Vernon Boese

Obituary of Vernon Boese

Vernon Boese was born to John and Mary Reimer Boese on July 2, 1927 at Swalwell, AB. He passed peacefully away at St. Mary's Hospital, Camrose,  AB, on March 22, 2019, with family by his side, reaching the age of 91 years.

Dad grew up near Linden, AB and received his schooling in a small, one-room school. As a young married man, he was one of the pioneers of the new congregation at Edberg, AB, which was home to him for the rest of his life.

At the age of 12, Dad was born again and was baptized a year later by Min. Jake Barkman. He was married on July 19, 1952, to Marion Wiebe, who passed away after seven short years. They were blessed with two sons. After a span of nearly five years, he married to Lillian Goossen. This union added two more sons and a daughter. After nearly forty-six years together and following a lengthy illness, his wife was taken from his side, leaving him lonely again. Dad was the last of his immediate family. He leaves behind, four sons: Leroy and Gwen, Tatamagouche, NS; John and Alice, Elkton, VA; Ross and Eileen, Meeting Creek, AB; Darwin, Edberg AB; one daughter: Lori and partner Cory Stuart, Camrose AB, twelve grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren and several in-laws. He was predeceased by his parents, two wives, twin infant sons, one brother, three sisters and numerous in-laws.

His was a life of care-giving. His own father passed away in a tragic accident when Dad was a young boy. As the oldest son, he had to assume responsibility at an early age as the family breadwinner, operating the family farm together with his mother. His first wife was of fragile health, needing extra care, and upon passing, she left Dad with two boys, aged five and two. Dad cared for us faithfully, persevering against all odds to keep us with him. He had a small mixed farm and was never well to do during those years, but he had a way of making us not notice. Later, his wife suffered with Alzheimer's disease for thirteen years, and again, Dad faithfully cared for her till the very last. Nearing the end, he faced the prospect of needing care himself, but this he found very hard to accept. The Lord spared him from this, taking him from this world after a brief hospitalization.

Dad often lamented the fact that he had never spent time in a mission or done anything special for the Church. Yet, he was always active on the home front, often volunteering to open services with encouraging words and a prayer. Many were the children who found the Bible stories come alive when he was their Sunday School or Summer Bible School teacher. He was faithful in that which was least.

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Funeral Service

11:00 am
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Edberg Mennonite Church
RR Rd 201, Twp Rd 440
Edberg, Alberta, Canada
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