1937 - 2011 

goerzfpOn Monday, September 26, 2011 at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Dr. Dick Goerz, son, husband, father, grandpa, community builder, gentleman and man of faith passed away surrounded by his family. 

Dick Goerz was the oldest of seven children of Jacob and Katie Goerz. During his early childhood years the family was affected by revolution and war, moving several times in searching of a safe home. Dick was born in Curitiba, Brazil and from there the family moved to Germany, later Poland, finally arriving in Canada in 1948. The Goerz family settled in LaRiviere, MB and shortly thereafter bought a farm at Snowflake, MB. With hard work came success and the opportunity for Dick to continue his education at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry. While studying there, he met Emily Warkentin. They married in 1962 and moved to Morden, MB. They were blessed with two children; son, David and daughter, Caroline. Dick was a devoted family man and provider. He loved his career and was passionate in his practice of dentistry for 48 years. His life was defined by a God-given joy for living and sincere respect for those around him. He was an avid promoter of the Morden community and involved himself in many church and town activities. 

The past two years, Dick spent many hours enjoying time with his grandchildren. Winter stays in Palm Springs with friends were enjoyed.  Fishing and golf were two of Dick’s passions.  He was very proud of Minnewasta Golf Club and was a driving force behind its development over the years. The family wishes to thank the medical teams at Cancer Care Manitoba and Boundary Trails Health Centre with special thanks to Dr. Bob Menzies and Dr. Leanne Nause for their care along Dick's journey. 

He is survived by his wife, Emily, daughter, Caroline, son, David and wife, Helena and grandchildren, Stephen, Danielle, and Kristopher. Also mourning his passing are his mother, Katie Goerz and six siblings and their spouses; Bill and Helga Guenter, Harry and Dolores Goerz, Eckhard and Joyce Goerz, John and Ingrid Friesen, Len and Anne Janzen and Paul and Heidi Goerz. Dick was predeceased by his father, Jacob. 

Viewing will be on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Wiebe Funeral Chapel 1050 Thornhill St. in Morden. Funeral service will be held on Friday, September 30, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Westside Community Church, 831 Thornhill St. in Morden. Interment to follow at Chapel Cemetery. 

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Dick’s memory to either the Tabor Home Fund (New Building) 230 9th St. South, Morden, MB, R6M 1Y3 or to Inner City Youth Alive, 418 Aberdeen Avenue, Winnipeg, R2W 1V7.


“I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the course,

I have kept the faith.”

2 Timothy 4:7 (NASB)



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