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Ogest YakimishynDecember 26, 2017
Yakimishyn, Barry Ogest Joseph, December 24, 1931 – December 26, 2017, lovingly remembered as “Gus”, was born in the Rural Municipality of Roblin, Manitoba. Ogest was born on the farm only a couple of miles away from where he would eventually buy his own land and where he would live for the rest of his life.
Ogest was a first generation Canadian, one of seven children born to John and Mary (Styka) Yakimishyn who immigrated to Canada from Ukraine in search of a better life for themselves and their children. Ogest was born December 24, 1931 and was raised during the Dirty 30’s, a time of great hardship in Canada and was especially difficult for those in the farming community. It was a time when only the toughest, most stubborn, hardest working men, women, and children could make a living from the land. In many ways Ogest was a product of those tough times. Those who knew him would agree that Ogest was one of the toughest, most stubborn hardest working men they ever met. Not only did he farm full time, he also worked full time for Manitoba Hydro as a lineman, not an easy job. He worked with Manitoba Hydro for 25 years until his retirement. But despite a successful career with Hydro, he always saw himself as a farmer first and foremost.
Ogest was always down to earth and matter of fact. At times he could be loud and grouchy, he was known to swear and tell it like it is, and never sugar coated anything. Ogest was never concerned about how others might see him. He would never pretend to be someone he wasn`t. He was who he was. He was Gus and there will never be another like him.
He will be remembered and mourned by friends and family especially his daughter Kyla whom he loved dearly; brothers Fred (Ruth) and Paul (Jane); sisters Sophie and Anne; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ogest was predeceased by his sister Elizabeth and brother Bill.
Visitation and funeral service was held Friday, January 5, 2018, from Knox United Church in Roblin, Manitoba with Reverend Jenny Sprong officiating. Interment followed at the Roblin District Cemetery. Those who so wish may make memorial contributions to Diabetes Canada as tokens of remembrance. To leave a note of condolence for the family, please visit Nairn-chyzfuneralhome.com