Rick Steven Shakotko

07/03/1958 - 12/02/2024


Obituary For Rick Steven Shakotko

March 7, 1958 – February 12, 2024

It is with very heavy hearts, we mournfully announce the passing of our husband, dad, and papa Rick Shakotko.

Rick was born in Benito, Manitoba, on March 7, 1958, and passed away February 12, 2024, in Grande Prairie, Alberta, after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.

Rick moved from Manitoba to Alberta at the age of 20 following his brother Ken. He would always tell us he wanted to move to Alberta because he loved the Alberta license plate. He would say it reminded him of a rich province. He then met his future wife of 43 years, Sandy, working on the highway near Valleyview. A short 6 months later they were married. Rick started his career as a heavy-duty mechanic working for Kenworth for 18 years. Later on, he became a Battery Operator and then ended his working career following his lifelong passion as a farmer. He enjoyed his cows and farming alfalfa.

Rick and Sandy had 3 beautiful children they raised in and around Wembley. In 1994, they found their dream home where they then lived for the next 30 years. You could find Rick driving around in his side by side, visiting the neighbours or anyone else he met along the way. Rick was a friend to all and never met a stranger. If you knew Rick, you knew he always had the best biggest smile. He loved the outdoors; hunting, quadding and sledding.

Rick is survived by the love of his life; Sandy, his 3 children; Ken (Larena), Courtney (Collin) and Mandy along with his 8 grandchildren; Tyson, Tyler, Lexzis, Karsten, Mylee, Markus, Mexen and Carter, as well as his brother Ken (Denise), and numerous dear friends.

Rick was predeceased by his parents Steve and Violette Shakotko, his two brothers; Reg and Rod Shakotko, and his mother and father-in-law Ken and Mae Reber.

We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the Grande Prairie Cancer Clinic and Points West hospice for their unconditional love and patience along the way.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 16, 2024, at 1:00 pm at the People’s Church Grande Prairie, 11850 108 St, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 8G5, followed by his interment in the City of Grande Prairie Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the People’s Church of Grande Prairie for all those who wish to share in good food, and even better memories of Rick.

For those unable to attend in person, we invite you to join us virtually through the livestream link below.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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  • 10/03/2024

    Our Condolences to Sandy and family. Rick had such a good heart and was a genuine down to earth man. He will be missed by all that knew him.

  • 17/02/2024

    Our condolences go out to the family. Rob and Jaimi Young

  • 17/02/2024

    Our sincere condolences! Rick had the biggest smile when ever you saw him. Lawrence and Janice

  • 16/02/2024

    I was just a young kid when I first met him at S&M Kenworth. Dad would take his trucks there and Rick was always joking and laughing. We would often see him on his quad down at the Beaverlodge Red Willow forks and have a beer or two. So sorry for your loss .. condolences from the Sams family.

  • 15/02/2024

    Our sincere condolences to the Shakotko family. Thinking of you all

  • 15/02/2024

    To Sandy and family Rick was the Best men, Best Husband with the biggest Heart ! My deepest condolences to Sandy and family Kathy Meyer

  • 15/02/2024

    I have known Rick when he was working for Kenworth he was the best Cummins mechanic around my condolences to his family you are in my thoughts and prayers

  • 15/02/2024

    Sandy and family, I am sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. I will always remember Rick for his never ending laughter. Christine Tyler

  • 14/02/2024

    We didn't have the pleasure of knowing Rick for very long, but are grateful for the time we were able to spend over at Keith's, sharing stories and having a beer with him. He had THE best smile and boisterous laugh! He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Our most sincere condolences to Sandy and family. Doug Petrie & Trudy

  • 14/02/2024

    Our sincere condolences Sandy and family. Just know we are thinking of you during this difficult time. We were so glad to see Rick and you in Creston that one summer. Hugs. Garry and Chris Zbirun

  • 14/02/2024

    All our love to Sandy,Kenny,Courtney,Mandy and families❤️

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