Ernest Derksen

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Ernest G. Derksen
Ernest G. Derksen went to be with the Lord on December 20, 2012. He was born November 12, 1915 to Maria (Unger) and Gerhard P. Derksen in Borden, SK, the first of five children: his siblings were Henry Paul, Selma (Schmidt), Otto, and Reuben. He grew up on a farm and attended Hoffnungsfeld School in Great Deer, SK. He accepted the Lord at fifteen years of age was baptized and joined Borden M.B. Church. Ernest farmed with his father until he married Mary Bueckert on October 15, 1944. They purchased the family farm in Great Deer, and remained there most of their married lives, raising four children (Clifford, Ethel, Walter, Leo) while fostering five other children, and taking care of one nephew (Bruce) for a short time. They farmed for 48 years, first on the homestead, then moving to Saskatoon in 1966 at which time Ernest began to work as a custodian for the University of Saskatchewan - all the while maintaining the farm. In 1976 they moved to Langham to be closer to the farm. Ernest retired at age 65, continuing to farm until he sold it in 1989 when he was 73 years old. In 1992, they moved back to Saskatoon. Ernest served with his wife in the local churches where they lived - in hospitality and lunch committees, mailbox clubs, Awana clubs and folding church bulletins. He was involved in his community with bowling and curling clubs in Borden, Langham, and Saskatoon. Mary was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1997 and Ernest faithfully cared for her until she passed away in 2006. In 2008, Ernest's health necessitated a move to Cedar Gardens Independent Living Care Home for 2 years, then a move to Central Haven Special Care Home for 4 years. He passed away peacefully at the age of 97. Ernest is mourned by his four children, Cliff (Wilma) Derksen of Winnipeg, Ethel (Bill) Arnold of Saskatoon, Walter (Bernice) Derksen of Chilliwack, Leo (Sandy) Derksen of Saskatoon; 8 grandchildren, Odia (Larry) Reimer, Syras (Natasha) Derksen, Jason Arnold, Jacque (Scott) Kuemper, Jeff (Melanie) Derksen, Brad Derksen, Ryan (Melissa) Derksen; and 6 great- grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife, Mary; his parents, Maria (Unger) & Gerhard P. Derksen, granddaughter Candace Derksen, and brothers Henry Derksen and Otto Derksen. Viewing will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012, 7:00 p.m. at West Portal Church, 3134 – 33rd Street West, Saskatoon, SK. Interment will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. from the Borden M.B. Church Cemetery. The Memorial Service will be held on Friday, December 28, 2012 from West Portal Church, 3134 – 33rd Street West, Saskatoon, SK at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Kelly Wiebe officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Gideons International. Arrangements entrusted to Dalmeny Funeral Home (254-2022).

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(306) 254-2022
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Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Dec. 22 to Dec. 26, 2012
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