Abram (Abe) Derksen

1928 - 2009

derksen Abe SQ.jpgOn Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at Salem Home in Winkler, MB, Abe Derksen aged 80 years was released from this life and called to his eternal rest. 

Before Dad was born, his parents along with his older siblings, emigrated from Russia to Mexico.  Their ship arrived at Vera Cruz, Mexico and they lived near Mexico City for the next 10 months.  From there the decision was made to move to Canada and they arrived in Manitoba by train on November 9, 1926.  Dad was the first of the children to be born in Canada.

Dad attended school in Schanzenfeld and Neuenberg but his formal education ended at age 14, at which time he began working out as a farm hand.   As a young adult, Dad was baptized in the Winkler Bergthaler Church and he remained a member there for the rest of his life attending as long as his health and mobility allowed.

Dad’s automotive career began in the early 1950s when he went to work for Elias Motors in Winkler, and after that for Kroeker Motors, the local GM dealer.  It was during these years that he met and fell in love with a young lady, Elizabeth Hamm, from Kronsgart.  Mom and Dad were married on June 25, 1952.  Their marriage was blessed with four sons, and one daughter who died in infancy. 

Dad endured back problems for many years and underwent surgery first in 1957 and then again in 1979.  On March 28, 1990 Dad suffered a serious stroke.  With great determination he persevered through rehab, returned home after about 3 months and was able to live there until he experienced another stroke on April 9, 2004.  Dad was admitted to hospital that day and remained there until he moved to Salem Home in December of that year.

Dad will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife, Elizabeth (nee Hamm) of Winkler; 4 sons, Alvin and Martha, Dennis and Debbie, Ron and Kris, Bob and Heather and 9 grandchildren.  He is survived by 4 sisters, Margaret Loewen of Altona, Mary and Isaac Goertzen, Anne and John Goertzen, Nettie and Menno Janzen all of Winkler;  2 brothers, Frank and Kae of Kelowna, B.C., John and MaryAnne of Winkler and 2 sisters-in-law, Susan (Jake) Derksen and Tina (Peter) Derksen, both of Winkler.

Dad was predeceased by one daughter in infancy, his parents, 2 sisters, Helena Driedger, Tina Driedger and 5 brothers, Isaac, George, Henry, Peter, and Jake.

Funeral service was held on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at 2:30 p.m. at Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church and interment followed at Westridge Memorial Gardens, Winkler.

We as a family would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Salem Home for their compassionate care of Dad, to Wiebe Funeral Home, Pastors John Wiebe and David Friesen, to all those who helped with this service and to family and friends for the kindness, concern, and caring shown to us.  As children, we also want to express our deep thanks and appreciation to Mom for lovingly caring for Dad, for always standing with him and showing us what commitment is.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Abe’s memory to Salem Foundation Inc. 165 15th St. Winkler, MB R6W 1T8.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.

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