Donald William Doepker
June 28, 1932 – February 9, 2024

Donald William Doepker was born June 28, 1932, in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. He was the tenth of twelve children born to Mary and Bernard Doepker. He took his education at Laurier School in Annaheim, SK, and after his school years he worked with his dad on the farm. Donald loved baseball, and it was at a sports day where he met the love of his life, Eileen. They were married on October 2nd, 1956, at St. James Church. They moved onto the Ben Doepker farm when his parents retired and moved to Annaheim. The farm and the Doepker brothers’ business, Doepker Industries Ltd., had become one enterprise, and Donald did the farming and helped at the shop as much as possible. Donald and Eilleen had three boys Randy, Russell, and Murray on the farm and then in 1963 moved the farmhouse to Annaheim where they had Michelle and Dean. As the family business continued to grow, Donald took on many different roles. He was a natural engineer and had a knack for figuring out how to make things work. He took pride in working with customers to develop and improve products. Donald retired in the fall of 1993, but forever continued to have interest in the business as he was the last of the founding members. Donald worked hard, but he also knew how to enjoy life. He loved camping, fishing, golfing, water-skiing, cross-country skiing, and spending time at the cabin at Marean Lake. In later years he developed a passion for woodworking, building sheds, tables, chairs, and bird houses. Donald and Eileen were inseparable. They spent many hours caring for their beautiful yard. They enjoyed having coffee on their deck, spending time feeding and watching the birds bathing in the water-run. Sharing time with family and friends was important. Donald was witty and loved to tease. Many memories were made around the fire pit in their backyard where everyone was welcome, and no one went home hungry. Donald will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by: his wife of 67 years Eileen Doepker; son Randy (Donna) Doepker and family: Cameron (Jennifer) Doepker, and their children, Charles and Peter; Lisa Doepker (Andrew) and their children: Brielle, Macy, and Davis; Amy (Rocky) Zdunich and their children: Dallys and Oakley; son Russel Doepker (Joyce Weigetz) and family: Kayla Norlin and children: Wynter and Zyan; Chadd Norlin (†) and his daughter Zoe; son Murray (Donelda) Doepker and family: Shalane (Nicholas) Katuski and their children: Cadence, Simon, Milo and Jasper; Rylan (Erika) Doepker and their children: Jackson and Charlie; Brody Doepker (Kelsey); daughter Michelle (Joe) Kovlaske and family: Kayla (Corbin) Dunford and their children: Lincoln and Georgia; Braeden Kovlaske; Andrea Kovlaske (Joshua); Brianna Kovlaske; Matthew Kovlaske; son Dean Doepker and family: Jacqueline (Jordan) Zslnka and their children Aiden, Brandt, and Harper; and Keaton Doepker (Kaelynn); in laws, Doris Doepker, Dan Revering, Vivian Doepker, Frankie and Gladys Hamilton. Melvin and Linda Weber, Val and Daniel Moulton; and large extended family of nieces, nephews and cousins. Donald is predeceased by: his parents Bernard and Mary (née Dauk) Doepker; and all of his eleven siblings. Prayers were held on Sunday, February 18, 2024, 7:00 St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Annaheim, SK, presided by Fr. Prosper Abotsi. Others taking part were Joshua Bergermann, scripture readers; and Kayla Dunford and Andrea Kovlaske, eulogists. The Funeral Mass was held at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Annaheim, SK on Monday, February 19, 2024, at 10:00 a.m., celebrated by Fr. Prosper Abotsi. Others taking part were: Randy, Russell, Murray & Dean Doepker; Laying of the Pall Amy Zdunich, cross bearer; Mastin Rohel & Claire Willenborg, altar servers; Shalane Katuski & Lisa Doepker, scripture readers; Kelsey Dutka & Jennifer Doepker, intentions; and Brianna Kovlaske & Jacqueline Zslnka, gift bearers. The active pall bearers were Brody Doepker, Braeden Kovlaske, Rylan Doepker, Corbin Dunford, Matthew Kovlaske, and Cameron Doepker. Interment took place at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Annaheim, SK, and the memorial luncheon followed at the Annaheim Community Hall. Memorial donations may be directed to Humboldt District Hospital Foundation - General Equipment Fund (P.O. Box 1740, Humboldt, SK, S0K 2A0, or St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Cemetery Fund (P.O. Box 120, Annaheim, SK, S0L 0G0).

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Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral & Cremation Services - Humboldt, Saskatchewan