Petkau, Darrel

Robert Darrel Petkau

April 4, 1954 – August 9, 2016


PetkauDarrelOn a calm prairie evening, our dear brother, fun-loving uncle, devoted friend and faithful servant of the Lord, Darrel Petkau, died after a two month stay at Boundary Trails Health Centre near Morden.

Darrel is survived and lovingly remembered by his two brothers, one sister and their families: Brian Petkau and his wife, Evelyn Rempel Petkau and children, Johanna and new husband, Jimmy Bang, Tamara and husband, Joel Kulik, Justin and wife, Sylwia Sieminska; Brent Petkau and his wife, Suzanne Dueck and children, Hannah and Xavi; and Arlene Petkau Petrie and sons, Graham and Duncan. Darrel had a special relationship with his nephews and nieces. They cherished each other.

Darrel was predeceased by his Mom, Betty in 2010, his Dad, David in 2014 and his brother-in-law, Bill Petrie in 2015.

Darrel was a true original. From an early age, he loved working with his hands. Darrel could make a spud bazooka, coal stove, horse trailer, mechanical bull and tiny hand-milled model steam engines—just for fun. He was interested in everything. That love of creating continued throughout Darrel’s entire life on the farm where he grew up, 10 miles west of Morden . “Petkau’s Leather” became a go-to place for anyone who needed custom chaps, bridles, harnesses, holsters and quivers. His original hand-tooled saddles, often with 2500 hours of work in them, were his prized creations for his customers. One of Darrel’s special gifts was his love of people and his ability to relate to each person he met. When anyone came onto his yard, time didn’t matter. A short stop in his tack shop could quickly turn into a five-hour visit, complete with a spin in muddy ditches with his customized VW dune buggy. Darrel’s courage, compassion and generosity were all shaped by his unwavering Christian faith and love of Scripture. As head wrangler, he shared his love of God and horses with countless campers at Camp Hebron in Pennsylvania and at church camps in Manitoba. Serving with Mennonite Disaster Service in West Virginia for six months meant he could meet people from all backgrounds and bring some of his joyful energy to them as he shared their hardships. We will all miss his exuberant laughter, his funny sayings, his crazy antics with his goats, and the magic he made with his trick horse, AJ, named after Alan Jackson, one of Darrel’s favourite country singers.

Funeral service at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Morden Mennonite Church 363 Gilmour St. with interment at Southside Cemetery.

Darrel’s family would like to thank all staff at Boundary Trails for their care and for the love they showed Darrel. It meant the world to him and to us. If friends so desire, donations will be gratefully accepted to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an organization close to Darrel’s heart.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

in care of arrangements,


#1 Cindy Lawrence 2016-08-12 10:44
Dear Arlene and family,

My deepest condolences on the loss of your brother and Uncle. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May the memories remain forever in your thoughts and hearts.

#2 Margo & Larry Friesen 2016-08-12 11:43
Our condolences to the family. But happy that Darrel's struggles are over and he is praising his Lord and Savior.
#3 Murray Hiebert 2016-08-12 16:09
I am so thankful for the energy Darrel poured into the church youth years ago and the relationship he built with a few of us guys. Great memories. My condolences to his extended family.
#4 Murray and Susan Seymour 2016-08-12 22:16
We are so sorry to hear about Darrel. Thoughts and prayers to the family!
#5 Elfrieda - Paetkau- Nickel 2016-08-13 10:02
Sometimes words seem so inadequate. Please know that I think of you often & pray that God will sustain you as you walk this road.
#6 Amanda Le Rougetel 2016-08-13 10:30
What a full life Darrel led. My sincere condolences to his large and loving family. May your memories of Darrel's fun-loving spirit sustain you during this time of sadness at his death.
#7 Henry & Mary Patkau 2016-08-13 22:54
We wish you the family members the comfort of the Lord at this time of mourning the passing of Darrel. We have been blessed
knowing him.
#8 Joanne Heppner 2016-08-14 11:19
Sincere sympathy in the passing of Darrel! Your words about Darrel is a beautiful tribute to the person he was!
Good memories of the Heppner kids playing with the Petkau kids!
Cherish the memories!
#9 Pam Larner 2016-08-15 10:54
Darrell and I were neighbours for 28 years. In that time, I saw his love for animals and for the people with whom he came into contact. He helped me out at various times during my tenure at Memory Lane Farm, a hop down the road from his place. Whether it involved carpentry, working with a difficult horse, repairing harness, or a chat when we chanced to meet, he was available. Thanks Darrell.
#10 Russ Thiessen 2016-08-15 11:47
I was fortunate enough to know Darrel and visit him time to time at his home. Our talks would always lead to Christ, and the importance of accepting him. He always wrote scripture down and put them in his pocket, so they would be over his heart. I know Darrel is where he wanted to be with Christ in eternity.
#11 Ross Quane 2016-09-01 04:26
To Brian and the entire the Petkau family, please accept my sincere condolences on Darrell's passing. He had a rich life and made many contributions in the interests of others. He will be will missed by many.

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