Fehr, David

Private family graveside service will be held at the Rosenbach Cemetery. Viewing for family and friends will be from 1PM-8PM on Wednesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Maximum 10 people at a time and masks are required. 

David Fehr
1928 ~ 2021

It is with a mixture of joy and sadness we say goodbye to our wonderful dad, grandpa, and great grandpa, David H Fehr. Dad was born in Haskett, MB on July 19, 1928 to Henry H. and Helena (Elias) Fehr. As a young boy he worked hard on the farm and only received minimal elementary education at the Haskett school. His mom taught him to pray, he still prayed “Werde munter mein Gemute” all verses by memory. He leaned on the Lord to teach him things he did not know and believed anything was possible. He just started doing whatever he chose or needed to do, even when he had never done it before, and believed God would help him along the way. Conversing with the Holy Spirit about the things of life was normal to him. 

In the late 1940’s, as a young adult he and his brother Bill led worship with their guitars in the school revival meetings held in the various villages in the area. It was here he met his wife Tina Friesen, the daughter of one of the evangelists who spoke at the meetings. They were married on July 15, 1952. They moved into a little house beside the main house on the in-law’s farm. His first job outside of farming was as a plumber. While starting to farm with his father-in-law IPF Friesen, he and his wife built a couple of houses in Winkler, doing everything himself, even the windows. In 1960, they moved north of town to the Friesen farm trading homes with the in-laws. Here they farmed for the next 29 years, starting with a mixed farm, then diversifying to seed cleaning with Uncle Pete Friesen (Rev-it-up) and growing various crops over the years, sugar beets, a variety of grains, potatoes, turnips, and itchy canary. Even though he no longer farmed he was still keenly interested in the new innovations and practices being done and prayed continually for suitable weather conditions that good crops would be grown and harvested in the area. We thank Schmidt farms for being trustworthy caretakers of his land. He loved to go look at it, even on the last ride he had, on his way home from the hospital 6 weeks ago. 

Growing up with dad was always an adventure, with a bit of comic relief when things didn’t work out quite the way we had imagined. He encouraged us to try various things and loved to support us by providing what we needed to get the job done. As married children we often received a phone call or he dropped in to see what we were doing, always being actively interested in our pursuits. We can see him now being our biggest cheerleader in heaven, always the optimist, and believing we are going to succeed. 

Retiring to Winkler, our parents became custodians of the Winkler EMM church for a number of years, they also built their dream retirement home right beside the church. During these years they spent many winters camping at Bibleville Texas. Highlights for dad there were making new friends with many believers from throughout north America, playing violin in the orchestra, and volunteering at Rio Grande Bible Institute. In 2010, they moved into the Crocus building downtown and mom suffered a stroke soon after they had moved. She spent the next six and half years paralyzed, and dad spent many hours of each day at her side in Salem. He said they had done everything together during their marriage and he was going to walk through this with her too. After she passed, he found it to lonely to live at Crocus, so he moved into the Buhler building, he enjoyed the camaraderie with others who found themselves in similar situations.  He especially enjoyed playing violin with other musicians, playing crokinole with friends and the Sat eve Jam Sessions. As his body became weaker, he found it hard to take care of himself, in June 2020 he moved to the 2nd floor Villages where he again found new life and hope. His body slowly continued to decline in strength, he played his violin for the last time on earth in Nov 2020. Today we see you dad, playing your gold violin in the heavenly orchestra, reunited with your beloved comrades, the Buckaroos of Bibleville, TX. 

As we say good-bye, he lives on in each of us, he has lifted us up to continue on broad shoulders of trust and faith in God. We thank you dad for loving life, persevering and fighting a good fight. We thank you dad for your example of unwavering devotion and love to our mother and each one of us. We thank you dad for the many sacrifices you made so we could pursue our interests, your giving nature, revealing the heart of our Father in heaven. We thank you dad for showing us how to love people, never to compromise righteousness. We thank you dad for loving music and teaching us to worship with our hearts. We thank you dad for your many prayers on our behalf, warring for truth according to the Bible, and standing strong against the enemy. We love you dad and look forward to being reunited with you and mom when our work here is done.

Sons, David Ralph and Julie; John and Linda; Terance; Daughter Karen and Don Friesen. Grandchildren and Great grandchildren, Kristen and Kevin Dyck, Maisha, Zachariah, Isaiah; Kayla and Steven Sukkau, Eve, Eden; Tracey and Riley Dyck, Jase, Blair; Lynn and William Knelsen, Anika, Caleb, Evan; Jacqueline and Curt Penner, Brielle, Bennett; Katelin and Gabriel Ardila. Dave is also survived by one brother, Peter and his wife, Mary, in-laws, Susan Fehr, John and Joyce Friesen, Pete and Margaret Friesen, Jake and Ruth Friesen, Pete Giesbrecht, Ron Sawatzky, Anne Klassen, Suzy and Ken Friesen, and Abe and Betty Hildebrand. Dave was predeceased by his wife, Tina in 2017, grandchildren, Jordan and Brittany Fehr, his sisters, Nettie, Justina, Mary and brothers, George, Henry and Bill and numerous in-laws. 

We bless all of dad’s relatives and acquaintances who walked with him through life, those who took interest in him and were a source of strength and help to him.  We bless the residents and staff of the Buhler Active living Centre, the staff at the Villages, and the health care workers who took care of him in these last years of declining health. May you each live long fulfilled lives of joy in relationship with your Creator, until you meet our dad again.