It is with great sadness I announce the passing of Robert Norman Kauk at Roblin District Health Centre on Wednesday, September 22, 2021at the age of 91 years.
Norman was born on the family farm on July 4, 1930 to Valentine and Caroline (nee Eslinger) Kauk in the Zorra district Saskatchewan. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Grace Lutheran Church, Zorro. He attended school in Aorta. In 1971 Norman received a diploma from the North American School of Conservation in Newport Beach, California. His love of nature continued till his illness took over.
Work on the oil rigs in AB, BC and SK kept Norman busy till spring thaw for 15 winters. Then he would return to Zorra to farm till freeze-up. In 1975 Norman and Darlene nee Liske were married in Roblin, MB. Together they farmed and raised several "fur babies" who were their family. His interests were snowmobiling, feeding the birds in winter, building bird houses for the summer birds, hunting deer in fall, going for drives and countless hours spent in his shop where the radio was tuned to country music.
In his younger years he taught himself how to play guitar and harmonica. These were taken with him when returning to the rigs for jams with other co-workers to pass time off between shifts. Playing cards were fun times with family and friends. Western movies, war movies, anything to do with planes or ships were of interest to him and his favorite t.v. show, Nature of Things if it was about animals. His greatest past time was reading Zane Grey novels and others. Norman walked when weather allowed with the family dog and his little buddy Smokey, a cat who had a special bond with Norm.
Norman was predeased by his parents, Valentine and Caroline; brothers, Edgar, Carl, Arnold, Clifford, Ernest and Ronald. His sisters and brother-in law, Violet Pawliuk (Victor), Jean Fatteicher (Harold), Hilda Hamil (Jim), Hedy Petersen, father-in-law Edward Liske as well as three nephews.
Surviving Norman are his wife, Darlene; sister, Julia Vipond; brother-in-law, Ben Petersen, brother-in-law, Richard Liske (Gwen); mother-in-law, Hanna Liske as well as several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with the family wishes a service will be held at a later date.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of Robert may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Parkland Office.
It’s been a long time since we first felt the beginning to this end.
And today we pray before you; your family and your friends.
We’ve watched your thoughts get more obscure with every passing day;
As this heartless thing called Alzheimer’s made them fade away.
Gradually it took the gleam from those once so loving eyes.
To befall on such a giving man… it seemed so unjustified.
Stripping you of everything, leaving nothing in its place,
Except a look of sadness left upon your face.
As long as we have searched, through all the tears we’ve cried
We’ve tried to find the reason for this long good-bye.
But now it’s time to take back all your memories
As you are finally free from this cruel disease.
We pledge to remember the man that you once were;
A good-hearted, giving man is all that will be heard.
And every night when we look up and see a certain star
We will know within our hearts exactly where you are.
So on this day, we say good-bye as you now depart.
Although far from our touch, never far from our hearts.
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Alzheimer Society of Manitoba Parkland Office
Unit 3 - 118 Main Street North, Dauphin MB R7N 1C2