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Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Tuesday June 21, 2022 at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with a private interment prior to the service at the Rudnerwiede Cemetery. Viewing will from from 1PM-8PM on Monday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. 

Edwin Dueck
 1954 ~ 2022

It is with mixed blessings and sorrow that we announce the passing of Ed Dueck, beloved brother, brother-in-law, son-in-law, uncle and friend.

Ed was born April 29th, 1954 in the Altona hospital. He was the oldest son of Peter and Tina Dueck. After a courageous battle with cancer Ed passed away at Boundary Trails Health Centre on Friday evening, June 18th. Ed grew up on the farm at Kleinstadt near Altona with two brothers and two sisters. Ed got his education at Kleinstadt school for the first few years and later in Altona. Ed was baptized in June 1975 at the Altona Sommerfelder Church. He married Eva Friesen on July 19th, 1975. They lived in Altona for the first few years of their marriage until they moved to Manitou in 1982. Ed had gotten a job as a diesel mechanic and this is where he began his journey to obtain his diesel mechanic license, an accomplishment that he was proud of. In 1987 Ed and Eva moved to Winkler where he resided until his passing. Ed worked at the school bus garage and enjoyed both the work and the people he worked with. Ed loved playing golf and watching both baseball and hockey every chance he got. At family gatherings you would often find Ed discussing hockey or baseball with his nephews. If you needed to know the stats on the Blue Jays or the Jets he was quick to tell us. Even though he never pronounced the players names the right way, it always gave us a chuckle. Although he loved the Blue Jays and the Jets and watched countless games, the Toronto Maple Leafs always remained on top. Just a few weeks ago when I went to see Ed in the hospital one of the first things, he asked me was how are the hockey playoffs going. I told him and he was quick to remind me that the Tampa Bay Lightning were a very strong team. May 3, 2018, I enjoyed an evening I will never forget. Ed, Trevor, Dan and I went to a Jets playoff game. Ed was beaming from ear to ear and said that it was an experience of a lifetime, a memory I will always cherish.

In 2019 Ed’s life changed forever. Eva was diagnosed with cancer. This was devastating for Ed. Eva passed away February 15, 2020. One month later covid started and Ed entered a very lonely time in his life. My brother Don sat with him many, many evenings. The rest of the family and Eva’s family did what they could, but Covid always made it hard. Tracey often picked Ed up and snuck him into her home, so he didn’t have to be alone and he always got a good meal to boot. We as a family were so proud of Ed that he learned to do a lot of cooking. He made many a breakfast for Albert, Don, Jake and myself; eggs, pancakes, farmer sausage and waffles. The summer of 2021 Ed found a special friend, Lillian, who he could share the heartache of loss with as she had lost her husband. They soon found they both shared the love of golfing. He had a great summer golfing with Lillian and as fall came they both shared many evenings watching hockey. It was so good to see Ed smiling again.

As 2021 progressed Ed seemed more tired and was later diagnosed with bladder cancer. He had surgery in January, and he said, “I can beat this”. As the months progressed, we started noticing Ed was not himself. He had been working for Napa, 2-3 times a week delivering parts, and while at work had slipped on ice and hit his head. From there things changed a lot as he was forced to stop working and just got weaker. From the fall he had suffered a brain bleed, at the time they discovered this they also discovered that the cancer had spread to his brain. With the spread of the cancer to his head he became very unstable which resulted in many falls. He went to the hospital for two weeks and was so happy when he was able to go home for a two week stretch. We quickly discovered that he no longer could be at home alone and after that two week stretch never came home again. When I took him in for the last time he shared with me that all the things he had didn’t matter anymore and that he was ready to leave this world. The next couple of weeks were very hard for him with lots of pain and confusion. But Wednesday morning when Tracey went to see him he was excited that Albert was home from his trip and that he would soon see her (meaning Eva). We never spoke again after that. We will miss you Ed more than we can say, our gatherings will be quieter now as there will be another empty chair at our table. We rejoice that Ed is pain free and that he is reunited once again with his loved ones.

Ed was predeceased by his wife Eva in 2020, his dad, Peter Dueck in 2011, his mom, Tina in 2013 and his sister, Hilda in 2015. Ed was also predeceased by his father-in-law, Diedrich Friesen and his brother-in-law, James Friesen. Ed is survived by two brothers, Albert and Ang and Don and Sharon, one sister, MaryAnn and Don and one brother-in-law, Jake and Agnes and their families.

Thank you to the staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre for their kindness and care. Thank you to Wiebe Funeral Home, Art Wiebe and the Sommerfelder Church for assisting with the service. Thank you to everyone who had a part in the service today and for those that have been praying for us in this difficult time. Thank you, Tracey, for going above and beyond for uncle Ed. Thank you also to the Friesen family for helping us care for Ed, it was much appreciated. Donations may be made in Ed’s memory to Adult and Teen Challenge.

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