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JOHN HALKOWICH (published on December 21, 2009)

JOHN HALKOWICH August 31, 1933 - December 18, 2009 On the evening of December 18, 2009, John Halkowich passed away at the Health Sciences Centre. John was raised along with his brothers, Roman (Jeanette) and Dan (Corleen); and his sisters, Mary, Ellen, Leona (deceased) and Anne (deceased), on the family farm in St. Martin, Manitoba. John married Della Asham later in life and they raised Olivia Robin Asham from a young age. John had a very special place in his heart for Olivia. He was especially proud of her singing ability and that she became a licensed paramedic. After selling the farm, John and Della moved to St. Andrew's, Manitoba. During this time, John developed their home and the acreage into the Oak Hammock Air Park. As a licensed private pilot, John was extremely proud and passionate about aviation and everything associated with flying. His annual breakfast fly-in with Leon Woychuk was a source of excitement and joy. John had over 60 years flying his own airplanes and his first solo flight was supervised by his good friend, Nick Zahrodny. John was an avid reader and loved to study the history of aviation, the Second World War and the Holocaust. John felt a deep connection to this history as it impacted his life in a very personal manner. John's interests and hobbies included watching classic westerns, listening to the Saturday Night Polka Party and Sunday Morning Gospel Hour on CFRY Portage la Prairie and playing the fiddle. John played with several bands for various social events and occasions. He simply loved to play. John also had a great respect for nature and animals. He especially loved his horses, cattle and his dogs, Max, Zephyr and Phoebe. John was very proud of the successes and achievements of his children, Jason Ryle and Gerri-Lee Ryle, formerly of Lake St. Martin and John Horrock (our John) of Winnipeg. John admired his extended family, Ken and Ingrid Enns of Edmonton. He was very proud of the way they were conducting their lives and raising his much loved granddaughter Kennedy Taylor Enns. As for his many nieces and nephews, John always expressed an interest in their lives and endeavours and wished the best for all of them. John lived a simple, hard-working life. He always did things his own way and made certain they were done right. John will be remembered by his wife, Delia and his closest friends for the way he enriched their lives. Farewell John. As per John's wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel in Selkirk. Burial will take place at a later date in St. Martin Cemetery along side his parents. Thank you to everyone for their love and support. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

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