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Memorable Manitobans: David D. Duerksen (1923-2006)

Educator.

Born in Russia on 11 May 1923, he immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of two. The son of a rural teacher and Mennonite Minister, he grew up and resided in various towns around Manitoba as his fathers career developed. He became an educator and began work in 1942, including teaching in rural Manitoba at Wingham School (1951-1955, Principal 1953-1955) before moving to Winnipeg. There, he taught at Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute (two years) and within the Seven Oaks School Division at Edmund Partridge Junior High and West Kildonan Collegiate. He also taught one year at Yarrow, British Columbia, and retired around 1983. He was an active cyclist, poet, and public speaker until suffering a stroke at the age of 68. He and his wife, Elfrieda, married on 17 July 1954 and had four children. He died at the Bethania Mennonite Personal Care Home in Winnipeg on 10 December 2006 and was buried in the Green Acres Memorial Gardens.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 December 2006, page 31.

Mosiman family tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 18 September 2018

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