Passed on September 20, 2021
It is with profound grief that we announce the passing of Andy Goertzen, on September 20, 2021, after a brief but valiant fight with cancer with his wife Debbi at his side.
Andy is survived by his wife of 46 years, Debbi (Trick); his children Karl and Kiersten (Brad) Olson; and three grandchildren Jessie, Hailey and his little buddy Colt. He also left behind his father Ben, siblings Henry, Laurie (Marjorie), Wes (Karen), Evie (Ron) and Lynn; 25 nieces and nephews and their families and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother Margaret in 2020.
Andy was born in Saskatoon on August 29, 1953. At the age of 3 he moved to St. Laurent where his family became engaged in cattle ranching. Early on, Andy was involved in music, learning guitar and steel guitar and playing in the Goertzen Family Gospel Band. During his youth he had opportunity to play his guitar in numerous churches, often catching the eye of some girl with his quick smile and gentle manner. In September 1974, during one such occasion at Stonewall Baptist Church, he met Debbi and they were married in that same church on June 7, 1975. Karl arrived in 1987 and Kiersten in 1992 and their family was complete. Andy adored his children and developed ever-lasting relationships with them both. He was always teaching them something, whether it be guitar, horse-back riding, caring for livestock, installing flooring or being a kind, honest, caring human being.
Andy had a steadfast faith in his Lord, Jesus Christ, and lived that faith quietly but was always willing to share His love and sacrifice. He shared his faith with both of his children and at tender ages they followed his example, and we are assured of meeting him again. In 2016, he became grandfather to two precious girls, followed by a grandson in 2020. One would think he had won the lottery! He cherished those little girls and they loved him. Colt and he bonded fast and hard and when he knew he was sick his biggest sorrow was knowing he would not be there to teach Colt to ride the lawnmower, hunt and fish and become a young man. Rest assured; Colt and his sisters will be ever reminded of their grandpa.
Andy’s work ethic was to be greatly admired. He worked in the ranching life for the early years of his marriage, which probably prompted his extensive collection of saddles and all things Western. In 1976, he worked with his uncle George installing carpet and quickly decided to become his own boss and established Goertzen Flooring, which he operated until his first cancer diagnosis in 2020. During this time, he also began a career in Trim and Finish at Air Canada, and then Aveos until 2012. Andy worked hard, but also enjoyed his work, as his fellow workers, employees and even his customers can attest to. He did such quality work and had fun doing it. He passed on his work ethic to both children as they learned along side of him.
Next to his family, Andy’s greatest love had to be music. His musical proficiency carried over into adulthood and he was sought out by other bands, gospel and country/western. He soon became the go-to for out-of-town bands needing a steel guitar player for gigs or for studio work. He played with many Manitoba bands, covering a host of musical styles from country, gospel, jazz, pop, rock and even polkas. He became a favorite at the many country dances around the Interlake and thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with those attending, sharing with them his ready smile and generous hugs.
Viewing will take place at New Life Church in Stonewall on Friday, October 1 at 8:00 pm . Private family internment will take place on Saturday, followed by the Celebration of Life at New Life Church at 3:00 pm. Please be aware that Covid Restrictions will be in place. In recognition of Andy’s love of music and his incredible talent, the service will be followed by a BYO-supper and jam session in the church parking lot.
Thank you to Drs. P. Ketawala and K. Graham; staff at Cancer Care Manitoba in Winnipeg and Selkirk; and the wonderful nursing staff at the Stonewall Hospital for their care and compassion during our journey.
Debbi I have just seen the obituary. I am so sorry to hear of Andy’s passing. Please pass my deepest condolences to your family and to Ben. Andy always had a smile to give to anyone who would stop and talked to him. François Henri Retired RCMP
My heart goes out to you Debbi, to your children & all your family!!! Andy is an amazing man of God. Who loved his family with all his heart♥️... and loved others as he God loved... the love of God flowed out of his inner most being. It reminds me of a song on your family album... “Drinking at the Springs of Living Water! Happy now am I, my soul is satisfied... wonderful & bountiful supply!!!” Andy truly lived it, always a smile full of God’s wonderful & bountiful supply!!! Our family & yours have been life-long friends♥️ My first memory is going to the Goertzen family farm. Andy & Wesley taking my family horseback riding & then the family singing in the livingroom. I also remember attending your wedding. My dad played lead guitar for the Faith Gospelaires for your wedding♥️ Such good memories ♥️ Music always brought us together over the years. Andy played guitar & pedal-steel guitar with Wesley on bass for me many, many times over the years. We played gospel music together at so many places ... Morden Corn & Apple festival, Churches, Concerts, Seniors Blocks, & Rodeos sharing the Love of Jesus. Andy & Debbi were always so encouraging to me♥️ Andy will be so missed here... but Heaven is rejoicing🙌♥️♥️♥️
Debbi and family Please accept our condolences. Andy was a really nice man, always smiling and quick with a comeback. He was a great guy to philosophize with over coffee Know that he made a difference with those who were lucky enough to know him
Jack and Sue Cieslar
Sincere sympathy to you, Debbi and family in the loss of Andy. I first met him as a young boy who was part of The GoertzenFamily Gospel Band. Playing music always seemed to bring a sparkle to his eyes,…very talented. His fine work ethic and skill showed in his Flooring business. May he Rest In Peace.🙏 Marie Cosens Craig
Marie Cosens Craig
Debbie and Family: I am so sorry to hear of Andy's passing. I worked with him at Air Canada and had the opportunity to play music with him on a few occasions. He was a real gentleman and all who met him were immediately drawn to him. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.
Debbie and Family Praying God’s peace and comfort give you strength and courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. Bob, Susan, Kristen (Brian) Peleck
Bob, Susan, Kristen (Brian) Peleck
Debbi and Family, Sorry to hear of the passing of Andy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time. Sincerely, Dean and Donna Couvier
Dean and Donna Couvier
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