John Siki Jr
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of John Siki Jr. at the Edson Long Term Care facility on December 27, 2022.
John was born in Usherville, Saskatchewan on June 23, 2022 to John & Irene Siki. He was the oldest sibling and looked out for his 7 younger sisters.
He grew up on the family farm south of Mistatim, Saskatchewan. During his school years his mom would put him on the family horse and then send him to school. When school was finished for the day, the teachers would saddle him up and send him back home.
John left home at an early age to pursue a living which included working for fish camps in northern Manitoba and eventually working in road construction with Potts Construction. Here he operated the equipment and here is where his real passion was found. He loved to repair the equipment more than operating them.
He eventually met Lorna Leblue in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan and was married on November 12, 1966. To this union, they raised 4 boys. The 4 boys are Don, Leroy, Richard and Dwayne. During this time, he left road construction and started as a heavy duty mechanic for Simpson Timber Co. in 1970. Around 1975, Simpson Timber sent him to school at the Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Here he obtained his Provincial Journeyman Certificate in Heavy Duty Repair. In 1977 he challenged his interprovincial ticket in Heavy Repair and was successful in passing it. John continued to work for Simpson Timber and also did numerous repairs for local farmers and bush contractors on the side. He worked hard during the week, but his weekends were always spent with the family hunting, fishing and camping.
Simpson Timber announced a mill closure in 1990, but he did not wait around for it to close. John and Lorna relocated to Edson, Alberta in 1989 where he began employment with Stonehouse Logging. Here he was their main mechanic
In 1992 he was hired by Weyerhauser OSB in Edson as a heavy duty mechanic until his retirement in 2012. During his retirement, he loved to hook onto their fifth wheel camper where he and Lorna would camp at the Jasper National Park. They especially loved the fall days in Jasper listening to the elk bugle. Plus the occasional fishing trips to Chip Lake and Long Lake.
In 2017, John was admitted to Edson Long Term Care Home facility due to his failing health until his passing recently.
John is survived by his wife Lorna, his sons Don (Don’s wife Carol and their kids Brandon and Brant), Leroy (Leroy’s wife Jennifer and their kids Tyrel and Orrin), Richard (Richard’s kids Tyler and Kendra) and Dwayne (Dwayne’s wife Renee and daughter Rumer). Plus John’s 7 sisters and their families. As well as a sister in law and brother in law Alice and David Biggs plus their family.
John’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the Edson Long Term Care facility for their excellent care that was given to John over the years.