Dew, Elmer

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ELMER RICHARD DEW

March 18, 1931 – October 21, 2016

 

DewElmersqIt is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Elmer, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and uncle.  He leaves to mourn his special friend Elizabeth, 3 daughters: Tina (Bob) Doepker of Winnipeg, Barbara (Frank) Froese of Winker, Sandra (John(Charlie)) Braun of Winkler; 2 sons:  Larry (Donna) Dew of Vancouver and Ernie (Vera) Dew of Winnipeg.  He also leaves to mourn 16 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elmer was predeceased by his parents, Simon and Ethel Dew, his beloved wife Renske in 2011, son Ronald, great grandson, Jordan and daughter-in-law, Donna.

Elmer was born in Crystal City and was an only child.  He lived in Snowflake on the family farm for most of his life.  He married Renske, the love of his life, on April 22 1955, and they ran the family farm until 1972 when he moved the family to Morden.  He then started working for Enns Construction building houses until he retired.  He had a passion for wood working.  He would make furniture, toys for all the grandchildren and anything that anyone would want until he had to have heart surgery.    After his retirement he enjoyed going fishing whenever he had the chance.  When Renske’s health started to deteriorate they moved into the Legion Housing complex, where they enjoyed going down to the common room to visit with all the people there. After Renske’s passing he remained at the Legion House where he made many new friends and everyone enjoyed his joking around.  We as a family would like to thank the residents at Legion House 2 for the many years of caring and friendship they extended to Dad and Wiebe Funeral Home for all the funeral arrangements.  Losing our Dad suddenly is probably one of the most difficult things we have gone through as a family. We were definitely not ready for this. Our Dad was hardworking, strong, loving and gentle. He loved his family and was deeply devoted to our Mom for all the years they were together before her passing.

As kids growing up on the farm, where ever Dad was that’s where we were. In the barn milking the cows, helping Dad fix the tractor, out in the field riding on the back of the hayrack. Everywhere, like glue, like mini shadows, we were always with our Dad. The hardest time of the year was when Dad was harvesting. He would be gone for what felt like days and days, leaving in the morning before we were awake and not coming home until long after we were in bed and fast asleep. When we were older Mom would let us take lunch to Dad while he was in the fields. It was like having a private picnic with our Dad. Any mischief we got into was always, always instigated by Dad. He was the one that taught us how to sneak Mom’s homemade cookies out of the freezer, thaw them on the fence posts out in the yard and eat them before Mom even knew they were gone. We always had to leave a few (1 or 2) cookies in the pail in the freezer “just in case we got company” Dad would say. Like Mom was going to be able to multiply them like the fish and the loaves! Mom would bake bread and before it was even cooled off Dad would have us in the pantry cutting the warm crusts off and eating them before Mom had a chance to put the bread in bags and in the freezer. Food was kind of a common thing in our shinannigans! During the winter, when there wasn’t much to do on the farm, Dad would be curling or caretaking at the skating rink. Whenever Dad was at the rink so were we. I think we all knew how to skate before we were the age of 5. We were also very good ice cleaners as there were no zamboni’s back then. We were Dad’s helpers and so very proud to be working alongside the person we adored the most in the whole world.

Our Dad was everything to us. He taught us the value of hard work, integrity in everything we did, patience and kindness to everyone we met, so many things. He loved us unconditionally and we never ever once doubted that. If he was ever disappointed in the life decisions we made he never once showed it. We were his children and he supported us no matter what. Dad’s passing leaves a huge hole in each of our hearts and we will miss him so much. We are thankful for the wonderful Dad he was to us and the values he instilled in us as kids and the amazing example of love and kindness he demonstrated to us as adults.

Funeral service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday October 29, 2016 at Wiebe Funeral Chapel in Morden with ash interment at Snowflake Cemetery at a later date. We as a family would like to thank the residents at Legion House 2 for the many years of caring and friendship they extended to Dad and Wiebe Funeral Home for all the funeral arrangements.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements

wiebefuneralhomes.com

 

#1 Melody Dew 2016-10-26 11:55
Our Deepest Sympathy from Melody, Jeff and Micheal Dew. He will be missed.
#2 Harvey Melsted 2016-10-26 14:37
My deepest sympathy to the Dew family at
this time . Elmer will be missed as was
Renske. GOD must have needed a fine
carpenter in heaven to help his SON
JESUS who was also a carpenter.
Condolences
Harvey Melsted and family Saskatoon
#3 Bernice Adams 2016-10-28 09:05
Sympathy on the passing of Elmer

He will be missed

Bernice Adams
#4 Ardith Davidson nee Brown 2016-10-28 19:41
My deepest sympathy to Tina and family at this time. I remember Elmer and Renske and going to the Dew house to play with Tina and her family when we were younger.

Ardith Davidson (nee Brown)
#5 Ardith Davidson nee Brown 2016-10-28 19:47
My deepest sympathy to Tina and her family. I remember going to the Dew house to play with Tina when we were young, going to school together in Snowflake.

Ardith Davidson (nee Brown)
#6 Mel Braun 2016-10-29 12:51
Our family's sympathy and prayers go out to the Dew family. We had the privilege of being neighbours to Elmer and Renske in Morden on Maple St for a number of years. Elmer became a friend and a bit of a 'grampa' to our 4 young children as they were growing up! Always great to chat with, lots of good advice, help and ideas - a better man you couldn't find to live next door to! The Braun Family
#7 Brian Bissett 2016-11-27 20:14
Will miss seeing Elmer at Legion House. He was always a great guy to know.