Franklin David Voth - Nov 3, 2019 at The Manitou Opera House

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 was held at The Manitou Opera House on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.