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Born: Jun 16, 1914
Date of Passing: Sep 11, 1999Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
JAMES WALLACE McKENZIE Wally McKenzies family wish to give thanks for the life of their beloved husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa who passed into Gods care September 11, 1999 at Russell & District Health Centre. Wally was born June 16, 1914, at Plenty, SK, where he completed high school and married Hilda Rose Pritchard August 5, 1939. Wally enlisted in the R.C.A.F. in 1941 and received an honourable discharge for compassionate reasons when his father died in 1945. Wally and Hilda, along with two young daughters, moved to the village of Inglis, MB, in 1946 where he was employed by Reliance Grain Co. as a grain buyer. The birth of a son completed their family. The McKenzies purchased a general store and worked together in the retail grocery business for 30 years. In 1966 Wally was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Roblin and proudly served his constituents for 20 years under five premiers, retiring in 1986. His long record of community service earned him a wide circle of friends. Wally spent many years both playing and coaching baseball and hockey. He taught Sunday School, conducted the Inglis United Church choir and sang with the Barbershoppers of Langenburg, SK. His love of music was evident in the various dance bands that he played for in the Russell area. He more recently continued to entertain with his double bass violin at the personal care homes in Roblin and Russell. He treasured time spent with family at the cottage on Madge Lake, Duck Mt. Provincial Park where he enjoyed a swim and a game of golf. He was a member of the Masonic Russell Lodge for 49 years, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion a well as Lions International from which he received an award for humanitarian service. Wally was also an honourary life member of both the provincial and federal Progressive Conservative parties while believing in total respect for all mankind. A Masonic Memorial Service was held the evening of September 14 at Braendle-Bruce Funeral Chapel, Russell, MB. Rev. Ruth Lumax of Knox United Church officiated at the funeral held in Bethany Lutheran Church, Inglis, September 15. Family member and friend, Donna Franklin, delivered the eulogy. The Russell United Church choir was accompanied by organist, Nellene Leifer. Melissa Klassen contributed a very beautiful solo and family were piped from the church by piper, Chris Milne, with four grandsons and two nephews acting as pallbearers. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved Hilda, wife of 60 years as well as three children, Pat (Mel) Graves of Grandview, Judy Ransom of Boissevain, and Glen (June) McKenzie of Swan River, MB; nine grandchildren, Elan (David) Cameron, Darren (Kenzie) Graves, Dana (Diana) Graves, Jeff (Joan) Ransom, Brett Ransom, Daniel Ransom, Christine Ransom, Brooke McKenzie and Pamela McKenzie; five great-grandchildren, Drayson, Kinley, Alexander, Hilary and Talia. Also surviving are three sisters, Hazel (Bill) Dougall, Saskatoon, SK, Marlene (Jim) McMillan and Maxine (Doug) Woods of Plenty, SK and numerous nieces and nephews. Interment followed at Asessippi Cemetery with the Royal Canadian Legion officiating. Braendle-Bruce Funeral Services of Russell very kindly handled all the arrangements. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Inglis Area Heritage Committee Inc. or charity of ones choice.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 06, 1999
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