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LORNE ODIN ELWOOD BAKKE (published on July 06, 2010)



LORNE ODIN ELWOOD BAKKE, LCol (Ret'd), B.Sc., MB, CD Peacefully on Saturday, July 3, 2010, at the age of 72, after a short battle with cancer, Lorne went to be with his Lord and Saviour. Born on Friday, March 4, 1938 at a Norwegian homestead near Nacum, Saskatchewan, Lorne was second of five sons. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in September 1955 as an Aircraftsman Second Class and was trained as an airframe technician. He served in the Air Force and then with the Reserves and later with the Cadet Instructors List until he retired in 1996. Postings took him and his family to Portage La Prairie; Winnipeg; Baden-Soellingen, West Germany; Borden, Ontario; Chatham, New Brunswick; and to Trenton and Ottawa, Ontario. During Canada's Centennial Year, 1967, Lorne was assigned as a technical crewman to the Golden Centennaires aerobatic display team. Lorne completed high school while in the Air Force, and went on to study at Heidelberg University and to complete his B.Sc. with honors in Mathematics at the University of Winnipeg in 1973. He graduated from officer training and was commissioned as an Aerospace Engineering Officer (AERE) in 1974. On June 19, 1976, at risk of his own life, Lorne saved a boy who was drowning in the Miramichi River near Chatham, New Brunswick. For this act, he was awarded the Medal of Bravery. Lorne was given a passionate desire to know God and the study of Reformed, Christian theology became his most significant interest, which he shared generously. Lorne summarized his faith by saying I believe in the God who sent His Son to redeem to Himself a people. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Irene, dutiful son David (Karen), and two very dear grandchildren, Kathryn and Erik; also, by his brothers Eldon (Phyliss) and Orville. Lorne was predeceased by his father, Odin and mother, Violet and by two younger brothers, Vernon and Glen; also by his brother-in-law, Walter and sister-in-law Stephanie. A private family service will be held. Thomson In the ParK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to www.thomsoninthepark.com


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