John Ushkowski passed away peacefully on December 18, 2011 at the Dauphin Regional Health Centre at the age of 91 years.
John was born at Sifton, MB to Nicholas and Annie Ushkowski (nee Zarucka) on July 7, 1920. John was the third oldest of four children. He attended Sifton Wycliff School.
John looked forward to planting his vegetable garden every spring and enjoyed the produce. He could often be seen cutting grass on the riding lawn mower even if it didn’t need to be cut. He always liked to be busy. His great passion was farming. John retired to Dauphin but drove out to Sifton almost every day. He loved to tour the country and see how the crops were doing. Even though he retired from farming in 2004 he was always willing and happy to help the boys Ken, Larry, Nicholas and Justin move equipment around. This made him feel needed and helpful, which he was.
In addition to farming he also owned and operated Johnnie’s Service Garage in Sifton from 1954 to 1977 where he did all kinds of equipment and auto repairs. He even did a little grain hauling of fellow farmers on the side.
Even though he didn’t have children of his own he took pride in his nieces and nephews. John loved it when they stayed with him because family was important to him.
John was predeceased by his parents Nicholas in August 1968 and Annie in July 1968, brother Metro in March 1998, sister Mary Balanyk in August 2006, brother-in-law Alex Rowe in March 2006, and brother-in-law John Balanyk in October 2008.
He leaves to mourn his passing his sister Pearl Rowe of Winnipeg and sister-in-law Pauline Ushkowski of Dauphin. John will also be missed by several nieces and nephews: Archie (Allie) Ushkowski, Ken (Michelle) Ushkowski, Linda Ushkowski and Larry (Sherry) Ushkowski, Margaret (Morris) Lewicki, Shirley Augustyne, Danny (Gail) Balanyk, Randy (Dale) Rowe, Dale (Sharron) Rowe, Darren (Debra) Rowe and Rhonda (Bob) Stelmach as well as many extended family members and friends.
Prayers were offered on Monday, December 26, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. from the Sneath-Strilchuk Funeral Chapel in Dauphin. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. from the St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sifton with the Reverend Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating. Metro Lukie served as Cantor. The Crossbearer was great nephew Brandon Rowe. Interment followed in the Dauphin Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were great nephews Garret Ushkowski, Jason Ushkowski, Nicholas Ushkowski, Justin Ushkowski, Dylan Ushkowski and Jordan Rowe.
Friends who so desire may be made donations to the Sifton St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church or to a charity of one’s choice.