Jacob “Jake” Driedger, age 71, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Clover House, Swift Current, SK with his family at his side. Jacob “Jake” Martin Driedger was born on May 19, 1947 in Swift Current— the youngest of sixteen children born to Cornelius & Katherina Driedger.
In January of 1969, Jake met his future bride on a blind date. Six months later, on July 20, 1969 Jake married Mary Funk in Gouldtown, SK. A year later, they welcomed their first daughter, who was followed by three more daughters in the next three years. Jake was a mixed farmer for most of his working days, along with other occupations. His first job off the farm was as a brick layer alongside his cousins.
He had a talent for carpentry, which he was able to use to his advantage as he worked for various contractors in the Swift Current area. Later, he worked at Crystal Temp, then secured a position at Dura Products in Swift Current, where he worked for ten years until he was forced to retire due to his health.
Aside from spending time with friends and family, Jake had a passion for auto restoration, tractors, playing games, and enjoyed being a regular on coffee row.
Jake was baptized upon confession of his faith in 1969. Throughout his life, his faith and love for Jesus were very important to him and kept him strong. This was never more evident than the peace he had in his final days.
Jake is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Mary Driedger; his four daughters, Elaine (Maurice) Schapansky, Barb (Herman) Neufeld, Karen (David) Schlamp, and Wilma (Gary) Fyten; his eight grandchildren, Domonique (Andy) Hodgson, Darin (Seanna) Schapansky, Matthew Neufeld, Nathan (Sammy) Neufeld, Brennen Schlamp, Keisha Schlamp, Chelsey (Kyle) Key, and Jayda Fyten; his great-granddaughter, Charlie Hodgson; his mother-in-law, Susie Dyck; his siblings, Elizabeth Peters, Bernard Driedger, and Cornelius Driedger; his numerous brothers and sisters-in-law; and by his many nieces and nephews.
Jake was predeceased by his parents, Cornelius & Katherina Driedger; his father-in-law, Henry Funk; six of his sisters; six of his brothers; and by several in-laws and extended family members.
The Funeral Service for Jacob “Jake” Driedger was held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 2:30 pm from Trailview Alliance Church, Swift Current, SK with Pastor Bryon Bezanson officiating. “Where the Roses Never Fade,” “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be,” and “What a Day That Will Be” were sung by the congregation under the leadership of Marvin Hildebrandt, with Janice Bezanson serving as pianist. The eulogy was given by Jake’s daughters, Elaine, Barb, Karen, and Wilma. Tributes were given by Jake’s granddaughters, Domonique, Keisha, Chelsey, and Jayda. The ushers in the church were Gord Klassen, Frank Rempel, Dave Fehr, Stan Aikens, Jake T. Janzen, and Jake W. Janzen.
The Private Family Interment Service was held prior to the Funeral Service at the Rosenhof Cemetery, Rosenhof, SK with Maurice Schapansky, David Schlamp, Herman Neufeld, Gary Fyten, Darin Schapansky, Brennen Schlamp, Matthew Neufeld, Nathan Neufeld, Andy Hodgson, and Kyle Key serving as Pallbearers.
In memory of Jake Driedger, donations made to the Lung Association of Saskatchewan would be appreciated by the family..
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