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1945 - 2021
He will be deeply missed and forever loved by his two daughters, Arlene (Bruce) Derksen, and Belva Rode (Terry Alty), and one son Jason (Erica) Toews; grandchildren, Krista Voth, Vanessa and Donovan Kehler, Jessica and Steve Mezzo, Rebecca and Ernie Wiebe, Christian Rode, Colten Toews, Kaylee Toews, and Keanna Toews and numerous great-grandchildren.
Our hearts are sad but we rejoice that dads 13 year journey dealing with a life-altering stroke is over and he is no longer bound to the limitations of his wheelchair.
Dad was predeceased by his sweetheart, wife Erna, parents, Henry and Maria Toews, parents-in-law, Aaron and Agatha Janz, brother-in-law Peter Harder, nephew Kevin Toews, niece Katherine Toews, and great-nephew Cole Friesen.
Dad was born in 1945 to Henry and Maria Toews in Steinbach, Manitoba. At a very young age, Dad developed a love for music and cars. It was quite common for dad and his siblings to fill their dad's 1950s car with the sound of their singing voices as they headed to choir practice together. His much loved Johnny Cash 8-track was played many a time as he cruised down the road in his '66 Mercury.
An opportunity to take apart the motor from his dad's 1950s car in his teenage years led to an already deep passion inside of him to pursue many years of garage and mechanical work.
His early years were also spent with his dad, his best friend as he often said, hauling milk together. This was followed with many more years of various mechanical jobs.
Dad embraced an entrepreneurial life and was always seeking different business opportunities.
In 1971, Dad, along with business partner John Reimer, would use his skills and knowledge to open Space Age Tire. In 1978, Dad left the mechanical work and bought a gravel business from his dad. Not to limit his options, he pursued a real estate opportunity and developed the Grunthal Trailer Courts with business partner Jake Reimer.
Years later, our dad put pen to paper and returned to school and obtained his Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic License from Red River College. This was a proud accomplishment for him especially since he only had a grade 8 education. Armed with his degree, dad continued to pursue business opportunities, including opening Minute Muffler in the early 1990s. The highlight for Dad was that he was now able to work side-by-side with his son Jason.
Dad and mom met while attending Woolwich school and were married in 1964. They were blessed with three children, Arlene Joy, Belva June, and Jason Lee. Family meant a lot to Dad and he enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
The last thirteen years were a huge change in our Dad's life as the stroke changed his life's journey and forced Dad into early retirement. Dad went from being the caregiver to now needing care. This transition came with a lot of struggles but dad remained optimistic that one day he would walk again and that day came for him on March 27 when he left this earth to walk through the gates of Heaven. Dad's relationship with his God was a solid one. Dad was an inspiring, encouraging, family loving man and he will be incredibly missed by his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Public come and go viewing will be held on Wednesday March 31 from 7-9 pm. A private family funeral will be held on Thursday April 1 at 4 pm at Birchwood Funeral Chapel. The family invites you to join the service via livestream on the Birchwood Funeral Chapel website.
As published in The Carillon on Apr 01, 2021
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