Daniel Rodger P. R. Barkman: Birth: 22 Apr 1945. Death: 30 Apr 1945
Sharon Rachel P. R. Barkman: Birth: 23 May 1955. Death: Bef 2016
Note: Peter R. Barkman: Peacefully, with family at his side, on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006 at 10:15 a.m., Peter R. Barkman breathed his last breath and went to be with Jesus. He died at the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach at the age of 90 after a brief battle with cancer. Peter is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Margaret, his three sons and five daughters, LeRoy (Marcella) of Steinbach, MB, Margaret Rose of Steinbach, Rebecca (Jim Wiebe) of Blumenort, MB, John (Janice) of Steinbach, Sharon (Garry Kornelsen) of Calgary, AB., Judy (Erwin Plett) of Steinbach, Delores (Murray Barkman) of Steinbach, and Dwayne (Candy) of Winnipeg, MB, 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Through second marriage he gained another five sons and three daughters, Harold (Karen) Dueck of London, ON, Alice (Jim Kabernick) of Chilliwack, BC, Abe (Vicki) Dueck of Buffalo, NY, Elfrieda Couch of Ingersol, ON, Len (Jan) Dueck of Abbotsford, BC, Ray (Robyn) Dueck of Surrey, BC, Anne (Robert deBruin) of Orangeville, ON, and Donnie (Theresa) Dueck of Alberta, 18 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Peter was predeceased by his first wife, Helen; their firstborn son Daniel in infancy; his mother Sara and father John G. Barkman; his sisters Marie (Mrs. Ben Doerksen); Nettie (Mrs. Jacob Doerksen); Sara (Mrs. Abe Kroeker); Helen (Mrs. Abe Kroeker); his brother Jake, and a number of sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Dad was born in the Clearspring, MB region in his parents' home on Aug. 27, 1916. At age nine, his family moved to Kansas, where his father became the teacher and pastor. After 12 years, they moved back to Canada to farm. He was married to Helen Reimer on Jan. 12, 1941 until she died on Feb. 18, 1995. On Aug. 31, 1996 he married Helen's very close sister, Margaret Dueck and had 10 wonderful years of married life again. Eight of these years, Dad and Mom lived in Abbotsford, BC, but we, dad's family were so glad they could move to Fernwood Place in Steinbach for the last 11 months of his life. Dad loved God's creation and made sure we paid attention to the beauty all around us as we drove. Dad loved driving and any excuse to go for a drive would get us out on another adventure, whether it was seeing an area that was flooded, chasing a hot air balloon or just seeing how the crops in the area were doing. Many of these rides would end up with an ice cream cone somewhere. Dad enjoyed many different occupations in his lifetime: bus driver, custodian of the Blumenort church, administrator of Rest Haven, cheese maker, bridge builder and farmer. We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Krahn, the hospital staff and many homecare workers for the care, concern and love they showed to both Dad and Mom during the last weeks of Dad's life here on earth. The funeral was held Monday, Nov. 6 at the Blumenort Evangelical Mennonite Church with interment at the church cemetery. Arrangements by: Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach and Winnipeg, MB, 1-888-454-1030 or 326-1030. (Carillon News: November 9, 2006)
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