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Eldon R. Wiebe

September 3, 1934 – November 16, 2020

To view the service for Eldon Wiebe click on the following link: https://come-together.ca/events/2020/nov/21/eldon-r-wiebe/ 

It is with sad hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Eldon Wiebe, beloved husband of the late Maggy Wiebe, on Monday, November 16th at Boundary Trails Hospital, after contracting COVID-19 at the Carman Memorial Hospital while awaiting placement to the Boyne Lodge Personal Care Home.  He was 86 years of age.

Eldon will be forever remembered and greatly missed by his children and grandchildren:  daughter Dianne (Jim) Toews, and their children Rosalyn (Luc), Ryan, Ian (Samara), and Wayne (Bailey); son Keith (Sharon) Wiebe, and their children Janice (Nick), Laurel (Chris), and Steven (Naomi); son Bruce (Noreen) Wiebe and their son Terrell (Janna); daughter Wendy (Paul) Bergen, and their children Darren (Nicole), Jarret (Megan), Cam (Christina), and Brad (Robyn); son Roger (Delsie) Wiebe; son Glen (Lorelei) Wiebe and their daughters Cassandra (Jonathan), and Desirae.  20 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandson added to the pride and joy he felt, and often expressed, for his expanding family. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Maggy in 2014, parents, John E and Agatha (Epp) Wiebe and sister-in-law Anna Wiebe.  He is survived by his sister Irene (Bill) Krahn, and his brother Brian (Beth) Wiebe and their families.

Eldon Rodney Wiebe was born on a farm near Myrtle, Manitoba, the eldest child of John E. and Agatha Wiebe and brother to Irene (Krahn) and Brian.  Close in age, Eldon and Irene spent many hours together, climbing, playing ball, or just hanging out.  Given the age difference and then career choices that lead brother Brian further away, Eldon was over-joyed to strengthen their brotherly bond when Brian retired to Carman.  Eldon began school in Myrtle and the family soon moved to a farm northwest of Carman in the Albert and McDermott school districts, interrupted by a short family move to and from Chilliwack, BC.  Eldon loved sports, and athletics came naturally to him.  While not big in stature, he was quick and nimble.  A strong student, and dearly wanting to continue his education, Eldon was asked to begin farming with his parents after grade 8, as was customary at the time. 

Eldon charmed Maggy and her parents from the outset, and they married on July 28, 1956.  Together they raised their six children on the farm northwest of Carman.  Money was scarce and so he looked for new ways to support the growing family.  From raising cattle, to being an egg producer, to cutting road allowance for the municipality, Eldon was resourceful and he enjoyed having his children involved where possible.  He sold the farmland in the early ‘70’s, continuing to work in a variety of roles.  These included helping to operate a butcher shop, driving fuel truck and managing Elm Creek Co-op, running the Carman Co-op Implement parts department, and then janitorial work at the Carman Schools.  He made his mark in each role as a dedicated employee who loved to work with people.  

Eldon loved to be physically active and participated in playing and coaching sports with his children.  Whether he was curling, coaching baseball, shooting crokinole, playing Stock Ticker, waterskiing, camping, fishing, bird watching, or just enjoying Hockey Night in Canada, he was engaged and content.  In later years, his social life included curling, bowling and eventually carpet bowling at the Active Living Centre.  As a Grandpa, he continued to follow his Grandchildren in sports and nobody would ever accuse him of being a passive fan.  His voice carried far and his enthusiasm was contagious. 

It was after marriage that Eldon accepted the Lord and was baptized, and it was always the strong desire of both Eldon and Maggy that the rest of the family choose that route.  Together with Maggy, Eldon faithfully served the Carman Mennonite Church in countless ways - Sunday School, Worship Leader, Church Board, Deacon, Usher, and Sound System operator.  Eldon was also a faithful volunteer outside of the church, helping to establish The Back Door Youth For Christ  Centre, supporting Maggy with Meals on Wheels, fund raising for Carman Handy Van, and as a long-term Board Member of the Carman Seniors Resource Council. 

Eldon was known for his positive, fun-loving personality.  It mattered not how long anyone knew him.  They were quickly drawn in by the ever-constant smile, the cheerful outlook, the teasing, a kind gesture, a helping hand, a hearty laugh, a friendly word. 

We were blessed to laugh and to cry with him as we were provided the opportunity to say our good-byes.  As family, we are grateful to the Staff and Doctors of Boundary Trails and Carman Hospitals for the loving care and compassion afforded to Eldon and family in his final days.

Memorial donations may be made to The Back Door Youth Centre, cheques payable to Youth for Christ, Box 449, Carman, MB, R0G 0J0.

 

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