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Franklin David Voth
November 22, 1936 - October 25, 2019

Franklin was born in Manitou, Manitoba, the oldest child of David and Annie Voth. After the arrival of his twin brothers about a year later, he began to spend much time with his mother's parents on their farm north of Manitou. This was where Franklin's lifelong enthusiasm for all things "horse" was born.

Franklin's grandfather farmed with horses and he learned all the hard work it took to operate a farm. His dream then was to become a farmer himself.

At ten years of age, Franklin was told to be at the family business - a hardware store/car dealership/farm machinery dealership - after school every day, whether there was something for him to do, or not. This began his business education.

He said, "I decided that if I had to do something, I may as well learn something from it." So, Franklin began to learn about the business he would someday own, operate and expand.

Marrying his wife Esther in 1957 they had six children. Four boys and two girls.

Franklin operated D. Voth & Sons, Voth Systems and was a partner in Konrad & Voth in Manitou, and Nuway Distributing in Winnipeg.

He was a western Canadian distributor, local supplier of machinery and service, and international salesman. Franklin "moved iron" throughout western Canada, the Midwestern US, and after the Soviet Union was disbanded he sold grain-handling systems into Russia.

In the early '90s Franklin sold and installed computers in banks, grain company headquarters, credit unions, schools, law offices, Shell Oil in Alberta, and more. Learning to write code as well as fix, repair and upgrade hardware, he expanded his business acumen into another field.

His business demanded travel and Franklin enjoyed traveling all over Canada and the US. He was in every corner of both countries many times. Finally his health did not allow him to travel anymore. One of his disappointments was not being able to visit all the friends he had made throughout the US and Canada.

As a frontrunner in the agricultural industry Franklin met, visited with and consulted for and with, many other industry leaders. He told enthusiastic stories of the lessons he learned from people of achievement at every opportunity.

The walls and shelves of Franklin's office in his home were filled and lined with local, regional, national and international trophies, awards and letters of recognition for his lifelong work.

A side benefit of his travel was the opportunity to go to horse shows, horse sales and even to farms where horses are still used as power today. He was as at home in John's Amish buggy on an eight-hour round-trip to see Amish John's Amish cousin Jake in Indiana - coming back at 2:00 a.m. - as he was at a Hackney pony or heavy-horse show in the grandest exhibition arena in Kansas City or Dallas.

Franklin's traveling came to an end but his learning, curiosity, desire to do and accomplish never diminished. In his office where he breathed his last are yards of shelves filled with the books he studied, articles he collected, notes he made on every new thing that caught his eye.

Among these treasures are an armload of the Bibles Franklin read and studied from, until their spines were broken and the pages were filled with his ink and notes. His commitment to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was his greatest anchor.

Leaving behind his wife Esther, sons David and Leslie, daughter Marie and their children , Franklin was predeceased by his son Billy and a daughter and a son who passed away in infancy. He was also predeceased by his brothers Harry, John and Ben.

The funeral service for Franklin David Voth will be held at The Manitou Opera House on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Power to Change Ministries, Attn:  Partner Care, 20385 - 64th Avenue, Langley, BC, V2Y 1N5.


#1 John & Verna Heinrichs 2019-10-30 11:25
Sincere sympathies to Esther and the entire extended family on the loss of Franklin Voth. Franklin was a long time member of the community and was known by many people in the entire surrounding community. He will be missed.
#2 Jack & Els Tessier 2019-10-30 13:56
Our sincere sympathy. Els and Jack Tessier
#3 William Froese 2019-10-30 20:24
Franklin will be missed. A very kind man. Esther I will say I'm sorry to hear of his passing. God be with you. I will miss him.
#4 Gord & Carol Arbuckle 2019-10-30 23:09
Our deepest sympathy to Esther and family on the passing of Franklin. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs
#5 Susan and Murray Seymour 2019-11-01 20:42
Dear Esther, Marie, Leslie, David and Family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you! Franklin will be missed. Hugs!
#6 Denis Stoesz 2019-11-04 07:08
We were one of his many grain dryer customers.I always enjoyed visiting with him about many things and especially faith. If we had a problem on the dryer he could usually talk us through it. A man of much knowledge and wisdom. He will be missed. Condolences to the family.
#7 Felix and Linda Kuehn 2019-11-04 22:35
Dear Esther! Our love and prayers are with you as you adjust to life without Franklin. May his memory be Eternal!
#8 Karen and Jim Morrow 2019-11-07 13:57
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.
#9 Shelley and Steve Wallcraft 2019-11-08 13:48
We were sorry to hear about Franklin. Marie we are thinking of you and your families.

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