It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Dakota Oegema on November 16, 2023.

Dakota was a beloved brother to Dustin (son of Melinda), Dawson, and Debwewahns (children of Barb). He will be deeply missed by his girlfriend, Mikaela Dias and his adoring parents Sharri Goguen and Earl Oegema. Survived by his Pa, Ken Exell and Oma, Wilhelmina Oegema. Dakota leaves countless cherished memories with his many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and his wide circle of friends.

He had a passion for sports, especially hockey, lacrosse, and skiing. Dakota found joy in the outdoors, where he thrived. His outgoing nature, unwavering friendship, and kind spirit made a lasting impact on everyone fortunate enough to have known him. His brothers held a special place in his heart, and his love for them was immeasurable.

The sentiment that truly captures Dakota's resilience and outlook on life, his words, "Trust the Process." These words reflect his belief in perseverance, patience, and the journey through life's challenges. Though he may no longer be physically present, his enduring spirit and the wisdom of his words will resonate and inspire those who continue to cherish his memory. Dakota's legacy of strength and positivity will indeed live on, comforting and guiding those who were touched by his remarkable presence.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations to the Canadian Mental Health Association at  in honor of Dakota’s memory.

Dakota's departure has left an irreplaceable void, but his spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.




12 Condolences
  • Daryl Bradshaw
    Posted on: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 Reply

    I would like to send my Condolence to Sharri and Earl and everyone for the lose of Dakota. He was a young man that was taken far before his time.

  • Krystal Deschamps
    Posted on: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 Reply

    Remembering Dakota fondly, and Sharri’s unmeasurable love for him. May he rest in peace, and his memory live on in everyone he touched 💕

    With tender love and gentle understanding of this great loss,

    Krystal and Charley

  • Susan Chabot
    Posted on: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 Reply

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time 🙏

  • Crista & Lee Winterkorn
    Posted on: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 Reply

    Our hearts are with you

  • Teresa Goguen
    Posted on: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 Reply

    Sorry for this massive loss, I am Dakota’s second cousin, I wish I knew him better, as he grew, I do remember him as a small boy, very handsome, energetic young man. But what is certain that I do know is that he was loved by all his family far and wide, Dakota, rest in peace, time to fly with the angels 🙏 Teresa

  • Kelly Blanchette
    Posted on: Tuesday, November 21, 2023 Reply

    Memories of you I will cherish forever, sleep tight Dakota.

  • Bev Knezacek
    Posted on: Wednesday, November 22, 2023 Reply

    So sorry for your loss Shari.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and the extended family at this difficult time.

  • Susan Beck
    Posted on: Wednesday, November 22, 2023 Reply

    Sharri, my deepest condolences go out to you and your family. I can’t imagine a more difficult loss. My heart aches for you. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers! ❤️

  • Kristina malm
    Posted on: Wednesday, November 22, 2023 Reply

    Rest easy Dakota, gone but certainly never forgotten. I’ll cherish the memories I do have with you. I’m so very sorry for your loss Sharri, you’re an amazing mother and raised an amazing young man and I know he loved you deeply, I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts ❤️

  • Suzanne Wicks
    Posted on: Thursday, November 23, 2023 Reply

    Sending our deepest condolences to your family. Let memories of him comfort you and wrap you in love as you go through this difficult journey.
    Sue and Derek Wicks

  • Barbara Lynne Sheridan
    Posted on: Thursday, November 23, 2023 Reply

    Very sorry to hear about Dakota’s passing. I am sure you and your boys will really miss him. This is such a shame for one so young. We must all try to make sure we help other young people
    as much as we can. My thoughts are with you. Love Aunt Lynne

  • Jeanne Couroux
    Posted on: Monday, November 27, 2023 Reply

    Sharri and Earl, we are so sorry to hear about Dakota. He was such a great kid, he was so kind, great sense of humour, gifted team player and a very respectful young man. Our years of Ballhockey together were filled with many memories. My heart breaks for you and your family.

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