Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday June 15, 2022 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church with interment to follow at Westridge Memorial Gardens. Viewing will from from 1PM-8PM on Tuesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler and at the church prior to the service. Donations may be made in Ray's memory to Diabetes Canada
Raymond John Warkentin
1939 ~ 2022

RAYMOND JOHN WARKENTIN passed away peacefully on June 9, 2022 at Boundary Trails Health Centre at the age of 83 years with his family by his side.

He was born on March 29, 1939 to Jacob and Anne Warkentin (nee Friesen). Ray leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 58 years, Eileen Warkentin (nee Letkeman). He is also survived by his three children: son, Darrell and wife Jacquie and their children, Janessa Warkentin, Danitra and husband, Riley Lemky; daughter, Danell and husband, Allan Enns and their children, Chantal and husband, Trevor Coulombe, Gavin and wife, Lindsay Enns; daughter, Darcia and husband, Dwayne Unger and their children, Colton Unger, Ashton and husband, Erwin Lau. Ray is also survived by four great grandsons, Ryder, Easton, Knox and Timber Lemky and one great granddaughter, Cassie Lau. He is survived by two sisters, Evelyn and husband, Rene Giuliani, Diane and husband, Ed Sawatzky, one brother, Ron Warkentin, one sister-in-law, Ella Warkentin and their families. He was predeceased by one grandson, Brady Enns, one brother, Lawrence Warkentin, one sister, Verna Peters.

Ray’s childhood years were spent around the Haskett area and later in Morden. Ray worked on the pipeline, Texaco Service Station, gravel company, bridge construction, Triple E, Gardewine Transport, apartment maintenance for HF Wiebe, and part time at P.M Elias Trucking, all prior to his retirement. While working at the Texaco Service Station he met the love of his life, Eileen, at the Blue Moon Cafe where she worked. He fell in love with her ponytail, and she fell in love with his convertible. Needless to say shortly after they got married, Eileen cut her hair and Ray had to sell his convertible to purchase furniture. Now that’s true love!! Ray and Eileen were married April 25, 1964 in Morden. Their love for each other was clearly evident in their everyday life! They were blessed with three children: son, Darrell (1965), daughter, Danell (1967), daughter, Darcia (1970). During their 58 years of marriage they enjoyed travelling, which also included delivering motor homes to many locations. And as a family they went on numerous camping trips with family and friends.

Ray supported all sports and activities that his children were involved in and when he was blessed with grandchildren and great grandchildren, hands down, he was their greatest supporter. Family was extremely important to Ray and he loved and was proud of each and every child, grandchild and great grandchild beyond words and he cherished every moment spent with them. Ray enjoyed going for walks and bike rides and while doing so met up with many friends and family and he always took a moment to chat. You could also find Ray at many hockey games or baseball games. One Father’s Day, he was so involved in watching his baseball he forgot to come home, so we started celebrating without him.

Ray was baptized in 1963 in Morden Bergthaler Mennonite Church and later became a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1977. Here he was an active member and served on church council for many years. His faith, and trusting in the Lord, and attending church were very important to him.

We, the family would like to thank the medical team at Boundary Trails, especially the paramedics, Dr Jacob Miller, Nurse Jamie and Nurse Shelby, Brenda Unger for her medical assistance prior to the paramedics’ arrival and for the many prayers, messages and calls, flowers, visits, and food deliveries; to Pastor Alex Klages and Vicar Nigel Prozenco for their spiritual guidance during this difficult time and to Wiebe Funeral Home for their service.

Heaven gained the sweetest man when you left us, and we know you are up in Heaven with your mother, who passed away when you were a young boy, and whom you’ve missed so much! We will miss you tremendously! Until we meet again…we love you! 

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