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Obituary for Lorlie Allan Barkman

Lorlie Allan Barkman

Peacefully in his sleep, at the age of 81 years, Lorlie Allan Barkman passed away into the arms of his Creator with family at his side on Friday, November 11, 2022 in Winkler, Manitoba.

Lorlie will be remembered as a much-cherished husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend to many.

In his professional life he was a gifted communicator, story-teller, artist and pastor who loved God and whose passion was people and putting relationships first. At home he was a skilled and dedicated caregiver taking a genuine interest in each person, supporting, nurturing and enjoying everyone.

Lorlie was born to Albert and Mary Barkman on May 11, 1941 in Flowing Well, Saskatchewan. Together with sister, Melba and brothers, Ellwood and Dwayne, he had wonderful stories of being raised on the family farm. In 1960 he left it for Bethany Bible Institute in Hepburn, SK to study theology and where he got the call to be a pastor. Here he met Deanna Wall from Borden, SK the lovely young lady who gave up nursing school to become his wife. Lorlie and Deanna began their 57 year marriage in Moose Jaw, SK where they were pastor couple at Regal Heights MB Church. They welcomed 3 children, Barry, Bonnah and Christy and then moved on to Winnipeg, Manitoba where Lorlie began a new career with Family Life Network producing the children’s television show, The Third Story. These were special years and special people at FLN.

In 1990, Lorlie returned to full time church work as lead pastor of Westwood Community Church. Over his many years of ministry he enjoyed conducting marriage preparation classes, wedding ceremonies and funeral services in addition to the Sunday morning services, incorporating his unique storytelling and drawing methods. He lived by this motto “Be ready to preach, pray, sing or die at a moments notice.” WCC was not just a workplace but truly a church family.

During Lorlie’s retirement, his hobbies included singing gospel country songs with “The Brothers” and telling stories and drawing cartoons in care homes. It was a great joy for him to connect with people, to “draw out” memories from seniors experiencing dementia. His book “Remember Dad?” is a collection of stories and artwork that tell of his father’s journey through memory loss. One of his favourite verses was Psalm 139:14 “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!” With people experiencing dementia, Lorlie focused on their individual complexity and value. He watched for moments of clarity, like “the curtains being drawn open” and then how he celebrated those moments! Lorlie has now completed his own journey through memory loss. This legacy of Lorlie’s remains; to see the unique, God given beauty in every individual, at every stage of life.

Lorlie leaves behind his dear wife Deanna, son Barry (Carrie); daughters, Bonnah (Derrick) and Christy (Dave); grandchildren, Mae, Kate, Hudson, Finn, Bo, Hallie (Seth), Matteo, Indiana, Restonn and Rhythm; and brothers, Ellwood (Anne), Dwayne (Irma) and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was predeceased by parents, Albert and Mary, brother-in-law Roland and sister Melba.

Our heartfelt thanks to Silver Lining Care and The Villages for their exceptional care and love. Dad, we will remember you for being wonderfully complex right to the very end. You will be dearly missed.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2022 at Westwood Community Church, 401 Westwood Dr, Winnipeg, with viewing prior. Cremation to follow. Interment to be conducted at a later date.

To join the on-line celebration of life Funeral Service Zoom:

Meeting ID: 826 1879 7749
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