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Date of Passing: Sep 13, 1999

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JACOB (JAKE) DOERKSEN It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing at the St. Boniface Hospital of Jacob Doerksen on Monday, September 13, 1999. Jacob will be greatly missed by his wife Lillian and his sons and their families, Gordon and Trudy of Minnedosa, children, Jenny, Amy, Patrick and Katie; Randy of Cobblehill, BC; Alan and Lynda of Winnipeg, child Joel; Doug and Cindy of Ajax, ON, children, Jordan and Kelsey and stepchildren, Laura and Brandon; and James of Pickering, ON, children, Riley and Connor. Also surviving Jake are his siblings, Ike (Lille), Peter, John (Margaret), Dave, Nettie, Elsie, Harry (Evelyn) and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and his uncle Jake. Jake was predeceased by his parents, John and Aganetha, brother Abe and grandson Jason. Jake was born on July 17, 1923 on section 28-1-1 East Halbstadt P.O. MB. Jake will be remembered as a hard worker, first as a young boy on the family farm and then at the age of 14 when he left home to work as a labourer on other farms. After Jakes marriage to Lillian in 1947 he worked at Manitoba Telephone and Arctic Ice in Winnipeg. In 1951, Jake joined the Winnipeg Fire Department and he continued to hold down several other jobs on the side; delivering groceries, painting houses and carpentry. He was definitely a "Jake" of all trades. He retired as Captain from the Fire Department in 1986 after 35 years of service. After his retirement Jake and Lill enjoyed many winters in Arizona dancing and making music: Jake singing and playing guitar, Lillian on the keyboard. About a year ago Jake and some cousins frequently got together to make music. Jake was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play a variety of sports. He coached baseball. In his youth he played hockey for the Altona John Deeres and played baseball. Jake was always willing to lend a helping hand to family and friends. He also loved to talk. He said "If they give me five minutes theyre stuck with me for an hour talking". Funeral service will take place on Friday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Churchill Park United Church, 525 Beresford Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jakes memory to the Firefighters Burn Fund Inc., 202-666 St. James St., Winnipeg, R3G 3J6. The Doerksen family wishes to thank the staff at the St. Boniface Hospital for their very special care. NEIL BARDAL INC. 949-2200

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 16, 1999

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