Ervie Toews
Ervie Toews

Obituary of Ervie Reimer Toews

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Ervie Toews, our father, grandfather, and great-grandfather departed this life suddenly on June 19, 2020. He was the oldest son born to Jac D. and Elizabeth (Reimer) Toews on August 8, 1930. He had a happy childhood growing up with his 3 siblings. He waited until he was 8 to start school because it was 2 1/2 miles across a pasture with cattle roaming. His mother walked with him the first mile. He attended 3 different schools in the Linden area. Dad accepted Jesus, as his Savior, at the age of 12. He was baptized, becoming a member of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite on December 19, 1943. He was forgiving, patient, a compassionate friend and father. His faith was an anchor all through his life and the trials life brought him. Dad was always there for us, a guiding influence, directing and showing a better and kinder way. He had a caring heart, was a good listener, and gave unconditionally. Dad was not a respecter of persons. After Dad was out of school, he worked in lumber camps at Cremona and Water Valley. At age 21, he began trucking and later owned his own truck. He found his life's companion in Viola Unruh and they were married on August 16, 1953. Their home was blessed with 5 children. He farmed in partnership with his dad and brother Melvin the first years and later with his son, Cal. Raising chickens and selling eggs was their bread and butter. In his retired years Dad enjoyed working cattle with Eldo and going to livestock auctions. In fact, he loved any auctions! A highlight of their travels was a tour of the Holy Lands in 1985. They lived on the family farm for 58 years, until they moved into the Westview Suites. After only 4 months Dad lost his helpmeet, Viola. They had shared life's joys and sorrows for over 60 years. Dad enjoyed his time at the Suites. He enjoyed the nurses and staff. His wisdom and sense of humor cheered those around him, but he loved nothing better than to get out, drive to town and perchance meet someone. A personal visit was so meaningful to him. Dad loved to go to Eldo's to his "puttering shed" where he recycled copper and aluminum. He enjoyed relatively good health till the last half year. He spent 5 months in hospital and long-term care. The last months were very difficult because he could not have family and friends visit due to Covid-19 restrictions. The family stayed connected through phone and video calls. Dad left us with a testimony of a life well lived. Those left to treasure fond memories are: Calvin and Norma (Linden, AB) Amy and Andrew Koehn, Arlen and Roxanne, Greg and Bonita, Ryan and Jeanine, Dwight and Mary Lois and Nelson Wohlgemuth (Stettler, AB) Brad and Bev, Tracy and Russell Klassen, Nancy and Darren Wiebe, Wallace and Ruth, Anna, Aleta and Charles Toews Ruth and Gary Klassen (Linden, AB) Michelle and Les Schmidt, Shawn and Susan, Kari-Ann and Grant Toews, Cam and Torri Dorothy and Brian Reimer (Dewberry, AB) Rudy and Allison, Rick and Rhonda, Stacey and Jonathon Litwiller, Morgan Eldo and Sally (Linden, AB) Shaylee, Madison, Brady, Elyse 37 great-grandchildren, 1 brother, Melvin and Vera; 2 sisters, Selma Unruh, Marj and Jim Baerg; and 4 sisters-in-law. Loved ones gone before are his wife, a stillborn son, great-granddaughter, Kristin, and 5 brothers-in-law. A special thanks to the care givers at Westview Suites and St. Mary's Care Centre, Trochu, AB.

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Linden
Linden, Alberta, Canada
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