Raymond (Ray) John Dengler
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January 16, 1944 to December 6, 2012
It is with great sadness that the family of Raymond (Ray) Dengler, age 68, of Watrous, SK, announce his peaceful passing at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon on December 6, 2012.
Ray is survived by his wife, Susan; daughter, Shelly Dengler; grandson, Tanner Czemeres; stepson, Alan Poole (Deanne Johnston); step granddaughters, Christina and Jessica; stepdaughter, Bernadine (Bruce) Yeo; step grandsons, Jack and Grant; sisters, Loretta Wooff; Dorothy (John) Hrycuik; Irene (Bill) Whyte; Lenore (Lynn) Mintkawetz; mother-in-law, Mabel Todosichuk; brother-in-law, Henry Rathje; sister-in-law, Colleen (Don) Ames; aunts Gerty Schaan, Annie Dengler and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents John and Jean; son, Kerry; his first wife and mother of his children, Janet Dengler and her parents John and Elsie Mintkawetz; brother, Ron; brother-in-law, Val Wooff, brother-in-law, Kyle Mintkawetz, brother-in-law Perry Rathje; and father-in-law, John Todosichuk.
Ray was born January 16, 1944, growing up on the family farm, the third of six children. As he grew, so did his love for farming and all things related to life on the farm. At an early age he started working along with his father, always wanting to learn how to do one more farm related activity, whether it was cutting hay with a team of horses, or later being able to do the summer fallowing on an open tractor. After finishing school at Kingsbridge, he started actively farming with his dad, and they worked together for many years. He had several fond memories of their time spent together. During some of those earlier years of farming he also worked at the Colonsay Potash Mine where he was employed as heavy duty mechanic. He enjoyed the farming community life, curling at the Southwest Curling Rink, riding his horse up to the neighbors for an evening of cards, and going out on fishing and hunting trips. In later years he would manage time to go camping, and enjoyed getting in his truck to do numerous "road trips". He was a great cook and was well known for his special recipes for sauerkraut, sausage, etc. He also had a love for dogs and always seemed to have one by his side on the farm.
When Ray and his wife Susan decided it was time to move from farming to town life, the switch was good for him. He always enjoyed visiting with friends or strangers, talking about old times or hearing about something new going on in the area. When he got back home, he always had an interesting story to tell. He had a garden that could produce way more then could be used, and he loved to share the abundance with others. The yard and garden were his source of enjoyment in the summer, as was his garage, where people would frequently stop by for short visits. He took pride in keeping every house, field, yard, and garden he ever had in a neat and tidy order.
Ray enjoyed all family visits and being able to spend time with the grandchildren was always a fun and interesting time for him. Ray will be greatly missed by his wife, family, and the many friends and neighbors that have come into his life for a long time or just briefly.
Many heartfelt thanks go to the doctors and staff at the Royal University Hospital for the compassionate care that was given to Ray during his short stay there.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ray can be made to the Watrous Community Health Foundation.
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Ray will be held at the Watrous Civic Center on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. Interment to follow at a later date when family not able to be present at this time can all be together.
Arrangements are in care of Fotheringham – McDougall Funeral Service of Watrous and Nokomis.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10, 2012