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Born: Feb 26, 1935

Date of Passing: Mar 08, 2023

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of William Theodore Kozub on March 8, 2023, at age 88. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elma, and children: Charisse (Morris) Dwayne (Marion) Grant (Sheryl). eight dear grandchildren, Jennifer (Garrett) Johnson; Tyler (Cassie) Stadnek; Tara (Brian) Barkman; Regan (Kirstin) Kozub; Terrance (Crystal) Kozub; Lauren (David) Egesz; Drew (Allie) Kozub; Carly (Chad) Mitchell. 20 great-grandchildren: Gabrielle, Austin, Alysse; Rebecca, Samantha, Dalton; Ty, Brock, Luca; William, Alexandria, Colton, Kyle, Ainsley; Maja, Abigail; Inga; Porter; Casimir, Thorin. Brothers, Jerald (Shirley) Ronald (Lorraine) Reg (Karen) sister-in-law Joan, and brother-in-law Wes Wilson. He was predeceased by his parents Ted and Anne, brother Wilfred, twin infant siblings, Eileen, and Larry. Elma's parents and brother in laws, Richard, and Hugh.
William was born February 26, 1935, the eldest of five brothers. William and Elma met in 1955, set up on a blind date by close friends. They were married November 26 of that same year. William's first jobs were freighting up north and then road construction. He and Elma ran a cow-calf operation for many years, working together in partnership to build a life and raise a family. William spent decades working in construction, primarily as a grader operator. He was known as the "grader operator who always wore a cowboy hat." He loved being an operator. He worked for many different outfits through the years, operating until his 80th year. He was a dedicated worker and possessed a quick wit!
In later years, William and Elma enjoyed travelling and spent many happy years in Mission, Texas, where they enjoyed the fellowship of friends, old and new, music and dancing. Shuffleboard competitions were especially memorable!
William's dedication to his family is reflected in the lives of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. William's storytelling, sense of humour, Kozub smile, and larger-than-life personality will be deeply missed.
We will celebrate his life this summer with a gathering at Hnausa Cemetery for an internment and spend the day exchanging "Papa" stories. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favourite cause or charity.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 11, 2023

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Sorry for the loss of William to your family, especially to you, Elma, and to your brother, Wes Wilson. So glad your lives were enriched and blessed by him. Can recall William's warm-heartedness whenever he and you, Elma, visited with my Dad, Philip, and Mom, Sophie. - Posted by: Emily Orzech (Friend ) on: Mar 21, 2023

  • Elma and family, so sorry to hear of William's passing. We have such fond memories of William. Clif so enjoyed their chats, and his humour. Our condolences, Linda, Tyler and Kelsey. - Posted by: Linda Evans (Friend) on: Mar 16, 2023

  • Elma & Family, So sorry to hear of William's passing. Our deepest condolences to all of the family. Cherish the good memories. - Posted by: Gordon & Valerie Klym & Family (Friends) on: Mar 15, 2023

  • Please accept our sincere condolences to all the family. Geraldine (Erickson) & Keith Selkirk - Posted by: Geraldine Selkirk (Family friend ) on: Mar 12, 2023

  • Iā€™m so sorry to hear this news. My condolences to you and all the family. - Posted by: Lenore (Neighbour ) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • So sorry for your loss. Big Hugs to all. - Posted by: Karen Ciemny (Friend ) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • Our heartfelt condolences to Elma, Grant and Sheryl, and the extended family. A great man full of fun and so pleasant. Our Prayers are with you. Blessings! - Posted by: John and Maxine Ingalls (Friends ) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • Roy and I would like to send all the family especially to you Elma, our sincere condolences. We sure enjoyed our shared love of music and gardening . Roy and William sure shared their love for cowboy hats, fancy belt buckles and bolo ties. He will be remembered šŸŽ¶šŸŽ¶šŸŒ»šŸŒ» - Posted by: Roy and Carol Gudmundson (Friends) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • My sincere condolences to all of William's family on his passing. I have many memories of William and his joking style. He was a lovely man with a great wit and will be fondly missed. - Posted by: Laurie Barker (Wilson) (Elma's cousin) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • Condolences to Lauren and Dave and Families from camping buddies the Linklater Families. - Posted by: RUSS LINKLATER (Friend of family) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • Always enjoyed our annual business tax preparation meetings where his good cheer, skillful and witty repartee and funny life anecdotes made our associations a pleasant event. Bill exemplified the old school traditions of a firm handshake and giving his word as his bond in our business dealings. He and Elma made a fine couple and we are thankful to have known them both. A life's work well done. - Posted by: Kris and Colleen Baldwin (Business accountant and friend) on: Mar 11, 2023

  • Iā€™m so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace at this difficult time. - Posted by: Darlene Dzogan (Friend ) on: Mar 11, 2023

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