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Richard Witzke

Posted By Sobering Funeral Chapel On February 20, 2016 @ 2:57 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

1949 ~ 2016

After a lengthy fight with MS, it is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Richard Witzke at the Beausejour Hospital on Thursday, February 18, 2016.

Richard was born on July 19, 1949 in Golden Bay, Manitoba.  Soon after, his family moved to a beautiful farm in Green Bay, “God’s Country” as Richard always said.  Here, he grew up working on the family farm.

As he got older, he also worked at Coldspring Granite and eventually moved to Winnipeg and worked for Bird Construction.

On July 19, 1969, he married his high school sweetheart Bonnie Kellett.  Richard joked that he wanted his anniversary on his birthday so he wouldn’t forget.  He still forgot.  Richard couldn’t resist the draw of the “simple life” and in May of 1971, Richard, Bonnie and their newborn daughter Kerry moved back to Beausejour.  A year later, they took over the family farm in Green Bay.  It was the perfect place to raise their own family.

The demands of running a dairy farm and attending to crops was a challenge that Richard wouldn’t have traded for anything.  Their home was the gathering place for many family events.  Football games, canoe rides, quad rides, bonfires or an action packed game of cards were highlights enjoyed by many visitors to the farm.

Richard was predeceased by his sister in-law Vivian, brothers in-law Jimmy, Walter, Jerry and Bill, nephew Derrick, mother in-law Alice, father in-law Bob, brother Gordon, father Ottomar, sister in-law Sharon, niece Hannah and mother Olga.

He leaves to mourn his wife of 46 years Bonnie, daughter Kerry and son in-law  Jeff, granddaughters Melissa and Kayla, brothers Edwin and Allan, sister Myrtle (Romey) and Marge (George), sister in-law Vicky and numerous in-laws, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

A very special thanks to Kenny and Terry for all their help over the years.  Thanks also to Dr. Partyka, the nursing staff of the Beausejour Hospital and the Beausejour Ambulance Service for their care and compassion.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Sobering Funeral Chapel, 1035 Park Avenue E., Beausejour.

In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.


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Condolence from Chris & Cheryl Kellett on February 21st, 2016 7:06 am

Hi Bonnie, we are very sorry to hear about Rick. He was a great man, husband, and father and will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Thinking of you Chris & Cheryl

Condolence from Walter and Beverley Lotocki on February 22nd, 2016 7:29 pm

Bonnie and Family

Just read about Richard’s passing in the paper today. Please know that our
thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Johanna Kellett on February 22nd, 2016 9:12 pm

So sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. He was a hard working man. I fondly remember our visit to the family farm. Condolences to you Bonnie, Kerry, and family.

Condolence from Cheryl Shaw (Hamende) on February 23rd, 2016 8:30 am

My sincere sympathies to the family on the passing of Richard. He was a quiet, gentle man, who I enjoyed caring for over the years at the hospital. I will miss his gentle smile…

Condolence from Phyllis N. Dyck on February 23rd, 2016 2:57 pm

Dear Bonnie and family,
Our sincere condolence in your loss. Sorry we were unable to make the service but Francis had a Doctor appointment at 11 this morning.
Phyllis and Francis

Condolence from Bonnie Melvin (Felbel) on February 23rd, 2016 9:43 pm

Bonnie, Kerry, Jeff, and family, I am so sorry to hear about Rich. He was always a kind and sweet man who will be missed by many people.

Condolence from Lori Beaton on February 28th, 2016 11:36 am

Dear Bonnie & Kerry,

I’m so very sorry for your loss!! Uncle Rick was the best! I really enjoyed our visit the last time I was out and I’m glad I got to spend time with both of you while Rick was still pretty good.


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