Jacob Reddekopp, age 75, passed away Thursday, April 6, 2023 with his family by his side at the Meadows – House 7, Swift Current, SK. Jacob Adam Reddekopp was born June 28, 1947 in Swift Current, the third child of Jacob & Helena (nee Fehr) Reddekopp. He attended school in Rosenhof, SK and worked several odd jobs, including as a farm hand for his future father-in-law.
It was while working on the Dyck farm that Jacob met Margaret Dyck and they were married on July 26, 1970. They were blessed with four children – Maria, Cornelius, Katherina, and Helena. They were together for 30 years until Margaret’s passing on November 24, 2000. In 2002, Jacob met Tena Penner and they became coffee friends, which led to their marriage in August 2003. They spent nearly 20 years together.
Jacob worked at the CP Railyard in Swift Current for 23 years and retired in September 2000, just a few short months before losing Margaret. He had a memory for remembering jokes and loved telling them to everyone he knew or got to know. He had a great sense of humor and liked going for coffee at Springs with Tena and their friends.
In 2022, Tena was admitted to long-term care as her dementia had progressed beyond what Jacob could care for on his own. This was incredibly difficult for him, as he had lost his support at home. He had problems with mobility and was admitted to hospital after several falls, which required therapy. After Tena moved to the Meadows, Jacob’s oldest daughter, Maria, stayed with him at the house to help him with day-to-day life. At the end of November 2022, they made the move to Heritage Towers so that stairs would no longer hold him back. Jacob enjoyed meeting people and liked that he could go downstairs and visit, and that there was a little store where he could get a few groceries if he needed them. In the evenings he liked to go downstairs and play games.
Jacob was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a couple years ago and received treatments until his stroke in February of this year. His left side was paralyzed and he was hospitalized until moving into the Meadows in March, where he lived for just one month before his passing.
Jacob is survived by his wife, Tena Reddekopp; his children and their families, his daughter, Maria (Ron) Wolfe, his son, Cornelius “CJ” (Sharmon) Reddekopp (his son, Rene, and stepchildren, Samantha, Bruce, Tyson and his family, and Alan and his family), and his daughter, Helena (Rod) Stolz (their daughters, Joelle and Gabby); his great-grandchildren; his four brothers-in-law; his five sisters-in-law; his numerous nieces and nephews; and by many friends.
Jacob was predeceased by his first wife, Margaret Reddekopp; his daughter, Katherina Reddekopp; his parents, Jacob & Helena Reddekopp; his stepmother, Aganetha Reddekopp; his sister, Eva Reddekopp and Mary Penner; his siblings in infancy; his parents-in-law, Diedrich & Agnes (nee Banman) Dyck; his mother-in-law, Katherine Penner; his three brothers-in-law; his sister-in-law, and numerous other extended family members.
The Celebration of Life for Jacob Adam Reddekopp was held on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 1:00 pm from the Swift Current Funeral Home Chapel, Swift Current, SK with Crystal Martens officiating. Tributes were given by Jacob’s family and friends.
The service was not recorded.
The service card is available to view below.
The Interment Service was held following the service from the Rosenhof Cemetery, Rosenhof, SK with Rod Stolz, Ron Wolfe, Cornelius Reddekopp, Rene Dyck, Tyson Christian, and John Froese serving as Pallbearers. David Froese and John Dyck were Honorary Pallbearers.
In memory of Jacob Adam Reddekopp, donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.
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