Zacharias, David

Private graveside service will be held at Schoenwiese Cemetery. Viewing will be from 1PM-8PM on Wednesday at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden. Donations may be made in Dave's memory to either the Tabor Home Inc. or to Heart & Stroke Foundation

David (Dave) Zacharias

1933 – 2020 

On Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 3:40 p.m. Dave Zacharias, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away peacefully at Tabor Home in Morden, MB at the age of 86, with Shirley at his side. 

Dave leaves behind many loved ones: his wife, Shirley Zacharias, his children, Angela (Kevin) Adams, James (Lynda) Zacharias, Colleen (Matthew) Peters and Mark (Rachel) Zacharias, his step-children, Carl (Maggie) Roberts, Clinton (Lisa) Roberts and Valerie Manuel, his brother, Bill (Anne) Zacharias, his sisters, Marge (John) Zacharias and Eva (Albert) Paetkau and his 11 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many other family and friends. Dave was predeceased by his first wife, Trudy in 1981, his son, Calvin in 1985 and his step-son-in-law, Doug Manuel in 2019. The family takes great comfort knowing that Dave is now in heaven with Jesus, his family and all those that he has loved and missed so dearly. 

Dave was raised in a small rural village, Schoenwiese Manitoba, where his family farmed. His mother, Elizabeth, married Jacob as a widower with four children, and together they had another nine children including Dave. Dave was a hard worker. At 10 years old he worked his first job tending Booker heaters in the schoolhouse and then proceeded to hold many jobs at lumber camps, railroads, coal deliveries, construction sites (including underwater diving), and of course, his first love, farming. He purchased his first farmland in 1955 in Killarney, MB and then sold it to buy his farm near Miami, MB in 1960 with his new wife, Trudy, where they raised their family. He farmed land with his brother, Jake, who also settled and started a family near Miami. He was an active member of the community, including being on many boards. His Christian faith was very important to him, becoming a member of the Sommerfelder Church in Morden. He prided himself on never working on Sundays, keeping it as a day of rest and worship for his Lord Jesus. He was involved in managing many of his kids’ hockey teams and when he was not on the farm, he was cheering on one of his five kids at the rink, gym, or baseball field. Following his wife Trudy’s passing in 1981, he moved from the farm into the town of Miami a year later to make it easier for his kids to play sports and attend school while he continued farming and assuming the role of both Mom and Dad. Sadly in 1985, tragedy struck again as his son, Calvin was killed in a vehicle accident. Four years later, he married Shirley Roberts whom he was with until he passed. They started their life together in Miami and found their church home with Miami United Church and later with the Winkler Mennonite Church. One of the joys in marrying Shirley was the addition of three more children into the family -Carl, Clinton and Valerie. With this many kids now forming one large family, regular gatherings like Christmas were more fun than ever for Dave. And this still left one child, Mark, at home. Dave loved following Mark’s promising hockey career, whether it was minor hockey in Manitoba, NCAA hockey in Minnesota or his professional hockey teams in Germany and Texas. This gave Dave a lot of joy and they formed a close bond. Shirley also learned to love hockey and cheering on her new stepson. In 1998, Dave sold the last of his farmland. Dave and Shirley enjoyed their retirement by travelling to all corners of the continent by RV and trips overseas. They also made sure to include family visits in their many travel adventures. They continued to be involved in community life in Miami until they moved into their condo in Morden, MB in 2014. Dave immensely enjoyed going to the coffee shop for chats with his friends, sharing farming tips and keeping up with all the local news. Dave loved people, family, neighbours and friends alike. He got great joy out of making people laugh, especially his grandchildren, and he loved a good joke played on him too. Through the toils and health challenges Dave faced, he always made sure that he gave people his time and attention. His children, stepchildren, grandchildren and great grandchildren loved him very much. Health challenges in the last few years of his life made it hard for Dave to travel and later to communicate. He was moved to Tabor Care Home in August 2019. Very recently, considering the Covid-19 restrictions, Shirley and other visitors were unable to see him for many days. Knowing how Dave loved personal contact, this was very difficult for him. 

This is a trying time due to the COVID-19 situation. Respecting current limits of ten people in any gatherings, a private family graveside service will be held on the morning of April 3, 2020. The service will be videoed and available online later that day on the Wiebe Funeral Homes website. A subsequent Celebration of Life memorial will be held at a later date when gatherings and travel are permitted. Messages and phone calls to Shirley and family are valued and appreciated. We would also encourage you to go to the following website to share stories and pictures about Dave: 

In lieu of flowers and cards, donations may be made to Tabor Home 450 Loren Dr. Morden, MB R6M 0E2 or The Heart and Stroke Foundation. We wish to thank the dedicated staff at the Tabor Care Home. Their care and patience helped the family know Dave was well looked after in his last months. Our family also wishes to thank Wiebe Funeral Home and Pastor Jeremy Isaak from Winkler Mennonite Church for helping with the final arrangements during these challenging times. 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements


#31 Gail Deere 2020-04-06 22:20
Shirley we send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Please take care and stay well.
#32 Anne Harris 2020-04-08 19:09
So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing Shirley
Many good times with you and Dave!
With deepest sympathy!
Anne Harris.
#33 Anne Harris 2020-04-08 19:12
So sorry Shirley. Many good memories of Dave to hold onto!

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