Robert Doerksen

Robert Melvin Doerksen

1947 - 2022

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Obituary of Robert Melvin Doerksen

The public come & go viewing for 25 people at a time will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB. Please line up in your vehicle on the west side of the building and a director will usher you in when it is safe to do so.

The private family livestreamed service will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. To join the family via livestream please click HERE shortly before the service.

 

Robert (Bob) Melvin Doerksen, age 74, of Blumenort, MB passed away peacefully surrounded by family on January 15, 2022 at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, MB.

 

He is survived by his beloved wife Dorothy Doerksen, children Mike Doerksen, Steven (Frieda) Doerksen, Mark (Alice) Doerksen, Kevin Doerksen, as well as grandchildren Madison Doerksen, Taitum Doerksen, Kingston Doerksen, and sisters Elaine Gendron and Linda Kornelson.

 

Robert was predeceased by his parents Peter and Elizabeth Doerksen, brothers Elmer and Harvey Doerksen and Grandson Travis.

 

Dad was born in Herbert, SK on Dec. 17, 1947. His family moved to Arden, MB when he was just a baby and they lived on a rustic farm. Dad was an active child and enjoyed bike riding, playing baseball, digging in the dirt, cross country skiing and hunting. He loved dogs and sports. As a young teenager, Dad’s family moved to Winnipeg where he made himself at home and grew to love the city.

 

At the age of 25, Dad met a beautiful young lady named Dorothy Nickel. He courted her by making weekly trips all the way from Winnipeg to Altona. They got married on July 7, 1973. Dad and Mom lived in the Winnipeg, Alberta and Altona area for the first years of their marriage and had four sons together. In 1991 they made the move to Blumenort where they lived for the rest of their married life. They were married for 49 years of good and hard times. A highlight for mom is the companionship they shared after Dad’s retirement.

 

Dad was a hard working man and provided for his family. As a young man he did a lot of odd jobs. Later he worked for several different bus assembly companies, retiring at New Flyer where he had worked for 25 years. One of his highlights while working for the busing company was when he got to deliver buses to various cities in the United States and Canada. 

 

Dad was a handyman. He enjoyed fixing his own vehicles and doing his own oil changes as much as possible. He also built small objects from wood and remodeled his own basement. In his free time, dad had a guitar that he strummed on.

 

Dad had his share of health issues, all of which he faced with patience and calmness. He survived quadruple bypass heart surgery, stomach and intestinal complications, and several small strokes. His mobility was affected in the last years of his life. He was disappointed when he could no longer drive, but we never heard him complain.

 

Some good childhood memories of dad include him teaching us to skate, taking us swimming, taking us out to eat, or taking us to the movies. Dad was proud of his grandchildren. He took it hard when his first grandson Travis passed away. 

 

Dad was known for being funny and easygoing. When us boys were younger, he would make us laugh by taking out his dentures and smiling with no teeth.  He was very calm, relaxed, and not easily upset. He enjoyed throwing in some one liners like ‘If you can’t be good, at least be careful.’ He used to grip our hands tightly and say, ‘Shake the hand that shook the world, boy.’

 

Dad will be missed as a companion to his wife and as a gentle dad and grandpa. Our hearts are comforted in the knowledge that this is not ‘goodbye’ but ‘until we meet again.’ 

 

Donations in memory of Robert may be made to Birchwood Funeral Chapel to help assist the family with funeral expences.

The public come & go viewing for 25 people at a time will be held on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB. Please line up in your vehicle on the west side of the building and a director will usher you in when it is safe to do so.

The private family livestreamed service will be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. To join the family via livestream please click HERE shortly before the service.

Wednesday
19
January

Come & Go Viewing

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Birchwood Funeral Chapel
162 PTH 52 W
Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
(204) 346-1030
Thursday
20
January

Private Family Livestreamed Service

11:00 am
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Birchwood Funeral Chapel
162 PTH 52 W
Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
(204) 346-1030

Interment

Blumenort Community Church Cemetery
HWY 311
Blumenort, Manitoba, Canada