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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - June 29, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba BRANDON SUN, Saturday, June 29, 2002 Obituaries Obituaries Obituaries Obituaries Obituaries Obituaries man Senior Citizens Council and the 55 + Westman Games Committee. He was a representative to the Provincial Manitoba Society of Seniors in Winnipeg and became a life member in 2000. He was a member of the Strathclair Health Board for 32 years and a charter member of the Strathclair Lion’s Club. Although he was a very busy man, he always made time for his family and organized many family gatherings and always enjoyed visiting family and friends. Ken was predeceased by his parents Herbert and Margaret; wife Esther; sisters Mary Rapley and Eileen Moffat; grandson Duane Rapley; sister-in-law Alma Westaway; brothers-in-law Ed Westaway, Palrni (Red) Johnson, and Jack Ward. He leaves to mourn wife Alice (Glenn) and his children Bruce (Marg); Vivian (Doug) McDonald all of Strathclair; grandchildren Tammy (John) Bekeris and Riva of Portage; Alvin (Joan) Rapley, Alex, Jordan and Jessica of Bethany; Susan (Mark) Usick, Amy, Ashley, Andrea of Minnedosa; Sheldon Rapley (Amber Wright) of Kenton, Teresa Rapley (Adam Wozney) of Minnedosa, Jaden McDonald, Travis McDonald, Matthew McDonald of Strathclair, his brothers and sisters, Erie Rapley and wife Evelyn of Strathclair; Dorothy Ward of Winnipeg; Jim Rapley and wife Dorothy of Winnipeg; Florence Johnson of Cranbrook, British Columbia, Hazel and husband Doug Anderson of Kenton, and many nieces and nephews. Step-children Brian (Judy) Glenn of Ardrie, Alberta; Carol (Rick) Sarahs of Morris; Jim (Bev Cowan) Glenn of Niverville; Jean Funk of Edmonton and Karen Glenn of Winnipeg and their families. Funeral service was held Wednesday, June 12, 1:00 p.m. from the Strathclair Baptist Church with Rev. Stephen Pike officiating. Interment at the Strathclair Municipal Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons Alvin Rapley, Sheldon Rapley, Jaden McDonald, Travis McDonald, Matthew McDonald and Danny Sarahs. away from shore Where the water is deep And the waves will roll, hut, if you can trust Me With your soul I will guide your ship. Dear Mom: You have given up a life on this earth that you could not keep to gain a life in eternity that you cannot lose. You are much loved and will be tremendously missed by your family and friends. We will miss your laughter, sense of humor, en- I couragement, inspiration and your daily covering in prayer for all of us. We are comforted in knowing that we sorrow not as others of this world sorrow. Our hope is not in the temporary things this world has to offer but in the promise of eternal life which can only be found in Jesus, our Saviour. You have fought the good fight, you have kept the faith and we look forward with anticipation to that wonderful day when we will see you again! A celebration of Georgia’s life was held at the Brockle Donovan Chapel on Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Len Smith of Bethel Christian Assembly officiating. Interment followed at the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Georgia may be made to a charity of choice. Messages of condolence may be placed at Arrangements were in care of Brockle Donovan, Brandon, 727-0694. LEARY: Donald Garth Leary. On June 26, 2002 after a long and well-fought battle with cancer, Donald Garth Leary passed away peacefully with family at his side in the Notre Dame dc Lourdes Hospital. He leaves behind to carry on his memory his loving wife Elsie, his three children Lynette, Kelvin and Sharon, his sister Ina, brothers Bryson and Carl, and seven grandchildren as well as extended family and countless friends. Don was a kind, generous and fun-loving man who believed in the importance of family and friends, and living life to the fullest. Even through the pain of his illness, he always thought of the welfare of others before himself. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. A memorial ceremony will be held at the Leary home on August IO, 2002 and is open to anyone who wishes to help celebrate Don’s life. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7. Doyle Funeral Chapel of Carman in care of arrangements. RACINE: Manfred Lawrence Racine, 1934 - 2002. With incredible sadness and broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of Manfred Lawrence Racine, age 68 years of Lake Metigoshe, Manitoba. Manfred passed away in McCreary, Manitoba on June 3, 2002, with his boots on, steaks on the fire, his wife Joanne by his side. He was predeceased by his Mother and Father, Alice and Louis Racine and his brother Alvin Racine. Manfred was the fourth of eleven children born to Alice & Louis in the RM of Winchester. He attended school at Marsden School, #2. He married Mildred Beatrice Bennett on August 17, 1956, and they had seven children.    Donna (Elmer) McCal- lum, Boissevain, Manitoba; Cheryl (Roger) Morran, Grandview, MB; Tom (Donna) Racine, LaSalle, MB; Doug (Cyn-di) Racine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Darrell Racine, Brandon, Manitoba; Melanie Joy (John) Gero. Brandon, Manitoba; Ja-nelle (Thomas) Keller, Carberry, Manitoba. There are 13 grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. On October 15th, 1974 he married Joanne Naumann of Bottineau, North Dakota. They were married for 27 1/2 years. He is also survived by Raymond (Marion) Racine of Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Wilfred (Dorothy) Racine, Lake Metigoshe, Mabel (Art) Whelpley of Calgary, Ella (Lawrence), Canada, Lake Metigoshe, Manitoba, Walter (Joette) Racine of Velva, ND, USA, Allan (Diane) Racine of Balcarras, Saskatchewan, Ed (Joy) Racine of Bedsite, Manitoba, Lloyd (T.C.) Racine of Maple Creek. Saskatchewan and Judy Ann Black of Port Albemy, British Columbia. He also leaves to mourn his much loved nieces and nephews and their families, and many friends. Dad taught us to be proud of our heritage as Metis by the way he lived his life. He grew up in the Turtle Mountains and learned to hunt and trap at an early age. He turned that love into a successful way of life and operated his own outfitting and guiding service from Laurier, Manitoba. He spent most of his life watching and listening to the world around him and loved the changing seasons. If he wasn’t hunting or trapping he was telling stories, and we have many happy memories of Dad’s stories. He spent many a Sunday playing baseball with the Lake Metigoshe Hilltoppers. Dad lived his life on his own terms and with out compromise. He took an interest in other people and made friends wherever he went. We loved him and we will miss him. Our only consolation is that the hunting season never ends. His funeral service was held on June 7, 2002 at Deloraine United Church, Deloraine, Manitoba. Smith’s Funeral Home was in care of funeral arrangements. The family would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support. Donations may be made in Manfred’s memory to a charity of one’s own choice. The wolf cries out, From deep in the f orest, The great leader, He is wild, Like the blood in me. KING: Ralph Frederick Breach King. Peacefully on June 3, 2002 in the Ottawa Hospital (General) at age 80, Ralph F. B. King passed away with family members by his side. Ralph was the son of Ralph L. B. King and Agnes Elizabeth King of Burnaby, British Columbia. He is survived by his loving wife, Edna; by his two sons, Ralph (Krys-tyna) of Ottawa and John (Rochelle) of Winnipeg; two grandchildren Jessica and Jeffrey; and by his brother Robert (Beverley) of Fort Langley, British Columbia. Ralph's extended family includes many cousins, nieces and nephews. He completed his early education at south Burnaby High School in Burnaby, British Columbia, before entering the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Provincial Normal School. Here Ralph met his wife Edna (Hall) whom he married in 1943. During the second World War, Ralph served as a navigation instructor with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Returning to Canada at the end of the war, he resumed his studies at the University of British Columbia. By 1948 he completed an Honours Degree in English Literature and the following year received a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Toronto. There Ralph completed his residence requirements for the Doctoral Program and began his teaching career. He taught at the Royal Military College in Kingston from 1955 to 1958, and then served as Head of the English Department at the Royal Roads Military College in Victoria. To this point his interest was in research and teaching. However in 1963, Ralph accepted an invitation from President John E. Robbins to visit Brandon College where preparations were underway for separation from the University of Manitoba and for independent university status. In what proved to be a challenging and rewaiding change of direction, Dr. King became the first Dean of Arts of this expanding new university. He also served as Head of the department of English, and in 1971, was Acting President. Unfortunately, latent illness necessitated an early retirement and forced an end to his life-long academic pursuits. Brandon University conferred the status of Professor Emeritus upon Dr. Ralph King in 1988. Ralph and Edna King recently established a Brandon University Graduate Scholarship in perpetuity to encourage and support students aspiring to pursue post-graduate studies in English Literature. On June 8, 2002, Ralph’s family held a private funeral service at the Tubman Funeral Home, 3440 Richmond Road, Ottawa. Interment at the Highland Park (Pinecrest) Cemetery followed. The King family would like to express their deep gratitude to Pastor Allan MacLellan of Pleasant Park Baptist Church, Ottawa, for his compassionate guidance and for conducting the family service. The family would like to thank Dr. Collins, Dr. Hamilton and the other physicians who have cared for Ralph over many years. The family's appreciation is also extended to the Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, the Berley and Rideau Veteran's Health Centre, GEM Health Care Services Inc. and the palliative care team at the Ottawa Hospital (General;) for their care and compassion. In memorial!) donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Multiple Sclerosis Society, or the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, Ottawa. COOPER-CONFREY: It is with deep sorrow but also with great joy that the family of Georgia Mac Cooper-Confrey announces that on June 21, 2002, Georgia passed from the confines of this world into the glorious presence of her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Georgia will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by her beloved husband Fred "Bud" Confrey and children: Gary (Donna), Brandon, MB; Myrna (Peter) Heissler, Calgary, Alberta; Carol (Don) Warkentin, Medicine Hat, Alberta; Ron (Debbie) Cooper, Winnipeg, MB; her grandsons: Brent, Todd, Kipling, Shaun, Scott and Spencer Cooper; her granddaughters: Lori Jane Clark, Kari-Lynn Barr, Kristi Mauren Costain, Krystl Joy and Cara Dawn Cooper; and her fourteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Georgia is also remembered by her stepchildren: Greg (Ruth) Confrey, Winnipeg. MB, Corinne (Tarl) Corbett, Denman Island, B.C., Patricia Confrey (widow of stepson David), Saskatoon, SK and Fred’s grandchildren: Kama, Beth, Jeff and Cory. Georgia was predeceased by her husband Wilfred Emerson "Bill" Cooper in 1955 and their dear son Patrick in 1971. Georgia Mae Walper was bom on March 6, 1912 in Guildford, Montana. Georgia’s family moved to British Columbia when Georgia was a child and finally settled in the Biggar, SK area in 1921. In 1929, Georgia met W. E. Cooper, a young school teacher from Margo, SK who was teaching in the Biggar area. In 1933, after a four year courtship, Georgia married her handsome school teacher and, during the following years, lived in various towns in Saskatchewan where together they raised their family and Emerson taught school. In the fall of 1939, Georgia accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Saviour. From that time until the present, her unwavering faith has been her strength as Georgia embraced God’s promises and rejoiced in the knowledge that she would spend eternity with her Lord and Saviour. Georgia was a gifted writer and her deep and abiding faith is exemplified in the following poem "Jesus Guides My Ship" which was written by Georgia late one night when Georgia awoke to pray. Several years ago, Georgia’s poem was made into a bookmark which has blessed many people throughout the world. It was always the desire of Georgia's heart that God would be glorified in her passing as Ile was in her life. For this reason, we share her poem: JESUS GUIDES MY SHIP My ship floundered on life’s shore And I said, Lord, / can take no more Pounding of the heavy gales, Please let me fold my sails And anchor in some quiet Harbour of life. Lord, I can no longer face the strife Of all the goals that / have set Knowing in me they cannot be met. Lord, let me rest in some quiet place Where I can be still And seek your face and pray that You will Bless me every day. And He said, Let Me guide your ship; Your life isn 7 o 'er To be cast upon some lonely shore. In Me, your life has just begun And at every rising of the sun FII set the course for you that day. It may be in a quiet buy Where you can feel the tranquility Of a calm and peaceful sea Or, I may guide you WATERS:    Gladys Evelyn Waters - bom June 2, 1923, died June 27, 2002 at Neepawa District Hospital, surrounded by her loving family and her pastor Joe Ball of the United Church of Neepawa. This caring woman who graced all of us with her gentle and sweet nature was born Gladys Evelyn McCullough in Kenville, Manitoba and often recounted an innocent and happy childhood with her mother and father and sister Vera and brother Charlie. She was married to Charles Courts Middleton in 1942 and bore two sons, Glen Courts Middleton, and Bruce Charles Middleton. Widowed in 1948 Galdys and her children lived with her brother Charles McCullough at Mentmore, Manitoba. In 1952 Gladys and her family moved to Neepawa to reside with her mother and eventually she took a position with the Neepawa Post Office. A job she was to hold for twenty three years. Not long after moving to Neepawa Gladys was literally swept off her feet at a dance at the Odd Fellow Hall by Jack Waters, her beloved companion, husband, and friend for the rest of her life. Gladys and Jack traveled extensively, visiting friends, family, and following their own sense of adventure across Canada many times, throughout the United States and Hawaii and overseas to Scotland and England. Predeceased by her mother, father, brother Charles McCullough and sister and brother-in-law Isabella and Harold Cleland. Gladys is survived by her husband Jack Waters, sons Glen Middleton (Meg), Bruce Middleton (Deborah, sister Vera Hockin (Elmer), special sister-in-law Margaret Salter and husband Mib. Grandchildren Christopher, Nadine, Shannon, and Haley, twin great-granddaughters Danielle and Kimberley, great-granddaughter Frances Zoe, and numerous nieces and nephews and their families of whom she was inordinately proud. Active in community life Gladys was so full of pride for her hometown of Neepawa. She loved her shuffleboard at the Drop In Center, and her exercise classes with her group of special friends at the Elks Manor. She was a longtime member of the Neepawa U.C.W. and the Neepawa Health Auxiliary. Gladys grateful family would like to thank the many health care professionals and palliative care workers who made her last difficult months so much easier to bear with their kind, compassionate care. Funeral services will be held at the Neepawa United Church at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Neepawa United Church Building Fund or the Neepawa District Hospital. White’s Funeral Home, Neepawa in care of arrangements. RAPLEY:    Kenneth    David Rapley passed away at Morley House, Shoal Lake on June IO, 2002. Ken was the eldest son of Herbert and Margaret Rapely, born on November 16, 1911 in Strathclair. He attended school in Wolfe Creek and Strathclair schools where he enjoyed baseball, softball, tennis and soccer. He started farming in 1939 and on November 4, 1939 married Esther (McGregor). They farmed together until July 29, 1976 when Esther passed away. Ken continued farming and later married Alice (Vader) Glenn on April 9, 1977. He retired from farming in 1998. Farming was a very important part of his life. He served many years on the Strathclair Co-op board and was a chartered member of the Strathclair Credit Union, serving 35 years on the credit committee. He was a member of Manitoba Pool - President of the Ipswich Association for six years and a director for many more. When Ipswitch elevator closed he became a member of the Strathclair Pool and served as a delegate from sub-division #505 to the annual meeting of Manitoba Pool Elevators for 16 years. he was elected Reeve of the R.M. of Strathclair in 1951 and served for 32 years. He was elected President of the Union of Manitoba Municipalities in 1967, serving in that capacity for two years. He was member of the executive for 16 years. He was a member of the Municipal Advisory Committee for several years, also a member of the Municipal Audit Advisory Committee for seven years. He was a member of Crown Lands Appeal Board for six years and chairman of the Manitoba Beekeepers Compensation Board for four years. The highlight of his municipal career was when he represented the Province of Manitoba at the Inter-American Municipal Congress Convention in New Orleans City when the City celebrated its 250th anniversary. In 1968 he became a director of the Hudson Bay Route and had been associated with the Manitoba Good Roads Association since 1962. In 1984 he was made an Honorary life member of the Good Roads Association. Ken served on the local school board for 15 years and was a trustee of the Birdtail River School Board #58 for 17 years and then a member of Manitoba Association of School Trustees for 12 years. He was also an honorary life member of the Strathclair Agriculture Society and the Strathclair Men’s Curling Club. He was president of the Museum Committee since 1980. In the last few years he had been involved in the West- NEILSON:    Joan Beattie Neilson (Inkster): Joan passed away peacefully on June 26, 2002 at Rideau Park Personal Care Home with her family by her side. She was born December 16, 1922 at the Brandon General Hospital. Joan married George Neilson and resided on the family farm until they moved to Brandon in 1959. She worked at Oakland Hatcheries and McKenzie Seeds until her retirement. Joan was very active in curling, bowling, and coaching baseball for the Cecil Hotel and McKenzie Seeds. She also enjoyed her hand at cribbage. She was a member of the Army & Navy Air Force Club and the Brandon Club. Her favourite place to be was at Thomas Lake where she had a cabin, and spending time with her family and friends. Fishing was another wonderful recreation for her. She loved to have her grandchildren around especially at Christmas when she would surprise them with Santa coming to visit them on Christmas Eve at her home. You never saw her travel anywhere without her dogs by her side. She will be sadly missed by her family: Jim, Gloria (Sam Crozier), Bob (Valerie), Bruce (Mavis), Larry (Marie), Gerry MacPhail, Sherrie (Ray Smith), Penny (Paul Olson), Ernie, Carey (Barry Chase). She is also survived by: 29 grandchildren and 23 greatgrandchildren. She was predeceased by: her husband, George in 1972; her daugiiter, Evelyn in 1983 and her son, Charles (Chas) in 2000. The ceremony to celebrate Joan's life will be held at Memories Chapel, 330-18th Street North on Wednesday, July 3, 2002 at 2:00 p.m. Jeanette Van Heyst will officiate. Interment will follow in the Brandon Cemetery. In lieu of Bowers a donation may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, Westman Region, B 727 - 10th Street, Brandon, Manitoba, R7A 4G6 or the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division, 193 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 2B7, or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are with Memories Chapel & Pre-Planning Centre, 727-0330. "Please rest in peace and may the angels be with you. " The proud eagle Jlying High in the sky, So unafraid of dying, Like the warrior’s that We ’re taught by our elders, To try in life to be .. . So we should never, Ever give up, And always be proud Like the wolf and the eagle, For that is the way, The great spirit, Meant for us all, to be .. . Oil VV. Knife Cree Nation, Alberta. ;