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RUDY G. WARKENTIN Obituary pic


Born: May 18, 1929

Date of Passing: Feb 14, 2022

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1929 – 2022

Peacefully at Concordia Hospital, on Monday, February 14, 2022, Rudy Warkentin passed away at the age of 92 years.
Celebrating Rudy's life is his loving son and best friend Paul of Winnipeg, his loving daughter Colleen (Steve) and grandson Sean (Trevor) of Toronto, his close and cherished companion Verna Esslemont, his sister-in-law Dorothy Stuart of Calgary and many nieces and nephews. Rudy was predeceased by his parents, George and Katherine, his beloved wife Helen, his daughters, Karen Louise and Maureen Dawn and his sister Eleanor.
Rudy was born in Manitou, Manitoba on May 18, 1929. He lived in Dugald, Manitoba and by the age of four was living in Winnipeg. In 1944, Rudy moved to Leamington, Ontario for work but was back in Winnipeg before the end of the year.
Rudy began his career in 1947 at Manitoba Bridge and Iron Works. After a few years and working in various roles within the company he was given the opportunity to become the senior accountant's assistant. Not long after, his new boss saw something in him and offered to pay for him to enroll at the University of Manitoba to become a Registered Industrial Accountant. After a few years, Rudy was the chief accountant at the Manitoba Rolling Mills which was owned by Dominion Bridge Co. Ltd. When Rudy retired, after over 40 great years with the company, he was the controller/Vice President of Finance.
It would be at the mill that Rudy would meet his beautiful wife, Helen. Rudy and Helen were married on September 9, 1959. They had three girls, Maureen, Karen and Colleen and finally an ally when his son Paul was born. Every summer, the family piled into the car and travelled through Canada and the United States and we can proudly say we have been to almost every Canadian province and American state. When Rudy and Helen became empty nesters, they continued their travels for another 20 years with several trips to Toronto, Hawaii, Mexico, Arizona and Florida. When he lost his travel companion, Rudy continued travelling to Grand Rapids, Michigan and Toronto, Ontario to visit his daughters and his only grandson, whom he doted on and was so very proud of.
Dad was an avid golfer and enjoyed the friends and good times they shared at the Assiniboine Golf Course and the St. Charles Country Club.
To honour our Dad's wishes, he will be cremated and laid to rest with his girls, Helen, Karen and Maureen. A private family service will be held at Glen Eden Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, a donation to the charity of your choice in Rudy's memory would be lovely.
Paul and I are grateful for the staff at Concordia for their gentle care and compassion they shared with our Dad and with us at such a sad and difficult time.
There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Family and friends may sign a
Book of Condolence at
Glen Eden Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 19, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • I will always remember Uncle Rudy with his warm and welcoming smile, hugs, and laughter. I always looked forward to visiting with him and Auntie Helen. I remember him and dad would sit and talk about anything and everything for as long as they were allowed. Our sincerest condolences Colleen, Paul and Sean. Much love, Derek, Glenda, Shawn and Sara - Posted by: Glenda Bond (Neice) on: Sep 16, 2022

  • I was very sorry to hear about the passing of Rudy. I knew Rudy for about 60 years as I worked for him at the Manitoba Rolling Mills for about 19 years. He was always fair and the best kind of boss ever. A while ago I had the opportunity to sit down with Rudy and we talked about the good old times. He will be missed and my thoughts and prayers are with Colleen and Paul and their families. Bruce Paget. - Posted by: Bruce Paget (Long time friend and co-worker) on: Mar 01, 2022

  • To the Warkentin Family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Rudy was a long time friend and co-worker of my late father, Peter Cleugh. Dad thoroughly enjoyed playing crib and golf with Rudy, hosting Rudy and Helen in Sarasota and travelling North America when working at MRM. Dad often shared stories of their adventures. My husband Ken and I had the pleasure of dining with Rudy and Helen at St. Charles, and visiting with Rudy when he joined our family on special occasions. Please accept our sincere condolences. Joan and Ken Jarvie - Posted by: JOAN JARVIE (Friend) on: Feb 20, 2022

  • I am so sorry to heat about Rudy's passing. He was always such a good friend to Dad (Peter Cleugh) over the years, I would like to think the two of them are together playing a round of golf or playing crib - Posted by: Karen Smith (Cleugh) (friend) on: Feb 19, 2022

  • Rudy was always a respectful, gentle and quiet person whenever I was visiting the Warkentin family. My love and condolences go out to you Colleen. I know you will be strong through this. Rudy lived a long and blessed life. Sean - Posted by: Sean Gange (Friend of Colleen, baseball coach of Paul) on: Feb 19, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing Colleen and Paul. My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your families. Gail - Posted by: Gail Kotowich (Friend of Dorothy Stuart ) on: Feb 19, 2022

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