We Remember

DOERKSEN, Victor

1934 — 2017

Victor Doerksen went to be with the Lord on November 9, 2017 at the age of 83. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret; daughter Eirena (Chris) Rothwell of Kelowna, BC; son Paul (Jennifer) Doerksen of Winnipeg, MB; grandchildren: Nicholas Doerksen, Noah Doerksen, Hudson Rothwell, Delaney Rothwell; sisters Mary (Peter) Dyck of Edmonton AB, Jessie (Harry) Reimer of Winnipeg, MB and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceasd by his son David Doerksen and brothers Henry, John and Jake.

Vic was born in Winnipeg, MB, the second youngest of Johann and Justina Doerksen’s eight children. He grew up in Winnipeg’s north end, a fact that he was always proud to mention. After high school, Vic began working at CP Rail. On December 26, 1959, he married Margaret Brown of Clearbrook, BC. They moved to Switzerland where Vic received his PhD from the University of Zurich. They returned to Winnipeg where Vic embarked on a 32 year career as a professor and Head of the German Department at the University of Manitoba. Upon retirement, Vic and Marg moved to Kelowna where he enjoyed golfing and singing in the quartet and choir at First Mennonite Church. Approximately 12 years ago the first signs of Alzheimer’s appeared. As the disease progressed, Vic and Marg were fortunate to share a house with Chris and Eirena. When Vic was unable to live at home any longer, he was admitted to Sun Pointe Village.

The family wishes to thank Sun Pointe Village staff, home care nurses, Handydart drivers and the staff at Chapters and Starbucks in Orchard Park Mall (where Vic made daily journeys for books and white chocolate mochas) for their care and kind words.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/mennonite-central-committee-canada-mcc-canada/ .

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