Jacob I. Derksen

October 3, 1940 - April 7, 2015


Jake Derksen sqJake Derksen passed away peacefully at Boundary Trails Health Centre at the age of 74.  He is survived by his loving wife, Alvina (nee Dueck), his children, Murray (wife, Jackie, daughters, Jessie and Bailey), Randy (wife, Cori, children, Kierra and Lane) and Jocelyn (husband, Grant Wiebe, children, Hannah and Seth).  He was predeceased by his parents, one sister in infancy and several brothers-in-law.

Jake was born on October 3, 1940 to Isaac & Katharina Derksen of Reinfeld.  He married Alvina (nee Dueck) on June 21, 1964.  They were able to celebrate 50 years of marriage this past June.  They were blessed with three children, Murray (wife Jackie, daughters Jessie and Bailey), Randy (wife Cori, children Kierra and Lane), and Jocelyn (husband Grant Wiebe, children Hannah and Seth). 

Jake grew up in the village of Reinfeld in an active family of 11 children. He was the third oldest in the family.  According to his siblings, he was involved in plenty of mischief!  

Jake’s first job was delivering milk for the Winkler Creamery.  He then worked for Federal Grain and later Manitoba Pool as a grain elevator manager in Rosenfeld. In 1979, the family moved to Winkler where Jake managed the Centennial Supply Store. Through his work he developed many lifelong friendships with his co-workers and customers. He retired from Centennial at the age of 66.  Retirement didn’t mean that he stopped working, he just changed jobs.  He started working for Elias Trucking dispatching and working in the office where he worked part-time until March 30, 2015. 

In addition to work he had many other interests.  He especially loved farming and had an opportunity to farm his own land in his later years.  This was a dream come true.  He also loved fishing and hunting and had the opportunity to share many great experiences with his friends and family.  He was a gifted wood carver, an avid reader and enjoyed going out for coffee.  In addition to his own interests and hobbies he was willing to help Alvina with her passion for gardening.

Jake was a man of strong faith and character, with a quiet and gentle disposition. He was a good listener and took time to teach us many things.  He was a dedicated, patient, loyal and loving husband, father and papa.  He truly loved his family.  He was proud of each member in their own individual way.  He cared about each person in his life and showed his love, even in his final hours while continuing to be patient and gentle.  He made a special effort to greet each visitor individually and with a smile.

There are so many things that we are going to miss about our dad including the twinkle in his eye and his sense of humor.

Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. at the Bergthaler Mennonite Church 262 6th St. in Winkler with interment prior at 1:00 p.m. at Westridge Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Jake’s memory to the Manitoba Lung Association. Thank you to the Boundary Trails Health Centre staff for their care and to all the friends and family for their visits, thoughts and prayers.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements,


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