William A. (Bill) Reimer, 84, of Blumenfeld, MB passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family on Saturday October 28, 2023.
Bill was born on September 24, 1939 in Blumenfeld, Manitoba to Wilhelm W. and Anna (Klassen) Reimer. During his last few days on this earth, he listed what mattered most to him in this lifetime: Faith, family, friends, farming and giving back to the community. Upon the confession of his faith, Bill was baptized on May 22, 1961 in the Old Colony Church in Blumenfeld. Regular church attendance was important to him and during the last few years when sleep would elude him, he enjoyed studying the Bible and journaling. Hours before he breathed his last, he said, “Follow God and everything will be okay.” And, “I am going to be with Jesus, for sure!” Bill married Katherine (Tina) Elias of Rosengart on July 26, 1970. Together they grew their faith, raised a family and expanded the farm. Bill and Tina had six children and 18 grandchildren: William (Bill jr.) and Becky Reimer, Clayton, Annika, Bernie and Carrie Reimer, Chiquita, Dustin, Amber and Zane, Jeffrey and Sara, Kathy and Abram Letkeman, Danielle, Jeremiah & Alexandria, Caleb, Lorena, Anna (predeceased in infancy), Daniel and Helen Reimer, Seth, Abigail, Levi, Tamara, Sarah and Rockford Penner, Deidre, Danica, Dixie, Drew.
Bill worked hard to provide well for his family. He taught his children to have faith in God, practice good stewardship and showed them how to work hard. He also provided fun! A swimming pool, atv’s, toboggans gliding along the village behind the tractor and Model A rides for everyone! All of his children and grandchildren knew him to be a generous man. Bill always enjoyed socializing and spent much time with relatives, neighbors and friends. We are sure he is having the best time meeting back up with those that he has been missing who already went on before him! Bill grew up as a farmer’s boy who started to plow with a Farmall A tractor and two bottom plow at the young age of 11. He loved it! He liked to drive at tractor-speed so he could observe everything around him. Even after retiring from farming he grew a garden and extra potatoes to provide for family and friends. After retirement he wanted more activities to keep busy so he worked at Triple E as night security for ten years, helped other farmers and enjoyed dreaming and planning at his property on the Red River. Bill Reimer loved his Blumenfeld community where he lived his entire 84 years. He enjoyed preserving its history and wanted to see it continue to be cared for and grown. Over the years he served his community in very many different ways. Some of the boards, committees and positions we readily remember are: Blumenfeld Cemetery, Municipality of Stanley, Pembina Threshermen’s Museum, Boundary Trails Heritage Region Board, Water board, the start up of the Blumenfeld Coffee Shop and the Soil Conservation Group.
William A. is survived by his loving wife and family, sister, Mary Hamm and brother-in-law, Pete Rempel and his in-laws, the Elias family. He was predeceased by his parents, one brother and four sisters.
Bill will be remembered by his family as a hard working and thankful man. He had projects he was working on till the very end. We watched and heard his faith held fast and he continually thanked us and the nurses for caring for him till he breathed his last. A handwritten notation in his devotional, “My flesh and my heart may fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. “ Psalm 73:26 Praise God! Memorial service at 3:00 p.m. on Friday November 3, 2023 at the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with interment prior at the Blumenfeld Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made In Bill’s memory to the BTHC Foundation designated to Palliative Care or Spiritual Care.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements