It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Dad, Elton Wilkinson on September 21, 2019, after a short but hard fought battle with cancer. He passed away with his family by his side at the Selkirk Hospital.
He will lovingly be remember by his wife of 54 years, Joan (nee Braun); his children, Michelle (Jeff) Kulchycki, Doug (Jill), Kim (Wayne) Lusty; his grandchildren, Eric, Brad, Ryan (Kyrsten), David, Amber; his great-grandchildren who he calls the ‘little people’, his brother Vernon (Carol) and Glenn (Betty) along with extended family.
Elton was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Lily.
Elton was born on December 30th, 1931 in Ridgeville, MB. He attended Overstone School until grade 8, then worked around home in Ridgeville on the family farm and for neighbours doing odd jobs. He farmed for many years until he bought his first truck from his cousin Willis and started working in the gravel business. After buying his second truck he moved to Winnipeg. Elton hauled gravel in Winnipeg for many years out of the gravel pits in Birds Hill and Springfield area. In 1965, he married Joan Braun. Together they raised their family and continued to build the trucking business. In 1978, the family and the business moved to The Pas where there was plenty of work hauling gravel and logs. Dad later branched out into selling topsoil. Elton’s son, Doug and his wife Jill, now run the family business. He was always so proud that his legacy of hard work was living on. Dad worked hard all of his life and was still helping Doug every minute he could, even up until 2 months ago when he fell ill. He loved sharing stories with the family, especially his grandchildren.
In the winter, Dad and Mom enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona in the warmth and sunshine. They have enjoyed the last 29 years in Yuma where they met up with friends and met many new friends.
We all miss you so much.
The family would like to express a special thank you to all the caring, compassionate staff at the St. Anthony’s Hospital in The Pas and the Selkirk Hospital.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at Seasons Funeral Home, 576 Balsam Crescent, Oakbank, MB R0E 1J0 at 11:00 AM with a reception to follow at the same location. Final resting place will be Glen Eden Cemetery. A monument will be placed at a later date, where all are welcome to stop by and share stories of Elton at Lakeshore Landscaping. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba. “Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.”
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