Larry Wayne Hamm

1964 – 2011 

larry_Hamm_sqLarry was born on October 12, 1964 to Jake and Verna Hamm in the Winkler Bethel Hospital on a Thanksgiving Monday. Larry was baptized upon confession of faith on October 24, 2009 by Bishop David Wiebe of the Sommerfeld Church. 

Larry was shy, loving, compassionate, giving, trusting, had a great sense of humour and a whole lot more. He had overcome many obstacles very early in life. He was diagnosed with arthritis at the age of five. He had a heart murmur and thyroid condition as well. He started school in Friedensruh, but he was only there for grade one. The rest of his education was in Winkler, where they provided the extra help he needed. Larry got his first job at the A&W Restaurant which was owned by his uncle, Cornie Blatz. A number of years later, he got a job at Economy Foods where he worked until he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 1990.

 On good days, he would help his dad on the farm. He kept the yard in really good shape in the summertime, mowing and trimming the grass. With Larry, it wasn’t time to quit until everything was perfect. Larry had a truck, a street bike and a new 4-wheeler. Slowly, as things got worse, these items were sold one by one. This was heartbreaking not only for Larry, but for Jake and Verna, as well. When Larry’s brother, Randy passed away in 1983, he not only lost his only brother, but his best friend. However, he still had Sandra, his only sister and when Sandra married Jamie, Larry gained a brother-in-law and a friend. Larry had one niece, Haley and one nephew, Dryden, who were the apples of his eye. He would always ask them, “What would you really like for Christmas?” One year it was a certain kind of scooter. He demonstrated his love for these children when he found the scooters in Calgary, AB and had them flown into Winnipeg. There they were on Christmas morning! 

Larry had a lot of surgeries over the years. The last one left him unable to walk. The use of his arms was limited and his speech was very impaired, but he didn’t complain except when he was in severe pain. After his last surgery, he spent two months in the St. Boniface Hospital. He was then transferred to Boundary Trails Health Centre, where he spent nine months. Larry moved to Salem Home on October 27, 2009. He had to spend a lot of time in bed because sitting for a long time caused him too much pain. When he got his electric wheelchair he was just so happy to get some wheels again. He seemed to know all the residents and their room numbers and all the staff at Salem Home. In spite of the condition he was in, Larry had a great sense of humour. Sometimes he was laughing so hard, his face would get about as red as the shirt he was wearing. Even with all his disabilities, his quality of life at Salem Home was better than it had been in the last twenty years. When Larry was so sick and full of pain, he would sit at the end of the kitchen table, his head in his hands, weeping and he would say, “Why doesn’t God just come and get me?” On Friday March 4, after only a few days in the hospital, God gave Larry his wish and took him home. 

He leaves to mourn his passing his parents, Jake and Verna (nee Krahn) Hamm of Winkler, his sister Sandra and her husband, Jamie Bound, his niece, Haley and nephew, Dryden, his aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Larry will be missed, but he deserves his rest. 

Funeral service was held on Wednesday March 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Rev. Art Wiebe, the staff at Salem Home, Mike Giesbrecht and the medical staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Wiebe Funeral Home as well as everyone else that helped them during this difficult time.

 

Donations may be made in Larry’s memory to the Salem Foundation Inc. 165 15th St. Winkler, MB R6W 1Y8.

 

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