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CHERNIPESKI - Mr. Victor Chernipeski of Yorkton, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home (Orkney House) on Monday, March 7th, 2022... Read More
CHERNIPESKI - Mr. Victor Chernipeski of Yorkton, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the Yorkton & District Nursing Home (Orkney House) on Monday, March 7th, 2022 at the age of 88.
Victor was born near the village of Theodore in Saskatchewan on April 5, 1933. He was the 7th child in a family of 12 children born to Steven and Agolfia (nee Maleschuk) Chernipeski.
He attended elementary school in Theodore. It took him one year to learn English as the family spoke Ukrainian at home. He didn’t learn grade one until the second year. In his younger years he helped his mother around the house while his older brothers helped their dad in the fields. Victor started working at the age of 14 for a farmer, he was itching to have money in his pocket.
He was always fascinated with trucks and started working with the Chernipeski Bros. They mostly hauled dirt and gravel for city streets and highways. Victor was a self taught aggregate miner, and became a local glacial deposit expert, because he was always searching for gravel deposits. He wore out 5 dump trucks in his lifetime, buying and selling sand, gravel and topsoil. His very first truck, he built the dump box out of wood. His first job was at the Regina Airport expanding the air strip in the early 1950’s.
He loved music. Sometimes his father would sit him on the counter when he was very small and sing Ukrainian folk songs to him. His first instrument was the violin which he ordered from the sears catalogue as a kit and put together when he was around 7. He often commented on how patient and kind his mother must have been to never complain about his screechy practices which were probably hours on end from the second floor balcony of the farmhouse. He later learned the guitar, and when his joints became too stiff to play guitar, he bought a baby grand piano to learn hymns on.
As a child he was inventive and was often playing with toys that he had made himself. His green thumb was probably nurtured by his mother.
Victor joined the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in his early 20’s and because of his strong faith in God he was able to give up his destructive habits of smoking and drinking.
Victor met Marjorie Brockman in 1963 in Ontario where Marjorie was employed as a nurse. They got married August 19, 1968 in Loma Linda, California. They made their home in Yorkton where Victor was already established. They raised their 4 children, Gary, Rhondalee, Bradley and Kathy.
Victor enjoyed nature and often tamed certain birds and squirrels to eat out of his hand. He also enjoyed taking his children out for nature walks for the entire afternoon on Saturdays. He found and kept extraordinary fossils and beautiful rocks on his journeys. He was a “rock hound” and loved to show them off.
Victor is preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Agolfia Chernipeski; his sisters, Mary, Anne (Harry) Knight and Kay (Tony) Manchur; his brothers, Nick (Lois), Harvey and Ivon; his nephew, Howard; great nephews, David and Calvin; and great niece Teanda.
Victor is survived by his former wife Marjorie Chernipeski; four children and their partners, Gary (Kelly) and their two children, Rayeden and Mckenna; Rhondalee and her daughter, Tearra (Brett) and their daughter, Valeria; Bradley (Heather) and their children, Morrison & Bella; Kathy (David) and their daughter, Anna. He is also survived by one sister Emilie and his brothers Mike (Bernice), Alex (Adele), Edward and Steven (Marina); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A family prayer service was held on Thursday, March 10, 2022 in the Chapel of Bailey’s Funeral Home in Yorkton with Pastor Ron Marshall of the Yorkton Seventh Day Adventist Church officiating. Tributes and Words of Remembrance were shared by Rhondalee and Kathy. The interment followed in St. Mary’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Theodore District with Russ Henderson, David Willis, Brian Chernipeski, Chris Chernipeski,
Steven Chernipeski and Darcy Chernipeski serving as the casket bearers. Condolences to the family can be posted at baileysfuneralhome.com
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