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David Vernon Funk

FUNK, David Vernon - was born on Tuesday, January 28th, 1936, at Nipawin, Saskatchewan. Dave was the 4th son of Jacob and Katherina (Schultz) Funk, in a family of 11 children. The family resided in the countryside, north of Love, SK, where he attended the Botany School. Dave loved animals and had many pets, including a favorite pet crow. Dave enjoyed his studies, too, and although his school days ended in Grade 8, he finished with honours. Like many during those days, he had been taken out of school to help make “ends meet” at home. Sometimes, Dave and Henry (one of Dave’s elder brothers) would take a team of horses to cut a couple cords of wood. After the job was done, they would buy a coffee and a piece of pie, for 25 cents each. Soon, Dave went into trucking on his own, first in the Saskatoon area, and then back to Nipawin. It was here in Nipawin, where his journey of love began. During a hospital stay, he met Susan (Sawatsky) Derksen, an employee there. Dave and Susan were married in July of 1958. In the spring of 1959, they were blessed with their first child, a daughter they named Bonnie. Shortly afterward, they moved to the Saskatoon area, where Brenda was born, in 1960. Once again Dave’s work took the young family away, this time to One Hundred Mile House, British Columbia, where he worked in a logging camp. While in BC, their first son, Kenny was born, in 1962. Then, moving the family to Longview, Alberta, Dave started his own lumber mill business, with his wife by his side. There, two more children were born, a daughter Donna, in 1963, and a son Jody, in 1969. The time in Longview also marked a new spiritual beginning. As a family, they attended a small Baptist church, and this is where Dave gave his life over to Jesus, as his Lord and Saviour. Dave was a good husband, a great father, and a Godly example. He liked to build things for his children and to take them rafting, boating, and snowmobiling. He was also one to always have a little job for each of the kids. In 1970, Dave moved the family once again, this time to Rosthern, SK, where he bought a gravel business, which gave him many opportunities to share his faith with customers. Dave was an eager student of the Bible, loved sharing his faith, was deeply concerned for his children’s spiritual welfare, and was often “discovered” (by the children) reading and praying during the early morning hours, seated in his favorite chair. In 1972, their last child, a daughter, Shanon was born. Dave and family attended the Evangelical Church. Dave loved to take his family on little trips to Golden BC, and back to Nipawin, to see family. Dave had a great sense of humour - always with a story to tell or a clean joke - but otherwise, he was a quiet person. You could always tell when Dave had a joke coming to mind - he seemed to get a far-away look, then smirk, and would make everyone laugh; he was a great storyteller. He always took an interest in helping his children with school work. He also loved food, and felt blessed to have a wife that could cook so well! In 1983, Dave moved his family to Nipawin, to work on the Nipawin Hydroelectric Project, build a new house, and to be close to his family and old friends. There the family attended the Nipawin Apostolic Church. During his years in Nipawin, he paved, loaded gravel, hauled steel, and removed snow. He loved buying and selling machines and fixing his rental houses. He remained a business man until his last days. In July 2009, Dave and Susan celebrated their 50th Anniversary! Dave’s life revolved around the things of God and his family. He took great pride in the things his children and grandchildren accomplished, and always shared these stories with others. Dave’s health was failing over his last months, and he passed away in the Nipawin Hospital, Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Dave was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Katherina Funk, his brothers Lawrence, John, and Dennis, as well as his sisters Annie, Katy, Ilene, and two infant sisters. Dave leaves to cherish his memory - his loving wife Susan, daughter Bonnie (Lloyd), daughter Brenda (John), son Kenny, daughter Donna (Robin), son Jody (Shona), and daughter Shanon (Dave). Dave is also survived by his brother Henry and his sister Eva, and by numerous grandchildren: Reshawn, Dale (Lacey), Carrie (Aaron), Jennifer (Justin), Carla (Reilly), Nathan, Naaman (Lorae), Erin (Jared), Jenna, Cal, Jerdin (Jessie), Mic, Tanisha, Kenton, Benjamin, Janelle, and Alyssa; and great grandchildren: Chanise, Aaliyah, Nicola, Jacob, Derek, Hailey, Cody, Thacia, Karis, Kyrie, Kelyn, and Jayden; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Dave was a dearly loved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be fondly remembered by family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched. The funeral service was held at the Nipawin Apostolic Church on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Arnold Leister officiating. Dave was laid to rest in Mabel Hill Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to the Salvation Army. To send online condolences please visit The family placed their trust with COVENTRY FUNERAL SERVICES, Nipawin, SK 306-862-4233.13123938
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