David Puritch

David Puritch

Sunday, March 6th, 1949 - Friday, July 10th, 2020
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PURITCH - It is with sad and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather, David Puritch on Friday, July 10, 2020 at the Regina General Hospital. He was 71 years of age.

David Alexander Puritch was born on March 6, 1949 in Yorkton. He was the youngest son of John and Katie (nee Elaschuk) Puritch. David attended Chaucer and Loyal, one-room, country schools. Early in his teens, he began helping his father with the farm work. Dave had a keen interest in tractors, machines and especially in the brand-new 1/2 ton truck that his dad had recently purchased. He became a proficient welder-a skill that he later shared with his sons. He owned and operated heavy equipment for quite a few years.

Dave married Susan Holowka on November 28, 1981. They made their home in Yorkton and Dave continued to farm and operate heavy equipment while Susan worked as a nurse. They were blessed with 3 children: Jeffrey, Jami, and Ryan. The absolute highlight of his life was the birth of his 2 grandchildren - Benjermin in 2016 and Bailee in 2018 (or Sir and Poopsie as he called them). He made sure he bought them each a gator or jeep so they could rip around their acreage.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was especially happy when his kids were old enough to join him on his adventures. He purchased a big stable boat when the kids were younger so that they wouldn't fall overboard and taught each one how to catch the biggest fish and then how to fillet them and cook them over the open fire. Every summer, he rented a cabin at Madge Lake and the family enjoyed boating, fishing, tubing and swimming.

He valued his farm and the home quarter was the original Puritch homestead since 1903. Now it will be passed on to the next generation of Puritchs'.

He retired from farming in the late 1990's and rented out the land but he couldn't stay away from farming. He went to work for other farmers, most recently Rathgeber Farms operating combine and picking stones. He worked up until 2019. He was looking forward to the 2020 season.
He was predeceased by his father, John Puritch (1981), mother, Katie Puritch (1996), sister, Rose O'Mulrey (2001), brother, Alex Puritch (2005), and sister, Ruth Kulaway (2009). He was also predeceased by his brothers-in-law Kelly Ryczak (2004), Norm O'Mulrey and Alvin Gross (2018) and father-in-law Marion Holowka (2014).

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Susan, son Jeffrey (wife Lisa, who Dave referred to as his favourite daughter-in-law) and grandchildren Benjermin and Bailee, daughter Jami, and son Ryan. He is also survived by his sister Mary Gross, sisters-in-law Lorraine Puritch and Karen Ryczak, brother-in-law Ed Kulaway, mother-in-law Lorraine Holowka and numerous nieces and nephews and many good friends.
He was loved by many and will be very missed and remembered fondly.

The Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Crystal Bailey, Certified Celebrant officiating. Words of Remembrance were conveyed by Lisa Puritch. The musical selections included in the service were Amazing Grace, Peace In The Valley, Drink A Beer and I Wished Grandpas Never Died. The interment took place in the Garden of St. Matthew at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Jeffrey Puritch, Ryan Puritch, Rylan Brezinski, Damian Fatteicher, Neil Rathgeber and Roger Kulaway serving as the casket bearers. Memorials maybe made to Yorkton Paws & Claws or Yorkton SPCA as gifts of remembrance. Condolences can be sent to the family at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 | 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre
    Highway #10 East
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    Physical distancing and public health guidelines will be observed.
  • Service

    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 3:00pm
    Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre
    Highway #10 East
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    Crystal Bailey, Certified Celebrant
  • Interment

    Yorkton Memorial Gardens
    Highway #10 East
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Lisa Ruf

Posted at 03:53pm
To Susan, Jeff, Ryan and my dear friend Jami... my most heartfelt sympathies are extended to you all. May the many good memories you have of Dave/Dad bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Lorne & Terri Brischuk

Posted at 10:51pm
We have been neighbours with Dave and Susan for the last 18 years. We just found out today of Dave’s passing. Dave was a wonderful neighbour and always had a joke or story to share. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to Susan, Jeffery, Jami, Ryan and your families. May we meet him again on the other side

Jo-Anne (Stenka) Fritter

Posted at 12:43pm
Dear Susan and family,
Words cannot express enough, how truly sorry I am to hear of David's passing. May God's Blessings be with You All.
Love, Jo-Anne (Stenka) Fritter and Family xoxo


Posted at 02:19pm
Dear Susan and family, Susan my cousin, although its been a long while since we have seen each other, i often think of all the wonderful times we all had as cousins! Many have not had that . Dave had a great sense of humour and chuckle. I had respect him as a person. He was your love! Remembering Dave driving around Regina and all of us getting silly... May the support of family and friends help carry u thru this deeply sad and difficult time. Love Charlene xo

Shelley Williamson

Posted at 05:45pm
So sorry to hear of Dave's passing Susan, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Shelley Williamson (Calanchie)

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