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RAYMOND STEKMAN (published on April 01, 2010)



RAYMOND STEKMAN Peacefully, on Monday, March 29, 2010 at the Concordia Hospital Ray Stekman passed away at the age of 85 years. Raymond is survived by his wife of 64 years, Bella, children Marion (Don) Petersen, Bill (Betty), Art (Cindy), and Sandra (Joel) Westman, grandchildren Wayne Petersen, Lynn Tremblay, Jeffrey, Lindsay, and Julie Stekman, Christina, Vanessa, Andrew and Marissa Westman, great-grandchildren Carter Stekman and Kayla, Abigail and Cole Tremblay, sisters Hilda Wideman, and Norma Kotala and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Gustav and Hilda, brothers Arthur, Lauri, Norman and an infant brother Murray, sisters Hannah Person, Helja Kachuik, Helmi Baker, Helen Bour, Laura Erickson, Eileen Renaud, grandson Shawn Petersen and great-granddaughter Meaghan Tremblay. He was born in Alameda, SK and moved as a young boy to Murillo, ON with his family. He was proud to have enlisted in the Army as a volunteer in January 1943 and received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. In 1944, he went into action with the Black Watch in England and served as a driver mechanic in support company. He saw action in France and Belgium and also served at Verrier Ridge. While recuperating in hospital in Scotland, he met his future wife, Bella and they married in April 1946. He spent another year with the Queen's Own Rifles of the Occupation Forces in Germany. He was discharged as a Corporal in 1946 and received the 1938 to 1945 France Star, The Germany Star Defence Medal, the Clasp War Medal and in 2004, 60th Anniversary D-Day Badge. He worked for C.P. Rail for 42 years at different locations between Thunder Bay and Winnipeg retiring as a Road Master in Winnipeg in 1983. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion since 1963. Upon retirement, he took up woodworking and was known for his many projects including several types of clocks, canes, and tables. He was always looking for a new project. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 3, 2010 at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. (south of the Royal Canadian Mint) with a viewing half an hour prior to the service. Interment will take place in Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the War Amps of Canada, Canadian Army Welfare Fund or a charity of one's choice. GLEN LAWN FUNERAL HOME 982-7550


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