Klassen Funeral Home


Mr. Donald William Poetker

22 January, 194822 November, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our father, Donald Poetker on November 22, 2020 at Deer Lodge Centre.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Ashley (Scott), Crystal (Ryan); granddaughters Savannah and Mylie; brothers Rudy (Allison), Dennis (Lillian); nephews Mark, Brian, Jon and Kevin; nieces Jocelyn and Amy. Don was predeceased by his father Bill, mother Betty and brother Robert.

After graduating from River East Collegiate in 1966, Don continued his education at Red River College and obtained his Business Administration diploma in 1972. He then went on to obtain his CMA certification in 1978 to start his career in accounting. While Don held many positions in the accounting industry, he settled into a long career with Canada Revenue Agency as a GST auditor. After 17 years of dedicated service, Don retired from CRA in 2008.

As Dons family was deeply rooted in East Kildonan, it was only fitting that Don place his own roots there too. His home was his castle with his bountiful backyard garden being his pride and joy. His natural green thumb filled his yard with roses as beautiful as can be, Tomato plants that grew as tall as 6 feet some years and an abundant amount of cucumbers, just to name a few.

Although Don was a man of few words, it was evident that he had two loves in his life-The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and his family. The moments we shared as a family around the kitchen table are memories that we will hold close to our hearts for a lifetime.

Due to COVID restrictions, A private graveside burial service will be held at 1pm, Monday November 30th at Brookside Cemetery. Friends and relatives are invited to view his service via Facebook live on Klassen Funeral Home’s page.

A special thank you to the staff from 4E, at Deer Lodge Centre. You made his final weeks as comfortable as possible in such a challenging time. Your endless patience and kind hearts in his final days will not be forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dons memory to Canadian Diabetes or the Alzheimers Society of Manitoba.

We love you Bud!


Mr. Donald William Poetker

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Ed & Leslee Strauman

29 November 2020

We would like to send our thoughts and prayers in the loss of your loved one . I remember, as a kid, hanging out with Dennis.... all the great times we had in your basement playing our favourite games and air band tunes. I also remember when Donald would come down into the basement and wonder what the heck we were doing he would shake his head and walk away. These were the great times when we lived across the back lane in North Kildonan.

Ed & Leslee Strauman