Our Dad, Wesley Peter Goossen, was born in Steinbach, Manitoba, on May 18,
1951, to Frank R. and Margaret (Friesen) Goossen. He peacefully passed away
on August 18, 2017, in Fort Vermilion, Alberta, after his battle with liver disease
Dad grew up on the family farm with his two sisters and four brothers. He attended
school in the Greenland, Manitoba, area. After he was finished his schooling,
drywalling became his choice of work. After his best friend died from cancer,
he decided to change his life and committed it to the Lord. He was baptized into
the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, on July 22, 1973, by Min. Ed Barkman.
Life was not always easy for him and there were many ups and downs.
Dad’s career as a drywaller allowed him to travel, moving from Manitoba to
Calgary, Alberta, with his brother Berton, eventually ending up on Vancouver
Island. There he met our mother, Corinne Rickman. They married on October 8,
1982, settled down, and had five wonderful children. Even though they separated,
they still cared about each other. As his sons, Greg and Dwayne, got older they
became his business partners and drywalled with their dad for many years. Some
of our fondest memories during our childhood are when we were camping with
Dad. Dad was so young at heart and always joined in any game or sport with us,
creating some very special memories.
Dad was a very special man and is known for his sense of humour, and witty
personality. He always wanted the best for us, and wanted to buy us all homes after
he one day would win the lottery. That was one of the many dreams he would
always tell us about. He was very much a dreamer and always had a creative idea
for anything even if we didn’t agree.
In 2012, Dad moved to Fort Vermilion, Alberta, to live with his oldest son,
Greg. He was not always well, but he still continued working, always a perfectionist
at what he did. He also enjoyed being with his sister’s family and they quickly
became his own. He enjoyed helping on the farm and in the field, always praising
the cooks for the good meals. He loved getting together with family, and each one
was special to him. The last five years, as his health slowly declined, there was
a noticeable softening in his heart, and we knew he wanted to make heaven his
home. As he sensed his days drawing to a close, he assured us he had made peace
with the Lord and he longed to go. The night before he died, as we were gathered
in his room singing “To the river I am going…”, he joined in, singing every word.
We are so thankful God loves him even more than we do.
Dad leaves behind his five children whom he loved dearly, and who will miss
him very much: Helena, Calgary, Alberta; Jennifer and her fiancé, Mike Dojack,
Calgary, Alberta; Gregory, Fort Vermilion, Alberta; Dwayne and Kyle, Calgary,
Alberta. His sisters and brothers left to mourn: Larry and Joyce, Ste. Anne, Manitoba;
Phyllis and Richard Wiebe, Steinbach, Manitoba; Joyce and Cecil Isaac,
Fort Vermilion, Alberta; Delbert and Faye, Randolph, Manitoba; one sister-inlaw,
Olga Goossen, Steinbach, Manitoba. Also mourning are many nieces and
nephews who were special to him and who loved him dearly. He was predeceased
by his parents and two brothers, Donald and Berton.