Ivan Peter Dohan of Dauphin, Manitoba passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at the age of 85 years.
Ivan Peter Dohan was born in the Grandview District to his parents Peter and Sophie (nee Myska) Dohan on November 12, 1935. Ivan was the oldest of 5 children and following him were his sisters Marie and Agnes and brothers Stephen, Donald and Eugene. The family moved to the farm south of Gilbert Plains in 1939 where his love of the land began. Farming in the early years was tough, but Dad and Dido persevered. Dad met Mom through his great friend Walter Deczycia, Tillie’s brother. In 1955, Dad bought the farm that would raise his family and on October 22, 1957, Mom and Dad were wed and they started the little adventure we call life. On May 15, 1960 their first son Peter was born. Twelve years later on July 20, 1972 Kevin arrived to complete the family.
Farming was first and foremost with Dad, but being a self-reliant person, he also had a passion for anything mechanical. He was renowned around the farming community as the go-to guy if you needed anything fixed. He started working for Vic Wilson in Gilbert Plains at the John Deere shop where he made many friends. He took every opportunity to learn and took part in many courses that were available to him within the John Deere network, traveling many times to the United States. He continued working with the John Deere network when Mike and John Choma purchased the shop in Gilbert Plains. In 1979 Dad left Choma’s Service and moved across town to Dubek Sales and Service and started his long career with Massey Ferguson. He remained with Dubek’s until his retirement in 1993. Dad spent many years after being a mobile mechanic to help serve the farming community. He remained a tinkerer, helping anyone he could, including neighbors, friends, and anyone to whom he was recommended.
Dad and Mom retired from farming in 2004 and rented out the land. They remained on the farm until 2007 when they were able to buy their “dream house” in Dauphin. Looking out the patio door, they could see farmland stretch out which made the transition from the farm to town quite a bit easier.
Dad and Mom spent many years volunteering with Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival. They could be found at the information booth directing traffic and helping newcomers and even seasoned veterans to the festival find exactly what they needed or where to find that special souvenir. After that, you would find “the perogy princess and grill master” at the Knights of Columbus booth, cooking up a storm and feeding hundreds of hungry festival patrons. Dad spent many years involved with many different organizations. He was one of the first members of the Intermountain Handgun Club where he enjoyed spending time target practicing. He was involved for many years with The Knights of Columbus in Dauphin. Dad’s deep faith had him involved deeply with the church. He served in Gilbert Plains with Father Darren Kawiuk and then with Father Oleg Bodnarski in Gilbert Plains and in Dauphin as well. You could find him serving at every funeral, Sundays, and pretty much anytime he was asked. He rarely said no.
Mom and Dad received the greatest blessings of their lives in their grandchildren and great grandchildren. They cherished all the trips to the farm that the girls would make, for Easter, birthdays, Christmases, and anytime that they could get there. Summers were always fun as they got to parade the girls around so proudly to all their neighbors and friends. The girls loved their Dido and will cherish memories of him playing cards with them and pulling off wood ticks while they screamed liked banshees. Most importantly he made sure they knew no matter what, he loved them.
Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 63 years, Tillie, sons Peter and Kevin (Cindy); granddaughters, Kelly and Dayna (Dustin) Shand and his great grandsons Luca Dohan, Jackson and Parker Shand; brother Donald (Margaret); numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. He was predeceased by his parents Peter and Sophie, brothers Stephen and Eugene, sisters Agnes and Marie, niece Shelley and granddaughter Erin.
A public come and go viewing was offered on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 7 - 8 p.m. so friends and family can pay their respects, from Sneath-Strilchuk Family Care Centre with current public health protocols being followed. A Private Funeral Service was held on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 10:00 am from Sneath-Strilchuk Family Care Centre in Dauphin, MB with Rev. Father Oleg Bodnarski officiating.
The service was live streamed from this page. You may access it by going to Sneath Strilchuk Funeral Home's website homepage and clicking on the Facebook icon which will redirect you to the Sneath-Strilchuk Facebook page. You do not require a Facebook account to participate.
Interment followed in Riverside Cemetery in Dauphin, MB. Pallbearers are Albert Puchailo, Fred Chetyrbok, Michael Marcynuk, Peter Dubek, Alexander Deczycia and Ernie Deczycia.
Honourary Pallbearers are Karl Dohan, Ken Dohan, Dan Dohan, Glenn Oleksuk, Rob Obirek, Brian Deczycia, Gerald Deczycia, Charlie Bancarz, Brian Marcynuk, Charles Yeo, Albert Dohan and Bill Dohan, Don Dohan, Brian Deczycia, Bob Parker
Should family and friends so desire, donations in memory of Ivan may be made to the Knights of Columbus Council # 3497 Box 399 Dauphin, MB R7N 2V2
or the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood c/o 56 Centennial Drive Dauphin, MB R7N 2W9 or to a charity of one's choice.
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