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Date of Passing: May 20, 2023

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Born on March 22nd, 1964 in Bunderhammrick Germany, Fokko came to Canada with the German military 1987. He met his wife of 34 years in November 1987, and they were married in March 1989. They remained in Canada, living outside of Shilo. Fokko got out of the military, and in 1993 they purchased Betty’s parents' place where Betty still resides. That year they had their first child Tess, then Thomas in 1996, and Nicole in 2000.

He worked at Shilo Farms until 1996, then became an owner/partner in Mid-Plains Implements, where he remained until he retired Dec 31, 2022, after 26 years. Fokko was a great community volunteer in many organizations such as Carberry and Area Community Foundation, Carberry 4-H Beef Club where he was involved in building the new 4-H barn, Carberry Legion where he was president, Brookdale Men's Curling Club and Community Centre where he was involved in building the new curling club, and as a Shilo Service Club member.

Left to mourn are wife Betty, children Tess (Matt), granddaughter Braelynn, Thomas (Skylar), Nicole (Dustin) sister in Germany Herma (Horst), Kathrin, Evelyn, Emma, Jason, and Heiko, in-laws Hank and Grace Loewen, Ed Loewen, Elaine and Brien Powles, Dave and Donna Loewen, Ken Loewen and Geneane Felan, Irv and Loi Loewen and many nieces and nephews. Fokko was predeceased by parents Fokko and Klasine Buurma, parents-in-law Henry and Katie Loewen, and sister-in-law Edna Loewen.

Publish Date: Jun 10, 2023


Fokko Peter Buurma, beloved husband of Betty Buurma, entered into rest at his residence on May 20, 2023 at the age of 59 years.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at the Buurma acreage, 64027 Manitoba Hwy 464, in the RM of North Cypress-Langford, MB.

Donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

Publish Date: May 26, 2023

As published in Brandon Sun on May 26, 2023, Jun 10, 2023

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • Fokko, we met you as a young Corporal in the West German Army, stationed at CFB Shilo Manitoba. You were full of dreams, among them that of meeting a beautiful loving woman and raising a dedicated family. With your loving wife Betty you have achieved those goals. We never knew you in civilian life but as a soldier you were second to none in your devotion and dedication. Corporal Buurma your duties and watch shift have been completed to the fullest, now you can stand down, step back and fold your antenna one last time. Zero out your call sign and advise all stations that your transmissions have ended. BZ to you. - Posted by: Tom & Ros Reardon (Friends) on: Jun 01, 2023

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