Leppky, James (Jim) David, 72 years of age, died accidentally on July 7th, 2020. He was born in Steinbach Mb. on August 22nd, 1947, the son of Peter and Susan Leppky. At the age of 16, he joined the work force as a heavy equipment operator. One of his first jobs was building the world famous Red River Floodway. When he was about 14 years old, he saw a young girl hoeing sugar beets on a field not far from his home. He told himself, “one day I will marry that girl,” and so he did. On November 8th, 1968, he married his sweetheart, Barbara Braun. They made their home on the Leppky homestead in Tourond Manitoba. Together, they had 3 beautiful children - Patricia (Ron Wiebe), Trevor (Annalie) and Jeffrey (Laurie).
In 1989, Jim decided to purchase his first few head of buffalo. It didn’t take long before he realized, buffalo ranching was his passion. In 1996, Jim and Barb sold the farm in Tourond and moved to a farm not far from Togo, Saskatchewan and followed their dream of raising buffalo. In addition to running his own farm he began working for the neighbors, George and his son Loren Haleriwich. They developed quite a strong bond. He was helping George repair machinery for his upcoming auction when tragedy struck.
Surviving, in addition to his wife and children, are 8 grandchildren – Ryan, Justin, Cole, Anna, William, Genessa (Andy), Chandra (Ryan) and Nick – 3 great grandchildren – Jack, Hudson and Ellie - sister, Debra (Clay) - and one brother, Murray (Grace), and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by both his parents and one brother, Kenneth (Roberta Wiebe). The family would like to thank the staff at NairnChyz-Wolkowski Funeral Service of Roblin Mb, for their compassion and kindness during our difficult time.
A Celebration of Life will take place at a future date in both Togo, Saskatchewan and Grunthal, Manitoba to honor the life of Jim. For more information or to leave a note of condolence for the family, please visit NairnChyzWolkowski.ca
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