Peacefully on Sunday, April 8, 2018, with family by his side, Ivan John Letkeman passed away at the Lions Prairie Manor at the age of 88 years.
He is survived by his wife Kay, three weeks and three days short of their 67th anniversary; his children, Stan (Janet), Bob (Wilma), Sandra (Randy), Kathy (Barry), and Debbie (Ellis); grandchildren Jason, Pam, Trevor, Dustin, Derek, Branda-Leigh, Nolan, Angela, Raymond, Kelly, Tanya and families; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Doreen, Eileen (John), Mary Anne (Henry), and sister-in-law Alma; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Henry and Maria, brothers Frank and Jake, sister Grace, and brother-in-law Johnny; and Dad’s in-laws, Aron and Anna Neustaeter.
Dad was born on March 23, 1930, south of Morden, Man., in the Mason school area where his family lived within the R.M. of Stanley. He was baptized on Aug. 14, 1961, at Morden Alliance Church.
Dad was a man of many talents. He was never afraid to tackle any job. He worked for a number of farmers and did carpentry work. Mom and Dad purchased their own farm and became dairy farmers.
In 1974 they sold their farm and moved to Portage la Prairie, Man. They purchased a truck camper and took a three-week vacation to Florida with their friends Dave and Lillian Sawatzky. That was the first of many camping adventures.
Dad was employed with Kroeker’s Vegetable Farm, Cobbes Plumbing and Heated, and retired from ICG in 1994. After Dad retired, he spent many hours working with Kelly Ronald on the Ronald Farms.
Dad and Mom loved to garden. Never a weed to be found! Their year was always immaculate. No blade of grass was left uncut and not a leaf was to be found on their lawn.
Camping and fishing with family and friends was a highlight in summer. Last June, Dad drove to Carman by himself (unannounced) to join our annual family camping weekend. We offered to drive him home, but Ivan had to do things his way and when he wanted.
Dad was never bored. He could be found tinkering in his shop or getting the sand point tuned up for the summer. He always had to have the greenest lawn and complain that he had to cut the grass again. And no one could cut the grass like Ivan.
Dad loved to go watch the children play ball, soccer, or go to band concerts. He had to know what they were doing and enjoyed visiting with them. Dad, along with Mom, volunteered for a number of years at MCC.
His funeral was held on April 13, 2018, at Portage Evangelical Church with Pastor Glenn Loewen officiating.
Thank you to the Regency Health Care for all the care you gave to Dad, to Portage General Hospital, and to the Lions Prairie Manor staff for providing good care for Dad during his short stay.
Dad, you are now free from pain.