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Cremation has taken place. Graveside service will be held at a later date at Southside Cemetery.

Erwin (Erv) Hiebert

1937 - 2020

Erv Hiebert, 83, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2020 at Boundary Trails Health Centre with his loving wife, Jo-Ann and his son, Corrie at his side.

Erv was born to Jacob and Margaret (Fehr) Hiebert in Altona. Erv grew up in Kronstal in a tiny house the family shared with Corny and Helen Fehr. At the age of 14 his family moved to Crystal City into a house so run-down they couldn’t tell the difference between the house and barn. Erv didn’t have fond memories of this home with not a tree in sight and snow on the blankets in the morning. At 18 Erv had had enough of the farm and went to work on the pipeline, an occupation he loved. While visiting his Uncle Hank and Zelma Fehr in Gretna, Erv became acquainted with Alvina (Zelma’s sister), who was attending MCI. He solidified the relationship while cruising the happening streets of Gretna and they were married in 1959. Alvina joined him on the pipeline and they traveled between Ontario and Alberta, started a family, and stayed in their own “interesting” homes to create memories by. When their eldest, Cindy was to start school in 1967, they settled in Morden where they stayed and finished adding to their family of seven. Erv worked for a time as a mechanic, then purchased Texaco, becoming business partners with Sig Pankratz, whom he later bought the business from, and added Westpark, a successful motorcycle and snowmobile dealership. He sold Westpark in the mid 90’s and built a shop, creating his dream job as a custom metal fabricator, calling the business Erv’s Mobile Welding. Erv’s motto was, “If it’s too hard for them, it’s just right for me.” He continued working until the fall of 2019 when he sold the shop to his son, Corrie.

His wife, Alvina, passed away from a long battle with breast cancer in 2000. Erv later met Jo-Ann while out for coffee, a favourite pastime. They tied the knot in a hurricane on Grand Cayman Island where Erv’s daughter, Tammy resides. Starting in 2003, Erv suffered a heart condition leading to a series of strokes which made his life much more difficult, but he continued to work and travel despite the setbacks. Besides his passion for work, Erv would immerse himself in many hobbies including bow and arrow, flying, snowmobiles, motorcycles, golfing, and travel. The family took trips to Florida, Fargo, and Detroit Lakes. He went on a motorcycle trip with Alvina to the East Coast where they had a motorcycle accident. Erv also travelled on motorbike by himself and Corrie has fond memories of motorcycle trips all over the U.S.A. Later, Erv and Jo-Ann often visited Yuma Arizona and Mexico. A great deal of pizza, purchased with coupons, was consumed on those trips, interspersed with Denny’s and very, very many cream pies. In fall, Erv would attend the fall suppers and only eat pie, so if you didn’t get your slice, now you know why. As a golf lover and person always in a hurry, Erv didn’t want to mess around wasting time, so, while others were taking their shots, he would look for golf balls, saving money and time! On one golf trip there was a mishap with the golf cart which ended up rolling into the ditch, the golf cart was easily retrieved but the balls had gone everywhere! Not wanting to miss tee time, the balls were left behind. On the way home all the balls were stacked up in a neat pyramid by the side of the road. Erv thanks you, whoever you are! Erv had a great shot as a golfer, which was odd since he golfed with his arms crossed. Like his golfing, Erv was unconventional, but he got the job done better than most.

Erv was predeceased by his first wife, Alvina Neufeld, his parents and brother, John Hiebert. He is survived by his wife, Jo-Ann MacKay and his children: Cindy Hildebrand, Tammy Patino, Tracy Collis (Dallas), Corrie Hiebert (Cheryl Plett) and Mandy Bennet (Jay); stepchildren: Corrin Fraser (Roberto Bisighini), Erin Beaumont (Ian), Cheryl Fraser (Owen Thorne) and Devin Fraser; grandchildren: Cole, Cali, Pavlova, Rayne, Riley, Quinn, Sawyer and Ella; step-grandchildren: Jayden, MacKayla, Aiden, Kendra, Liam, Taylor, Avery and Owen, and great-grandchildren: Jackson, Oliver and Remington as well as his siblings: Abe and Emily Hiebert, Anne and Mel Hildebrand and sister-in-law, Anne Hiebert.

A private memorial service will take place at a later date.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements

wiebefuneralhomes.com

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