|Birth: ||Oct. 30, 1937|
|Death: ||Dec. 20, 2000|
Mr. Eddy Betker, beloved husband of Lorraine Betker of Yorkton, passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at the Regina General Hospital following a brief illness. He was 63 years of age. Edwin Gordon Betker was born on October 30, 1937 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, a son of Daniel and Bertha (nee Bittner) Betker. Eddy, or Puzzy, as he was affectionately known, was a lifetime resident of Yorkton. He received his education at Burke School and the Yorkton Collegiate Institute. As a young man Ed began work at the Yorkton Enterprise as an apprentice typesetter. On June 24, 1961 he was united in marriage to Lorraine Koroluk. Through a strong work ethic, Ed eventually moved up to the position of Production Manager. Later, he teamed up with Bob Thom and Dick DeRyk to establish a new weekly newspaper, Yorkton This Week. The newspaper was eventually sold to Armadale Communications. Retired in his early 50s, Ed kept himself busy. He honed his fishing, golfing, cooking and housekeeping skills and took great pride in growing the sweetest tomatoes on earth. He loved to read and was often seen bargain hunting at garage sales. He spent much time outside in the yard and at the lake. What kept him busiest though were his grandchildren. Taking kids to the park, teaching them to skate, going sledding, boating, fishing and swimming kept him busy but he loved every minute. A friendly, outgoing individual, Ed greatly enjoyed the company of his family and many friends. He always had a smile and a joke and was good company to many. Ed had been a member of the Yorkton Jaycees and had been a canvasser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as for other worthwhile organizations. Ed recently underwent surgery at the Regina General Hospital. Unfortunately, complications set in and his condition worsened.
He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Lorraine, daughter Lauren (Thomas) Hearn of Telkwa, BC; sons Glenn (Lynda) of Yorkton, and Corey (fiance Lori Ruf) of Saskatoon and their families Miles and Jayne Hearn, Garrett and Laura Betker and Drew and Brady Holman; also two sisters, Elsie Much of Cochrane AB and Sylvia Evert of Regina, and their families. Ed was predeceased by his parents Daniel and Bertha and by his brother William.
The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, December 23, 2000 from Westview United Church in Yorkton with Rev. Faye Greer officiating. The organist Sharon Litvanyi led members of the church choir and the congregation in the singing of the hymns Abide With Me, Softly and Tenderly and Amazing Grace. Family friend Kathleen Gibson gave a tribute. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Thom, Marlene Ross, Rose Gress, Ruth Loucks, Madeline Lange, Shirley Dereniski, Rev. Richard and Kathleen Gibson, Lawrence and Judy Matwijeczko and Eugene and Kay Kuemper. The interment followed in the Garden of St. Mark at the Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Graham Dixon, Byron Black, Bruce Lange, Art Loucks, Davin Evert and Mike Dereniski serving as the casketbearers. Arrangements were in care of Bailey's Funeral Home.
Yorkton Memorial Gardens
Yorkton Census Division
Plot: Garden of St. Mark
Created by: Mayflower Pilgrim 332
Record added: Jun 28, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54240461
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