In Memory of




Obituary for Jacob James Barkman

After battling cancer, Jake Barkman was unexpectedly called home to his Lord and Saviour on Thursday, August 3, 2023.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Ruby; children, Sarah, Adam, and Andrew; brothers, Ben (Phyllis) and Cornie (Erna); sisters, Elma (Pete) Reimer, Tina Thiessen, Margaret (Neil) Reimer, and Orla (Martin) Loeppky; in-laws, Dave (Mary) Brandt and Arlene Barkman; Ruby’s siblings, and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Jake was predeceased by his parents Jacob and Anna Barkman; siblings, Adeline Brandt, Melvin, Abe, Werner, and Anna; and several in-laws.

Jacob James Barkman was born on July 10, 1950 in Steinbach, Manitoba. In 1952, when Jake was 2, his family moved to a new farmstead north of Riverton, Manitoba. Jake would eventually buy the farm from his parents and lived there for the remainder of his 73 years.

On November 25, 1978, Jake accepted Jesus as his Saviour and was baptized in the Mennville EMC Church on February 18, 1979.

On July 11, 1987, Jake married Ruby Plett whom he met at Bible Study after Ruby came to Mennville to teach school. They were married for 36 years and had 3 children.

In July 2018, Jake was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent radiation treatments in October 2021. In April 2023, he was diagnosed with lymphoma and was undergoing chemo treatments at the time of his passing.

Jake’s family wishes to thank the nurses at the Gimli Cancer Care for their kind treatment through his cancer journey. We also deeply appreciate and thank our family and church for their gracious support and many prayers during the last few months.

Viewing will be Tuesday, August 8, 2023 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main St., Winnipeg.

Memorial Service at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at Menville EMC, Riverton, MB. Private interment at Menville EMC Cemetery.

To watch the service click link below.
Jacob Barkman Service

If friends desire, donations can be made to Beaver Creek Bible Camp.