Ketler, Leonard


Cremation has taken place.  Ash interment will take place at 2:00PM on Saturday November 3, 2018 at the Winkler Cemetery with a gathering at Leonard's shop to follow.


Leonard Dale Ketler

1954 – 2018 

Leonard Dale Ketler was born to Art and Grace Ketler in Winkler, Manitoba on September 24, 1954. He was predeceased by his brothers Doug, in infancy, and Daryl in 1985. He was also predeceased by his mother when he was a child and his father in 2010. He married Patricia Ball on December 21, 1973.

Leonard always lived in the Winkler-Plum Coulee area. For the last 30 or so years he and Pat lived on a country yard west of Plum Coulee.

He loved cars. He bought and sold cars at an early age, and many of his jobs were in the automotive field. He worked at Schanzenfeld Auto Wrecking, and Hildebrand Auto, which became Buck's Auto. Leonard bought that business and it became A-Part Auto parts. It was an occupation which he loved.

ln recent years he did bookkeeping for a few people. Leonard enjoyed rebuilding old John Deere tractors and rebuilding engines for his friends. For a while he collected 454's but wouldn't sell them, although eventually he did sell his collection.

Leonard was saved around the age of 40, and was baptized a few years later. It was important to him that a salvation message be preached at his funeral.

Leonard tried to keep a tough exterior, but he really cared about people. He also was a cat person and almost always had a pet cat. Many of his friends or acquaintances got a nickname from Leonard.

Leonard loved to make people laugh. His quick wit and fast comebacks kept everyone on their toes. He would always make jokes even when he was at the hospital in Winnipeg.

Leonard was taken to Boundary Trails Health Centre on September 27 of this year and was diagnosed with cancer. The next day he was taken to Health Sciences Center for radiation treatments. He returned to Boundary Trails on October 9 and seemed to show some improvement. It looked promising for him to return home after physiotherapy to get his strength back. He felt good until three days before his passing, when he lost his appetite and got weaker. On October 29, Leonard asked his long-time friend, Walton, to pray for him, and then he passed away peacefully at about 6:30 pm.

Leonard is survived by his wife Pat, his niece Twyla, and will be remembered by many friends.

Graveside service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Winkler Cemetery. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

in care of arrangements