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Official Obituary of

Larry Oakman

Larry Oakman Obituary

Larry Dale Oakman, 81, formerly of Stewart Valley, passed away peacefully at Cypress House care home in Swift Current on March 4, 2024. Larry was born on April 15, 1942, the youngest of three children, and grew up on the family farm east of Stewart Valley. Music was a big part of Larry’s life. He sang and played various instruments including guitar, mandolin, and drums. He began by playing with his parents at dances and played in bands with many other friends. From 1961 to 1985 he played drums and sang backup with the Art Wallman band, traveling for miles around in all kinds of weather to play for weddings and community dances. In later years he especially enjoyed singing with his daughter Lesley, and together they brought many smiles and toe-taps to care homes and community events. Larry married the love of his life, Merrilyn (Lyn) Hunter, on June 15, 1968, and they began farming his grandfather’s homestead west of Stewart Valley. They raised two children, Darren and Lesley, in a loving home, giving them both roots and wings and the confidence to do anything they put their minds to. Larry was active in the community in many ways, including serving as General Leader of the North Star 4-H Club, serving on the Stewart Valley history book committee, and leading hymn sings at the Stewart Valley United Church. In 2004 he and Lyn sold the cattle herd and they were able to spend more time travelling across western Canada, Ottawa, the USA, and Ireland. In 2010 they celebrated the 100th year of the family farmstead, then in 2011 retired into Swift Current. Health problems for both soon limited their planned retirement travels. After several years of battling cancer, Lyn passed away in April 2017, then Lesley was also diagnosed with cancer and passed away in January 2020. In mid-2023 Larry’s health sharply declined and he moved into the Cypress House care home, where he passed away. Larry was predeceased by his parents Ernie & Agnes Oakman, sister Barb Lopeter and her husband Richard, wife Lyn, and daughter Lesley. He leaves to mourn son Darren and his wife Desiree, and granddaughter Catharine, of Houston Texas; brother Brian (Joyce) of Swift Current; sister-in-law Carol (Howard) Clark of Regina; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Donations in Larry’s memory to the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency, 200 – 4545 Parliament Ave, Regina, SK, S4W 0G3, or a charity of choice would be appreciated.

Funeral service will be held on March 14, 2024, at 2:00 PM, from the First United Church in Swift Current, followed by interment next to Lyn and Lesley at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Warren’s Funeral Home, for further information please call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.

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Services

Memorial Service
Thursday
March 14, 2024

2:00 PM
First United Church
223 3rd Ave. N.E.
Swift Current, SK S9H 2G6

Video is available for this event


Donations

Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan
200 - 4545 Parliament Ave, Regina SK S4W 0G3

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