Percy Doell was born July.26th 1946 at the old Bethel Hospital that was in Winkler. He grew up on a farm in the Winkler area for about 12 years. Percy was the second oldest, he grew up with two sisters and one brother and attended the Zion School in the country. He attended Sunday School in Burwalde when he was younger and then later attended the Kane Bergthaler Church where he was baptized in May of 1972. Percy and Marge attended the Lowe Farm Bergthaler Mennonite church for 30 years. He served as an usher as well as on the finance committee.
Percy met the love of his life in 1970. He was working at Kimberly Clark flax straw company with Peter, Marge’s brother. Peter brought Percy home one day and he met Marge. They dated for 1 year and 9 months, they were engaged in March of 1972 and were then married July.23, 1972 at the Winkler M.B church with Reverend Abram H officiating. Their first trip together was to Vancouver B.C and Banff for 2 weeks for their honeymoon which was the start to many vacations that followed.
In 1972 Percy and his wife Marge bought the family farm close to Sperling. They lived there with Percy’s parents until his parent’s home in Carman was ready for them.
In the following years they raised 5 children and taught each of them to follow Christ. Dad was a very hard worker. Farming was his life. Dad worked hard in the barns, field work, garden work and yard work. Dad would take each one of us kids on trips to the city with a load of pigs, if we were lucky we would get to eat at McDonalds. That was one-way Mom would get a break from us busy kids. When Dad would be out on the combine we would go for rides and for some of us, we would fall asleep in the little bunk. Dad loved each one of us so much.
Dad loved spending time with all of his family. We spent many weekends camping and going to the beach. He loved being out on the water or anywhere with nature. Dad would take the jet ski out on the water wearing his jeans rolled up, not caring that he never learned how to swim. Dad loved being with his grandchildren, holding them often and always ready with a candy in hand. He greeted his grandchildren with a playful snort, and when they would leave he would tell them “Keep your nose clean.”
In the year of 1999, Dad had a serious, life altering accident. Dad survived 7200 volts of electricity. He was burned on 35% of his body. God carried him through emotional and physical healing, and he was able to be a spiritual witness to many people. The doctor said he would be in a wheelchair the rest of his life, but God had more in life for him. Dad had so much determination to still help and be a part of the farm after his accident. Those that know him well would know all the stories of his will power. The promise that God will never leave or forsake him was what strengthened him.
In 2001, Dad and Mom retired to Winkler. Dad spent his mornings working at Meridian. They continued to enjoy camping and travelling with friends and family.
In 2011 Mom passed away. Dad struggled to continue life without her. He moved to Cedar Estates and then to Salem Home in 2013 as his health began to fail. After 7 years at Salem the Lord called him home.
Dad is survived by his children, son Kevin and wife Kristen along with their children Ashley (recently married to Fernando Neufeld), Ryan and Cameron of Sperling, son Jerry and wife Anna and their children Jordan and Brayden of Oak Bluff, son Edwin of Winkler, son Steven and wife Beverly and their children Kelsi, Adriane, Taylor and Adam of Kane, and daughter Jolene and husband Pete Peters and their children Myron, Marcus and Amalie of Winkler. He also leaves to mourn his sisters and brother; sister Dorothy and husband Bernie Friesen, brother Art and wife Tina Doell, and sister Evelyn Doell and their families.
He was predeceased by his father David C. Doell May. 14th, 1999 age 76, his brother in law Abe Unrau, his wife Margaret Doreen Doell on Friday April.22nd, 2011 at age 61 and his Mom Margaretha Doell Sunday November.22nd, 2020 at age 95.
God takes care of us and strengthens us each day. One of Dad’s favorite verses was “My body and mind may fail, but You are my strength and my choice forever.” Psalm 73 verse 26. He gave the Lord the praise and glory for all his life.