Harry Wiebe passed away at The Meadows in Swift Current, February 19, 2020 with his family by his side. Harry was born September 21, 1934 at home 5-14-13-west 3rd, near Wymark, Saskatchewan, the youngest child of John and Maria (Dyck) Wiebe.
At an early age Harry began his working career. He left home at age 14 to go to Alberta for one year and began a journey that never really stopped. His early years saw him work for several farmers, stoking grain bundles and reliving the stories over and over about sleeping in the barns haylofts with mice crawling all over. Life was not easy, but Harry did have the determination to work hard and become successful.
Harry was baptized at the Rosenhof Sommerfeld Mennonite Church in 1953 by Reverend David Wall. Harry married Susan Banman, August 29, 1954 in Rosenhof, SK.
He worked at several service stations in Swift Current and at some point, even owned his own. After this Harry moved into the construction business owning gravel trucks and caterpillar crawlers. These activities kept him very busy and away from home a lot. That changed when he began his journey into the world of `garbage`. He began this journey by operating the Swift Current landfill as a contractor in 1970 and never looked back. Never one to be content with the status quo and the ever-present entrepreneurial spirit he saw the opportunity to begin a solid waste collection company called Triways Waste Disposal. This company began in 1981 and became a very successful operation under his leadership. He sold the company and retired in 1998; or so we thought! With the ever-present desire for something else he began another collection company in 2004, this time called Triways Disposal Services. He just had to get out of the house (mom said so) and do something and so he began this operation to go alongside his landfill contracting business. This business was sold in 2007 and retirement set in. Harry did suffer a major heart attack, which slowed the entrepreneurial spirit some, and life slowed down for the first time and he began to enjoy his `relaxed` time.
Never to be a great one for the Arts, he did participate in his grandchildren’s band festivals, dance recitals, school plays, and hockey games. Although Harry didn’t have many hobbies other than looking after his shop, he did find the Bronco hockey games enjoyable.
Harry will be deeply missed by his family, his wife of 65 years, Susan; his children and their families, Lloyd (Sheila) and their children, Thea (Dean) Heinrichs (Alexander & Athena) and Matthew (Brianne) Wiebe (Georgia & Jovi); Wayne (Lori) and their children, Melissa Wiebe (Salvador Manzano) (Amora & Solara) and Mitchell Wiebe; Fairlie (Lloyd) Walker and their children, Jenna (Justin) Wall (Nevaeh, Lane, Lucy Jane & Holt), Andrew (Kendra) Walker (Khloei Larson, Carter Kuhlmann, & Mason Walker), and Eric Walker (Fiancée, Taylor Lamb); his sister, Tina Krahn; and by his sisters-in-law, Tina Wiebe, Sally Wiebe, and Margaret Wiebe (Dave’s wife).
Harry was predeceased by his brothers, John, Ben, Jake, George, Nick, Peter, Dave, and Abe; his sisters, Mary Remple and Margaret (in infancy); his sisters-in-law, Kathleen, Agnes (Abe’s first wife), Gladys Wiebe, Margaret Wiebe (Abe’s second wife), Agnes Wiebe (Nick’s wife), and Mary Wiebe; and by his brothers-in-law, Ben Krahn, and George Remple.
The Celebration of life for Harry Wiebe was held on Monday, February 24, 2020 at 2:00 pm from East Side Church of God, Swift Current, SK with Pastor Bob Cappelle officiating. “It is Well With My Soul” was sung by the congregation, with Sheila Braun serving as pianist. Special music was brought by Julie Chickoski, who sang “One Day at a Time.” The tribute to Dad was given by Sheila Wiebe on behalf of Lloyd, Wayne, and Fairlie. Memories of Grandpa were shared by Thea Heinrichs, Jenna Wall, and Melissa Wiebe. The ushers in the church were Terry Wiebe and Ken Wik. The Private Family Interment Service was held prior to the Celebration of Life from the Rosenhof Cemetery, Rosenhof, SK with Harry’s Grandchildren serving as Pallbearers. In memory of Harry Wiebe, donations made to West Bank and the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
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