Arthur Heppner, age 94, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at the Cypress Regional Hospital in Swift Current.
Art was predeceased by his wife, Katie, in 2011; his parents, John & Maria Heppner; his parents-in-law, John & Katherine Grunau; his sister, Ella Heppner; his brothers & sisters-in-law, Peter (Erma), John (Ruth), Ruben (Norma); and by his brothers-in-law, Ernie Smith and Henry Klassen.
Art is survived by his sister, Leona Smith; his sister-in-law, Erna Klassen; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
Art was born on February 28, 1925, in Waldheim, SK. He enjoyed his sports! While attending Carmen School, his recesses were spent outdoors. During the winter the priority was hockey (Art was an avid Toronto Maple Leaf’s fan) and in summer it was softball. Toronto Blue Jays were his passion and that has rubbed off on his nieces and nephews! As a young boy, after chores were done, Saturdays were spent with his brother, John, trapping gophers for a penny a tail. In later years, when living at Riverview Village Estates, he couldn’t stand to see the gophers running free. He again set out traps and thinned the gopher herd to the delight of the city. After completing grade 8, he worked for various farmers. He attended Swift Current Bible School from 1946-1949. During the summer he worked at Elim Beach where a young lady by the name of Katie Grunau worked at the canteen. Soon they were courting and were married in the spring of 1951. Art was employed by Ed Look’s Garage in the parts department. The garage was sold to Pratt, and Art continued in the same position until he became parts manager. He retired in 1988 after 37 years of service. Art loved gardening, spading up the ground until he was satisfied it would produce and enjoyed keeping the yard neat. He had a passion for his cars and treated them with special care. He also enjoyed golfing, bowling and singing in the male choir. Art’s priorities were his God and faith including the church. Here he was a faithful member who seldom missed a Sunday morning service. Next in line were his wife and extended family. Laughter came easily to Art; he loved a good joke and was quick to respond. His chuckle will be missed, along with the handouts of Juicy Fruit gum.
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