sure going to miss him as he was a good Man and tremendous all around Player.Sleep well my FRIEND:( - Posted by: RICHARD(RICK)BOUX (Musician friend:) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Sincere sympathy to the Goertzen family. - Posted by: Glen and Margie Worth (Coworker) on: Sep 25, 2021

  • Andy was a great musician and friend, we grew up and went to school together in St. Laurent. Our condolences to Debbie & the family. May God give you strength. 🙏 - Posted by: Edwin & Margaret Wiebe (Friends ) on: Sep 25, 2021

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