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Arthur George Paetkau

1956 - 2017

We are saddened to announce the sudden passing of Arthur George Paetkau, age 60.

Arthur George Paetkau was born June 23, 1956 to Abram and Katherina Paetkau in Winkler, MB.  He was the youngest of six children and grew up in the village of Reinland, MB.  Art graduated from Garden Valley Collegiate in Winkler. He learned about agriculture as he farmed alongside his dad, and he continued to farm on and off throughout his life. Art learned to fly when he was 21 years old, this became a lifelong passion.  He attended crop dusting school in Georgia, USA , then started Arty’s Air Service in August of 1978 when he was 22 years old. Arty’s Air continues to operate 38 years later and is well known in the community. Art was an aviation pioneer, starting the first private air medical transport service in Manitoba.  Art was always up for a challenge, and had many other businesses throughout the years, most recently EMSIPS, of which he was very proud. He was a great friend to his many business contacts.

Art married Rosemary Jean Power on June 4, 1983. They were blessed with three children, Christy, Keith, and Jenna.  He loved spending time with his family, travelling, planning last minute holidays, and making great memories. He was looking forward to spending lots of time with his grandkids, teaching them to love life and adventure like he did. Nothing was more important to Art than his family and his many friends that he considered family. He loved a big get together and was the life of the party. Faith was important to Art, he and Rosemary were members of the Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church.

Art had many interests, he was happiest when he was busy.  Airplanes held a special place in his heart, and he bought and sold many of them throughout his life.  He loved to fly, and shared his love of flying by being a mentor to many young pilots.  He enjoyed classic cars, mostly Dodge, but had a soft spot for Chevy’s too. Art loved sports, he was a great hockey player, loved golf, and was looking forward to going skiing soon.  He was a proud Green Bay Packers fan; recently he started an annual tradition of going to watch them. The outdoors was time to relax for Art; he enjoyed fishing and boating with friends and family. Art was a great dad, husband, grandpa, and friend. We will miss him, and are so grateful for the chance to have had him in our lives.

Art is survived by his loving wife, Rosemary, daughter, Christy (Evan), son, Keith (Jessica), daughter Jenna, and grandchildren, Olivia and Max, three sisters, two brothers and their families. He was predeceased by his parents.

Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Winkler Mennonite Church with private family burial at Westridge Memorial Gardens prior to the service. Donations may be made in Art’s memory to Mission Aviation Fellowship of Canada 264 Woodlawn Road W Guelph, ON N1H 1B6 OR

Click here to donate now in memory of Art Paetkau, owner of Arty’s Air Service to MAF Canada.   Art was a long-time supporter and contributor to the work of Mission Aviation Fellowship of Canada (MAF) for which we were truly blessed and honored by.

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Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

in care of arrangements


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