Kehler, Gordan

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Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday February 10, 2018 at the Winkler EMMC. Viewing will be from 2PM-8PM on Friday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Interment prior to the service at Rosenbach Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gordan's memory to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan or to BTHC Foundation (designated to Palliative Care)


 

 Gordan W. Kehler

1927 - 2018 

Gordan Wilbert Kehler of Homestead South in Morden, MB passed away in the early hours of February 7th, 2018 at Boundary Trails Health Centre at the age of 90 years 8 months and 13 days. 

Gordan was born on May 25th, 1927 to John J. And Susan Kehler (nee Krahn), the second of 11 children. After meeting the love of his life, Tina, at the Winkler Fair in 1948. Gordan was baptized upon the confession of his faith prior to their marriage. Gordan and Tina were married on July 16th, 1950.  They lived with Tina's parents until Gordan's father moved a house onto the corner of Main Street and Stanley. Gordan and his family subsequently moved twice more and ended up on 11th Street in Winkler. Dad, after getting married, worked for Wiens & Son delivering fuel in 45 gallon drums for a few years.  During this time, I (Ken) was born, being their only child. Tina taught sewing classes and started teaching again to make ends meet. Taking a 5 year course in engine repair prepared Dad for his future careers.  In 1958, while working at the Co-op Garage, he was given the opportunity to purchase a garage of his own.  There were 2 gas pumps with no fuel, no tools or anything in the garage.  Such was the origin of Central Service Station, and for the next 18 years he provided steady employment and on the job training for his Central Service Station family. He also joined the Winkler Fire Department and because the service station was right next door to the Town Hall and Fire Station, he was generally the first one to respond when the fire alarm was sounded. Mom and Dad both received their pilots license in 1971 and they thoroughly enjoyed flying.  When celebrating Dad's 90th birthday, he commented that he wished he could fly a plane one more time. They both loved to travel and for many years they travelled throughout the US and Canada with their 5th wheel trailer.  Their journeys also took them to such places as Paraguay, Hawaii, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic among others.  In 1975 Dad sold the garage, moved to Winnipeg and returned to school.  A year later Mom and Dad moved to Portage la Prairie where Dad taught Industrial Arts at Arthur Meighen High School for the next 13 years. One summer Mom and Dad decided to try something different and went out as exchange teachers.  Mom went to St. Kitts in the West Indies, while Dad went to Georgetown, British Guyana.  They both really enjoyed that experience. In 1989, Dad, suffered his first heart attack.  Dad retired from teaching and delved into woodworking. Dad and mom moved to Sherwood Park, Alberta in 1993 to be close to our family. During this time, they shared in the joy of creating wooden masterpieces.  Dad would cut and sand, Mom would do the finishing.  In these years many visits were also made back to Manitoba to visit family and friends. 2007 saw them move to an independent/ assisted living facility in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta and in 2011 back to Winnipeg. Dad and Mom finally moved to Homestead South in Morden in 2012 where he lived until he entered Boundary Trails Health Centre the third week of November 2017. Mom passed away in 2013. 

Dad leaves to mourn his son, Ken and his wife, Cathy, two granddaughters, Andrea and Tom Link of Huntsville, Alabama, and Kim and Chris Feifel and their sons, Ethan and Benjamin of Houston, Texas, siblings, Ruth, Norman, Mary and Pete in Manitoba, and Elsie and Howard in Ontario and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, John J and Susan Kehler, three brothers, John, Eugene and Isaac, one sister, Olga and his wife of 63 years, Tina. 

Memorial service at 2:00 pm. on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 at the Winkler EMM Church with burial prior at the Rosenbach Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Gordan's memory to The Gideons or to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation designated to the Palliative Care Unit. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements

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