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David F Unrau
1927 - 2017

 

David F Unrau passed away the evening of Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Tabor Home in Morden. At supper on Friday he announced his desire to “go home” and within 24 hours his desire was granted.

Dave was born on January 29, 1927 to Peter and Aganetha (Friesen) Unrau. He was born on a farm near Valleyfield School where he and his friend Johnnie Warkentine claimed to have graduated from university. Dave’s father passed away in 1945, when Dave was 18 years old. He continued to work on the farm and at other jobs so that he could eventually purchase the farm from his mother. In 1965, the farm was sold and Dave, his mother and his sister, Helen moved into Morden. That same year his mother passed away. In 1972, Dave married Rose (Kroeker) Hoeppner and became “Dad” to her two daughters, Betty and Merna. In 1975, he became a proud Grandfather when Tim arrived. Dave and Rose lived in Brandon for a number of years where he worked as Maintenance at Fairview Home and then relocated to Medicine Hat, where he continued in the same line of work. He gladly welcomed Sherlyn to the family when she and Tim married in 1996 and was excited to become a Great Grandfather to Jonas in 2003 and to Lauren in 2006. Rose passed away in 2006 and shortly after that, Dave decided to move into the Tabor Units. He lived there until 2011 when he moved into Tabor itself. When Dave lived in Medicine Hat, he missed the Oak trees from Manitoba. In fact, he claimed that there were absolutely no Oak trees in Medicine Hat. He set out to correct this. While visiting in Morden, he picked 5 or 6 wild Oak saplings that were only about 5 inches tall and transported them back to Alberta. These were planted on the boulevard in front of their house and guarded closely. However, the deer would come to sample these morsels and it became difficult to watch the trees 24 hours a day. Eventually, only one tree remained. Tim and Betty returned to Medicine Hat in 2016 and while there they verified that a hardy?? Manitoba Oak still grows in Medicine Hat.

Dave was predeceased by his wife, Rose in 2006 and by all of his brothers and sisters. He leaves to mourn his daughters, Betty (Walter) Scott and Merna (Jerry) Weselak, grandson, Tim (Sherlyn) Weselak and their children, Jonas and Lauren as well as his nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday March 17, 2017 at Wiebe Funeral Chapel in Morden with interment prior at Chapel Cemetery. The family would like to thank all of the staff at Tabor who loved and cared for Dave over the years. You are truly special and Dave appreciated all that you did for him. Donations in Dave’s memory may be made to the Tabor Home in Morden.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements
wiebefuneralhomes.com

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