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John A. Fehr

1924 – 2017

 

John APeacefully, after a lengthy illness, John A. Fehr, aged 92 yrs, of Winkler, MB passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Salem Home.

Dad was born at Blumenfeld, MB on March 5, 1924 to David D. Fehr and Maria Dyck.  He was predeceased by his parents and seven out of eight siblings. Surviving brother is Abe Fehr. Dad attended school in Haskett, completing the 6th grade.  He then, joined his family on the farm. Dad was baptized upon confession of his faith on 1943 at the Sommerfeld Church. Dad met Tina Schroeder from Rosenort (Rosetown) in 1946. He was cruising the street of Rosenort with his friend in his 1945 “PICK UP” truck, when he spied this young maiden with dark luscious hair. This resulted in more “sightseeing” trips to Rosetown.  This truck was prone to losing the air cleaner whenever it encountered a bump.  As you can imagine, this was often, so conversation was minimal.  Dad was constantly finding the air cleaner or reinstalling it. On July 24, 1949, Dad married Mom.  They lived on the farm close to Eigenhof for three years. After this, they moved to Blumenort, (south) close to Gretna. Here they farmed for 39 years.  During their marriage, they were blessed with four children (Linda, Rosella, Larry and Glenn). Life on the family farm was busy, caring for a variety of livestock, dairy operation and grain/sugar beet farming.  Dad also dabbled in manufacturing during these years.  They built drill carriers and drill markers.  This production line was eventually purchased by Loewen Mfg. of Altona. Dad not only kept busy with these projects but also served in the Gretna Bergthaler Church as a Deacon and member of the church council.  He was also involved in leadership roles at the Gretna Co-op, Pool Elevators and Gretna Credit Union. He and his family served on projects for the Mennonite Disaster Service. Travelling was also a big part of family life.  Two weeks every summer were spent on road trips to places in B.C. Ontario or the United States with Oma (Tina’s Mom) in tow.  In later years, other trips followed with the highlight being their tour of the Holy Land in Israel. In 1988, Mom and Dad retired to Winkler where Dad continued with his busy life. He enjoyed gardening and creating numerous beautiful woodwork projects for his children/grandchildren. He also served as Deacon of Winkler Bergthaler Church for six years and was involved in the mission’s committee. Dad was a founding member of Cedar Estate Board involved in the planning of the condo complex that they would occupy in 2002. During the last several years, Dad had numerous health concerns and longed to go Home.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Tina and children: Linda Hildebrand (Korey/Vanessa Hildebrand, children: Ryan and Owen), (Stacey/Paul Gysbers, daughter: Katryna), Rosella/Bob Ediger: (Julie/Darryl Talaga), (Cindy/Shawn Astorino, children: Abby, Nick, Chris), (Shelley), Larry/Wanda Fehr: (Donovan/Julie Fehr), (Chantelle/Jon Heppner children: Kezia & Bodey), (Tyson) Glenn/MaryAnne Fehr: (Charissa/Derek Friesen, children: Damon, Kael, Jude), (Jason/Alyssa Fehr), (Cara), (Jessalynn).

Funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday February 11, 2017 at Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with a family interment prior at Westridge Memorial Gardens. Special thanks to Wiebe Funeral Home, Salem Home, Boundary Trails medical staff and the Home Care Staff.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements

wiebefuneralhomes.com

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