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GREENLAW:Darlene "Grams" Greenlaw, beloved Mom to Nadine (Don), Cheri (David), and Bunny, beloved Grandma and Great Grandma died May 2, 2016 at her home in Deloraine, Manitoba at the age of 86. In accordance with Gram's wishes cremation has taken place and her ashes will be scattered in the Atlantic Ocean at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Grams may be made to the Deloraine School for the purchase of playground equipment.
Messages of condolence may be made online at www.wheatlandfs.comSmith Funeral Home 204-747-2088 www.wheatlandfs.com
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JACKSON: Jean Eileen Jackson, much loved Mother of Darryl, Derryk and Janice, passed away in Brandon, MB on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the age of 88 years. A Service to Honour Jean’s Life will be held at Central United Church, 327-8th Street, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place at the Margaret Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jean may be made to the Margaret Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, Cheques payable to: Rural Municipality of Prairie Lakes, Box 100, Belmont, Manitoba, R0K 0C0 or to a charity of choice. Complete obituary information to follow.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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GILL: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Edith "Fern" Gill on April 26, 2016. Born in Bunclody, Manitoba on March 25, 1928, she received her education in Carroll, Manitoba. She went on to attend Brandon Business College in Brandon. Upon completion of her studies, she worked at the Head Office of Wawanesa Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Wawanesa, Manitoba. She moved to Brandon and worked for the P. A. Kennedy Music Store, on Rosser Avenue, where she met her future husband, William "Ken" Gill. They were married October 20, 1948 and together they raised two children, a daughter, Tanis and son, Greg. She was happily married to her late husband for sixty-two years. After her husband's early retirement, she worked at People's Jewelry Store in the Brandon Shopper's Mall, where she formed many lasting, life-long friendships with her co-workers and customers. She also sold and distributed Avon products and received recognition for her dedication, service, and sales leadership in the form of the President's Club Albee Award in the early 1980's. She loved baking and we fondly remember the aroma of fresh baked bread, buns, cookies, cakes and pies coming from her kitchen. She bowled five-pin in the Ladies' Centennial Bowling League and received numerous trophies. She never missed a televised game of her favourite professional baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays, if she could help it. Her love of the game came from her years of playing softball, growing up on the family homestead in Carroll, Manitoba. She also enjoyed watching her favourite NHL hockey team, the Winnipeg Jets when their hockey games were on T.V. She faithfully followed the local WHL hockey team, Brandon Wheat Kings on the radio. She was also an avid watcher and fan of the game of curling. She was predeceased by her parents Laura and Wesley "Wes" Jones, husband Ken, and brother-in-laws, Keith Blight and Melvin "Mel" Moore. She is survived by her daughter, Tanis Stapleton and son, Greg (Carolyn) Gill. Also surviving are grandson Brent (Tobie) Stapleton, great-granddaughters Jade and McCartney and great-grandson Jett of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; grandson Scott (Jodie) Stapleton and great-grandsons Brendan and Callum; granddaughter, Cindy (Greg) Turner and great-grandsons Grayson and Logan; granddaughter, Leanne Jenkins and great-granddaughters Grace and Madeline. Fern is also survived by her sisters Doreen Blight, Audrey Moore and Carole (Harvey) Jackson and numerous nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service was held at Brandon Cemetery on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Craig Miller, Knox United Church, officiating. Fern's beloved grandsons, Brent and Scott Stapleton served as urn bearers. A Time of Celebration of Fern's life followed at the George Brockie Fellowship Centre. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Fern's memory to Manitoba Lung Association, Box 20029, Brandon, MB, R7A 6Y8; Heart & Stroke Foundation, Unit 3-824-18th Street, Brandon, MB, R7A 5B7 or a Charity of Choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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FORSYTH: On Thursday, April 21, 2016, Alma Arline Forsyth (Thomas) passed away peacefully at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, at the age of 80 years. Alma was born June 2, 1935 at Grenfell, Saskatchewan, the youngest of six siblings raised on the family farm. In January 1954, Alma married Lorne Edward Forsyth. Lorne and Alma settled in Brandon, and in September 1959, welcomed their first son, Randy. In August 1962, Brooke, a second son became a member of the family. Alma worked as an insurance broker for many years until retiring to tend to her beautiful flower gardens and play a few rounds of golf. Alma was a wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and friend. She was predeceased by her mother Rosalie, father Jacob, all brothers and sisters, husband Lorne and son Brooke. Alma is survived by her son Randy (Cathy) Forsyth of Saskatoon, daughter- in-law Marie Linski and son Cody McCutchin of Brandon, granddaughter Allison (Chris) Risling of Lethbridge, grandson Thomas Forsyth of Saskatoon, great-grandson Everett and great-granddaughter Charlotte, as well as many friends and neighbours in the community. She will be dearly missed. A Graveside Service for family and close friends was held at Rosewood Memorial Gardens on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Alma may be made to a charity of choice.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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EWASIUK: On Sunday, April 17, 2016, Reginald Ewasiuk of Oak Lake, Manitoba and previously of Stoney Creek, Ontario, passed away at the Virden Health Centre, Virden, Manitoba. Born March 20, 1940 in The Pas, Manitoba, Reg later moved to Hamilton, Ontario, where he took his schooling. Reg was a Peacekeeping Officer in the Armed Forces in Cypress and other locations from January 24, 1961 to July 14, 1972. Following the Armed Forces, he became a long distance truck driver. He always had a pet cat that was very important to him and often accompanied him on his long hauls. When not trucking, Reg enjoyed fishing, swimming and had an interest in cars. He also enjoyed visiting family and had a special attachment to the family farm at Lake Audy, Manitoba. Remaining to cherish Reg's memory are his brother Adam Bradley (formerly Ewasiuk); niece Jacqueline Speight (nee Bradley); nephew Jeffrey Barnes and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Adam Ewasiuk; mother Eileen "Lena" Bradley; step-father Eric Bradley; sisters Peggy Barnes (nee Ewasiuk) and Carole Ewasiuk, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. A private ceremony will take place at the Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery at Horod, Manitoba. Pastor Matthew Enns of the Berean Church of Oak Lake, Manitoba will officiate. Honorary Pallbearers are Adam Bradley, Elsie Olson (nee Ewasiuk), John Ewasiuk, Ella Wynn (nee Ewasiuk), Jacqueline Pereira (nee Ewasiuk), Alvin Ewasiuk, Helen Ewasiuk, and all other family and friends. Urn Bearer will be Wayne Lees of Oak Lake, Manitoba. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Lint, Dr. Ho and all other staff at the Assiniboine Medical Centre in Brandon for their assistance on behalf of Reg and the family. Another heartfelt thank you to Dr. Daoud and the staff at the Virden Health Centre for their caring, compassion and quality of care through Reg's last hours, and for allowing family the use of the family room throughout. Donations in memory of Reg may be made to a charity or church of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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COCHRANE: With family by his side, Lloyd Merle Cochrane, formerly of Victoria Landing, passed away Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Assiniboine Centre, Brandon, MB. Lloyd was born April 23, 1920 on a farm four miles south of Elgin. Due to circumstances in the early thirties, he left school after completing Grade Eight and went to work to help support his family. He worked on several farms in the area before he was fortunate enough to secure a job on Rupert Barber's farm in the Underhill area. Lloyd was the same age as the Barber's only daughter Vivian. They had many common interests. Dancing was one of their favourite past times. Mr. Barber was kind enough to lend them his car so they could attend most of the dances in the area. Lloyd and Vivian were married September 21, 1940 at St. Mary's Anglican Church, 401-1st Street, Brandon, Manitoba. They lived with the Barbers until 1943, when Lloyd purchased the Ballantyne farm at Fairfax, Manitoba. Lloyd was a very successful farmer in the Fairfax area. He attended many short courses at the Ag School in Brandon. Vivian was his right hand man, and because in the early years there was only Vivian and the three girls, they all worked side by side to get the work done. We all have our special memories of those times. Lloyd was a member of the Kilwinning Masonic Lodge in Minto, Manitoba for many years. At a lodge meeting in Minto one evening in the 1950's, Lloyd, his father John who belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Elgin, his brothers Art and Ken who also belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Elgin, and his brother Ossie, who belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Cranbrook, B.C. all attended the same meeting in Minto. This was the first time that five Masonic Lodge Members of the same family had attended the same meeting. Lloyd was proud that he was able to retire at the age of 53. In 1970, he sold the farm and purchased a home on Richmond Avenue in Brandon. After a few years there, Lloyd and Vivian moved to Hemlock Crescent where they enjoyed retirement. Many happy times were spent with family and friends at that home on Hemlock Crescent. Lloyd and Vivian loved to square dance and travel. After retirement he and Vivian square danced for 37 years. Square dancing took them to all the Canadian provinces and many of the states in the U.S.A. Lloyd and Vivian spent 23 winters in Texas, enjoyed a trip to England, as well as a cruise to Alaska. Many long lasting friends were made during those years. In 2000, Lloyd and Vivian sold their home and moved to Lions Manor. After the loss of his loving wife, Vivian of 65 years, Lloyd moved to Victoria Landing Retirement Residence in 2007. He enjoyed his time there and made many friends. During the last few years his hearing started to fail, but his mind was incredible. We all knew who to call if we needed information about a family member, friend, or event. Lloyd was able to communicate better on the phone than in person, and looked forward every day for a call from his son and three daughters. Lloyd spent many hours watching TV. He had special shows he liked to watch, including curling, baseball, and hockey. After each sporting event, he waited for a call from Jack so that they could talk about the game. Lloyd was admitted to Brandon Regional Health Centre April 2, 2016. On April 12 Lloyd's brother Ossie arrived from Vernon, B.C. to attend a pre-arranged 80th Birthday celebration for Ossie, and a 96th Birthday celebration for Lloyd. Lloyd was not able to attend that celebration, but was able to reconnect, and enjoy time with his brother he had not seen for many years. On April 23 Lloyd celebrated his 96th birthday in his room with birthday cake, balloons, and family. He enjoyed that day. The morning of April 25, after a long and happy life, and with family by his side, Lloyd quietly slipped away. Left with memories of a positive, kind, hardworking, honest, happy man with a great sense of humor are daughters Fairlie (Keith Parker), Darlene (Glen Rose), Delma (Richard Schraeder), son Jack, six grandchildren and their spouses, thirteen great grandchildren and their spouses, and six great great grandchildren. Also left to remember Lloyd are brother Ossie (Jeanette), sister Donalda Neufeld, sister-in-law Vona Cochrane, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their spouses. Lloyd was predeceased by his loving wife Vivian Ethel (Barber), his parents John and Evelyn (Lougheed), brothers and sisters, Norma (Jack Davis), Arthur (Maime Cassels), William, Eldon (Louella Wright), Kenneth, and Marjorie (James Murphy). The Ceremony to Celebrate Lloyd's Life was held at Central United Church on Monday, May 2, 2016. Rev. Lydia Glawson officiated. Pallbearers were Jamie Rose, Dexter Grant, Ron Minary, Bill Routledge, Travis Rose, Danny Grant, and Stephen Grant. A private family interment was held at the Hartney Riverside Cemetery, Hartney, Manitoba. If desired, donations in memory of Lloyd may be made to a charity of your choice.
We all love you dad and will miss youand remember all the happy times we spent together as a family.
Expressions of sympathymay be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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GRAY: There will be a memorial service for William Gray on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Army, Navy and Airforce Veterans Unit #10, 31-14th Street, in Brandon, MB. It will be held at 1:00 p.m. Luncheon to follow.
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ROSE: With family by her side, Hazel Marion Rose, age 87 years, widow of the late Wes Rose, and loving mother of Karen Benham, Donna Eastoe, and Dale (Diniece) Rose, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at her residence, Fairview Home. The Funeral Service will take place at the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 114 Ashgrove Boulevard, on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. with viewing prior to the service. Pastor Laurel Seyfert will officiate. Interment will be at the Brandon Cemetery with a reception to follow at the church. Donations in memory of Hazel Rose may be made to ACC Foundation in support of the Hazel Rose Bursary for health-related studies, the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba or charity of choice. Complete obituary information will follow.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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HENDERSON:William David Wallace “Wally” Henderson; of Hamiota, MB; beloved husband of Hazel; father of David (Ruth), Debbie (Ron) Maxwell, Dale (Charlene), Diane (Sandy) Hopkins; passed away at home on Sunday, May 1, 2016 in his 80th year. A private family graveside will be held at the Crandall Cemetery. A reception for friends and family will be held at the Hamiota Community Centre, Hamiota, MB on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 2:00pm. For those so desiring, donations may be made in Wally’s memory to CancerCare Manitoba, PO Box 2248 Stn Main, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 9Z9 or to the Hamiota Agricultural Society, Hamiota, MB, R0M 0T0.
Messages of condolence may be shared at www.campbellfuneralhome.ca.
Campbell Funeral Home, Hamiota are in care of the arrangements. (866) 620-2744.
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HEARN: On Monday, May 2, 2016, Ivan Hearn, age 57 years, father of Shena, Jared and Orianna, passed away at the Minnedosa Hospital. The Funeral Service will take place at Memories Chapel, 330 18th Street North, on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Barb Jardine officiating. Interment will follow at the Rapid City Cemetery. Donations in memory of Ivan may be made to the Rapid City Rodeo.
Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.memorieschapel.com.
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RAE: Dennis: November 6, 1931 - April 24, 2016. It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear father Dennis Edward Rae at the age of 84 years, after a lengthy struggle with Parkinson’s disease at the St. Boniface Hospital. He will be forever missed by his children; Ken (Carolyn), Colleen (Perry), Shannon (Jim), his grandchildren Trevor (Danielle), Jason (Luanne), Jennifer, James and his two great grandchildren Sophie and Emma. He will also be missed by his siblings; Nina (Chuck), Connie (Nick) and Dorothy. He was predeceased by his parents John and Catherine Rae, his three wives; Dorothy, Mina and Joyce and also predeceased by his siblings; Frank, Les, Peter, Jean, Tina, Annie and Elsie. Dad was born in Two Creeks, Manitoba, and spent his growing years in that locale living and working on their farm with his ten other siblings. In Souris Manitoba dad met the love of his life Dorothy, whom he married in 1954. Through the years they added more love to their lives with Ken, Colleen and Shannon. Dad worked as a heavy equipment operator for 42 years for the Municipality of Glenwood. As retirement drew closer, Mom succumbed to breast cancer, leaving dad on his own. Retirement was a struggle until he met Mina whom he married and spent ten wonderful years together traveling the world and enjoying life to the fullest. Mina passed away and Dad was alone again. He met Joyce who he loved dearly and they married in 2011 in Las Vegas and spent a short life together. She passed away in the spring of 2012. Dad moved to assisted living at Sterling House in Winnipeg. He loved his days there enjoying his music by playing guitar and harmonica, like never before. He was always willing to entertain anyone who cared to enjoy it with him. Our fondest memories of Dad were at our family holiday get-togethers, where he never missed out on many chuckles. Dad was a kind- hearted gentle soul, and will always be remembered for his sweet nature. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Boniface Emergency, who are truly angels in disguise. Cremation has taken place, and a Celebration of Dennis’s life will be held at Faith Community Baptist Church in Souris, Manitoba on Saturday May 7, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. A Private interment in the Souris Glenwood Cemetery will take place.
Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net You're finally free, Rest in Peace knowing You are Loved
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MOTT: Russell William Mott, born November 14, 1942 in Winnipeg, MB, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 23, 2016, with family by his side. Russ is survived by his wife, Olive and her children, Eleanor Laloyaux and Chuck Laloyaux (Shashauna) and their families, and a special best friend, Olivia Relf. Russ is survived by his six brothers: Gary (Sandy), Gord, Ron (Paula), Robert (Joyce), Clarence (Cindy), Mel (Carolyn) and their families. Russ is also survived by his sister-in-law Marlene (Gary) Hyson and brother -in-law Brian Cochrane. Russ was predeceased by his parents Jack and Sophie Mott. Russ (Rusty) worked for Paladin Security for the last many years. He especially enjoyed his work at the Keystone Centre. Moving in and moving out for the different livestock shows, also the hockey games, Stan’s Fine Foods and the University Jazz Fest. A Service to celebrate Russ’s life will be held at Brockie Donovan Chapel, 332-8th Street, on Wednesday, April 27, at 11:00 a.m., with Arlene Robertson officiating.
Messages of condolence may be placed at www.brockiedonovan.com.
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MORE: Cara Lee More-Moffett, 43 years, beloved daughter of Marty and Nancy More, mother of Ethan, Calder and Deidra, passed away in Edmonton, Alberta on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Funeral service will be held at Kowalchuk’s Funeral Chapel, Souris, on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Interment in the Elgin Cemetery. In memory of Cara, donations may be to the Addiction Foundation or a charity of your choice. Kowalchuk’s Funeral Home, Souris, in care of arrangements. Expression of sympathy may be made at www.kowalchuks.net
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LIVINGSTONE: Ernest Ivan, May 21, 1936 - April 22, 2016. It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ernie Livingstone on April 22, 2016 at Chilliwack General Hospital. Ernie is survived by his loving wife and soul mate, Donna of 52 years; daughters, Marilyn (Drew) Whaley, Theresa Livingstone (Kirk Magel); granddaughter Kaitlyn Rose Whaley; twin sister, Edna (Harold) Rosling, sister Grace Lunn; dear friend Grace Whaley; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Ernie was predeased by his parents, Alexander and Agnes; brothers Joseph, Murvin, Walter, Harold; sisters and spouses Olga (Leonard) Kennedy, Jean (Murray) Garychuk, Margaret (Robert) Beattie; sister-in-law Marjorie (Joseph) Livingstone and brother-in-law William (Grace) Lunn. There was great excitement on the afternoon of May 21st, 1936 on the Livingstone Homestead located just outside of Pine Creek, MB, twins Edna and Ernie were born, the family was now complete. Growing up on the family farm everyone had their daily chores. They worked hard but the love and laughter filled the air! With so many kids a bucket of ice cream only lasted one meal! Ernie loved to build things, on October 9th, 1957 at the age of 21 years old, he signed Apprenticeship Agreement between Magnacca Building Projects Ltd. The next 4 years under the direction of Ernie Magnacca he continued to work towards his carpentry diploma. On Tuesday, June 20th, 1961 he wrote his final exam and passed with flying colors! He was thrilled to be Certified Journeyman's Carpenter. He could nail in a spike with two short hits, no air nailers back in those days. He loved to see a building rise from the ground to final completion. Ernie worked on big projects Assissiboine Centre, Brandon Shoppers Mall, Keystone Centre, Benco Pre-fab homes and then started his own business, Ernie Livingstone Builders. In 1972 he decided to build his family their dream home. He moved the tiny house to Oak Lake Beach and it became the family cottage. Summer holidays were spent at the lake, he loved to sit by the campfire, toast hot dogs. The family TV was tuned in every Saturday to Hockey Night in Canada. Cold frostie beside him and he sat on the edge of his seat and played every inch of the game, his arms waving in the wave and cursing at that refs! His favorite NHL team, the Chicage Blackhawks! He was season ticket holder for his hometeam, Brandon Wheat Kings! He was glad to have two Wheaties living at the house. He knew all the stats and cheered on his boys to win the Memorial Cup. You can still hear the echo, ‘Hey boys Kraft Dinner is ready!’ Then in summer of 1985 the Michegan ball players arrived in a jam packed Datson. He had a great summer watching his two new adopted sons playing baseball at the Cloverleaf Stadium. He cheered on his boys and loved yelling at the Ump ‘No way that guy was out’. We loved sitting with the boys and drinking a cold beer after the game. Ernie loved the mountains, out of the blue he wanted to move. In 1989, they sold everything and moved to BC. He continued to build cabinets and Donna managed Bole Apartments. He enjoyed dancing at the legion branch #280, car shows and country fairs. Early morning, round of golf and in later years, tap ins at Cultus Lake. On October 2, 1995 the apple of his eye arrived, Kaitlyn Rose Whaley. He was her greatest playmate, he walk her to kindergarten, push her hours on the swing, taught her how to ride a bike. He was thrilled when she decided to play hockey, he loved to tie her skates. He was her #1 fan, we proudly wore her Nait jersey. He cheered her on to win the ACAC Women’s Hockey Championship! Go Whaley Go! His passion for the love of hockey will continue to live on thru the legacy of Kaitlyn Rose. He lived his life to the fullest, loved to joke around, tell a story or two. Ernie will continue to live on in the hearts of everyone that knew him. Please join the family as we honor and celebrate the life of a wonderful man. Celebration of Life will be held in BC on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Royal Canadian Legion Branch #280 Vedder Golden Chilliwack, BC. At later date in Manitoba, Celebration of Life for Ernie will be held on Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Douglas Community Hall, 301 Railway Street, Douglas, MB. Those who wish to honor Ernie in memory, may donate to Alzheimers Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation or Douglas United Church.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.hendersonfunerals.comArrangements with Henderson Funeral Homes and Grematorium, 45901 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack, BC.
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KIEPER: After a long life, well lived, (John) Willis Kieper, late of Russell, Manitoba died peacefully on April 27, 2016, six weeks and two days shy of his 100th birthday at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon. Willis was predeceased by his beloved wife Lorena (Tony) nee Adolphe in 1983, his great grandson Brady in 1991, parents, and brothers: Tom, Ross, and Alex, and step-son Don Thickett. He is survived by his second wife Verna (Evans), son Jim (Brian Spilak), daughters Judy (Kelly Caughlin), Jan (Ron Payne), daughter in law Rose Kieper, step-daughters Gail Thickett and Joyce Evans (Tim Lee), and sole surviving brother Bill Kieper. His legacy continues with his grandchildren Tom and Cindy Kieper, Teresa and Curtis Boucher, Richard and Tracy Kieper, Sue Caughlin and Lance McKinley, Mark Caughlin and Kendra Gaede, Paul and Diana Steiner, Josh Payne and Susan Ewasko, Brett Payne, Douglas and Daniella Thickett, Kim Thickett and Rod Marks, and great-grandchildren Ashton, Wyatt, Lane, Luke, Carter, Matthew, Alexander, Tyler, Jenna and Brianna. Willis was born June 10,1916, the fourth of five sons, on the family farm located in the Minniska District to parents Julius and Lettie Kieper. He had little formal education, leaving school in the eighth grade, but became a life long learner in attitude and practice. While in his teens, Willis developed a successful mink fur business with his brother Alex as a sideline to the family farm, until the late '30's. He took over his father's farm in 1940 and in 1941 married Lorena Adolphe of Russell. In the early 1950s he began developing a purebred registered Hereford herd and by 1963 Willis and son Jim formed a farm partnership under the name of Half Diamond K Ranch. Over the years they earned first place ribbons and Grand Champions at winter fairs and cattle shows. A pinnacle in 1973 saw Half Diamond K take the championship in every category of Hereford bulls at the Brandon Winter Fair. Willis was Named to the Canadian Hereford Association Honour roll in 1984. Willis was involved in many farm organizations serving as a director of the Manitoba Beef Grower's Association and the Manitoba Cattle Producer's Assoc. He was Manitoba Director for the Canadian Hereford Association and then it's president in 1972. While president and head of the Canadian delegation, he and Tony travelled to England and then South Africa to attend the World Hereford Conference. Their grandchildren enjoyed many years of Grandma Tony's slide shows from that journey featuring English countryside, city of London, and their safari in South Africa. Willis joined the Masonic Order in 1960 served as Master of the Russell Masonic Lodge in 1967, and past District Deputy Grand Master of Fifth Masonic District. He was a life long member of the United Church first in Minniska, then Russell Knox United, and Trinity United in Brandon the last three years. Willis married Verna Evans and they moved to the town of Russell in 1987. They resided thereuntil August of 2012 when they moved to Victoria Landing Assisted Living in Brandon. A celebration of his life will be held at Knox United Church, Russell, MB at 2:00 p.m., Monday, May 2, 2016 with Rev David Howell officiating. Interment will follow in the Russell Memorial Gardens. If friends so desire donations may be made to CancerCare Manitoba.
Remembrances and condolences may be emailed to bbfs@mymts.net
Braendle-Bruce Funeral Service of Russell are in care of arrangements. (204) 773-2747.
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