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John Hunko

John Hunko

Tuesday, July 8th, 1924 - Tuesday, August 25th, 2020
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HUNKO - John Hunko of Yorkton, beloved husband of the late Vicky Hunko entered eternal rest on August 25, 2020.
John was born on July 8, 1924 on the family farm at Burgis, SK. He was the youngest son of Alex and Sadie Hunko (Rusnak). John attended school for grades one to eight at West Wexford School until his family bought a section of land north of Stenen, SK. He completed High School and went on to Moose Jaw Normal School where he completed teaching classes and went on to teach at Erwood, Okla and Ormsby Schools. After three years of teaching John settled in Canora and took a job with B.A. Oil. It was during this time that he met the love of his life Vicky at a Crystal Lake Dance in May 1947. They were married July 24, 1948. They lived for several years in Canora before moving to Yorkton in 1950 where John worked for Atomic Transfer and CNR Freight. In 1953 their first son, Bob was born. John took a job with Canadian Oil as a fuel truck driver. He was transferred to Prince Albert in 1959 as a Sales Rep. It was there that their second child, Catherine was born. They came back to Yorkton in 1962 where John continued to work as a Sales Rep. for Shell Oil. In 1968 their last son, Greg was born to complete the family. John travelled extensively through north and south eastern Sask., for a total of 27 years before retiring at the age of 62. He continued to work a number of years after that at Yorkton Distributors before officially retiring.
John loved to go fishing, play soft ball, curl and golf. Once fully retired he and Vicky travelled from coast to coast in Canada, down to California and Colorado. They enjoyed visiting family all over and saw many sites along the way.
John and Vicky were members of St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church and raised their family in the faith. John was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Third and Fourth Degree. He was also active in the Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood as well as the A.C.T. He spent close to 23 years as the treasurer for St. Mary's Cultural Center where he and Vicky spent many days and evenings helping out at functions.
John was a loving husband and father. He was particularly devoted to Vicky as her health failed. He demonstrated such care and love as he dedicated his life to making her comfortable. When she passed, he continued to show his love for his family as he continually prayed and visited with family and friends.
His life, he often explained, was a miracle as many times he cheated death, from losing a kidney at 14, to his bypass surgery when he was 79 years old.
There at the Gates of Heaven to rejoice his homecoming was his beloved wife of 65 years, Vicky, his parents Alex and Sadie, Harry and Lena Kluk, his brothers Mike and Paul along with siblings Billy and Marusa who died in infancy, plus many family and friends who went before him.
His legacy lives on in his sister Ann Anaka, his children, Bob (Valerie), Greg (Wendy) of Regina and Catherine (John Shaw) of Littleton, CO. He was especially fond of his grandchildren, Lindsay (Shawn Hove) of Edmonton, Laura (Jeremy Gaboury) of Regina, David (Katey) of Calgary, Jennifer (Brandon Morris) of Brighton, CO., Michael (Tori Shaw) of Phoenix, AZ., Danielle and Brendan Hunko, Ashley Cronk of Regina, and Aaron Cronk of Squamish. His great-grandchildren will cherish his memory; Emmett and Wyatt Gaboury, Kyler and Emily Hove, Isabelle and Adelyn Hunko and Olivia and Ethan Morris.
Prayers were held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 and the Funeral Liturgy on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Yorkton with Rev. Father Yevhan Zadorozhnyi, C.Ss.R. as the Celebrant. The responses were led by Lorne Stechyshyn and choir members. The cross bearer was Danielle Hunko and the epistle reader was Laura Gaboury.
An Honour Guard was held consisting of Steve Popowich - Knights of Columbus, 3rd degree, Dave Spelay - Knights of Columbus - 4th degree, Glen Tymiak - Ukrainian Catholic Brotherhood and Michael Shaw - Unites States Marine Corp. The interment took place in the Yorkton City Cemetery with David Hunko, Brendan Hunko, James Kluk, David Kluk, Kevin Kluk and Barry Marianchuk as the casket bearers.
Condolences to the family can be posted at baileysfuneralhome.com
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  • Prayers

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 | 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 7:00pm
    Location
    St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
    Address
    155 Catherine St.
    YORKTON, SK S3N 0B9
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  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
    Address
    155 Catherine St.
    YORKTON, SK S3N 0B9
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  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church
    Address
    155 Catherine St.
    YORKTON, SK S3N 0B9
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  • Interment

    Location
    Yorkton City Cemetery
    Address
    King St. East
    YORKTON, SK
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Marianne Caine

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Bob, Cathy, Greg and families: My deepest condolence on the passing of your Dad and Grandpa. Treasure your memories of him and he will forever live on in your hearts. I have fond memories of our families visiting Good Spirit Lake, going on vacation, and having BBQ's. I will always remember your Dad's warmth and sense of humour. Marianne (nee Ratushniak) Caine, Edmonton
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Brandon, Jenn, Olivia and Ethan Morris

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We love you, grandpa. We will miss you until we see you and grandma again. I wish we could be there to say goodbye.
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Robin and Perry Robinson

Posted at 02:40pm
Sorry to hear of your dads passing life and time march on. But our memories of your dad mom and having the honor of spending family time with yours will always be in our hearts! Robin and Perry Robinson
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Harold & Carol, Dan & Collette, Ron & Marci , Marl

Posted at 11:24am
We all miss Uncle John. Rest assured his legacy is carried on with each of you! Our deepest condolences, Bob & Val, Cathy & John, and Greg & Wendy.
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I was sad to hear about the loss of Uncle John. I know you have a lot of great memories of him- I hope they comfort you. I”ll always cherish the memories I had with your family. Sending prayers to all of you.
Deborah Uhlow
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