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Keith Wellington Wark
May 15, 1949 ~ December 15, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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With great sorrow and heavy hearts, we share the passing of Keith Wellington Wark of Minnedosa at the age of 74. Keith was born May 15, 1949, to Bert and Addie Wark of Bethany. Keith grew up Northeast of Bethany on the family farm and took his schooling at Bethany Consolidated and Minnedosa. In 1973, Keith married the love of his life, Judy Elaine Hyde of Basswood. They moved to the home farm in 1974 where Keith farmed and worked for the CPR. They welcomed their only child Jason in 1979. Keith, not able to escape the whims of a struggling farm economy in the early 80’s, made the choice, and a move was made to Minnedosa. Keith took up employment as a mechanic at Bayes Equipment, a position he talked about often and fondly. With Bayes moving to a Neepawa-only location, Keith began his 25-year employment with the Manitoba Department of Highways. He enjoyed the people there and the late-day Department of Holidays card games.
Keith's true passion throughout his entire life was farming. He helped his cousin Leonard Wark for nearly 30 years until Leonard’s untimely passing in 2015, then transitioned into helping his son Jason's growing farm operation up until Keith’s passing. Trying to keep Keith out of equipment, no matter how sick he was, was damn near impossible as we found out. Over the years, Keith enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, cards at Dick’s, and most importantly ……. spending time with Judy. He was always very close with his family and was nearly inseparable from brothers Alvin, Arden, and Brother-in-Law Don Shorrock. Keith's smile, laugh, horrendous yield predictions, and honest opinions to keep a guy grounded, will surely be missed!
Keith was predeceased by parents Bert and Addie Wark, loving wife Judy Wark, mother and Father-in-Law Jack and Pearl Hyde, sisters Jeanette and Ena Wark, Brother and Sister-in-Law Arden and Karen Wark, and Brother-in-Law Don Shorrock. Keith leaves behind son Jason (Tara-Dawn) Wark, grandchildren, Abby-Jo, Carter, and Emily Wark, brother Alvin (Lola) Wark, sister Donna Shorrock, Brother-in-Law Dean (Sharlene) Hyde, Sister-in-Laws Cindy (Doug) Sigvaldason, Melinda Magee, and Jackie Hyde. Also, many nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank the staff at Minnedosa Hospital for the care and compassion shown to Keith, and to Kendra Wark for all her support and knowledge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Minnedosa Palliative Care Unit. A private family service will take place at a later date.