He is survived by his wife Annie (Kasdorf), four daughters and their families: Shirley (Glen) Hutt of Clearbrook, B.C.; Gladys (Fred) Winkler of Steinbach; Brenda (Gerald) Kehler of Steinbach; and Audrey (Terry) Frey of Steinbach.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren, who he had a special love for. They are: Melanie and Trevor Hutt; Candace and Charissa Winkler; Josheyln and Shaylyn Kehler; and Carly Frey.
Also surviving is his mother-in-law, Mrs. Susanna Kasdorf; three brothers – Peter (Evelyn), Bill (Mary) and Ben (Tina); and three sisters – Elizabeth (John) Kasdorf, Anne (Peter) Funk, Susan (Corny) Funk; and special friends Jake and Beth Enns.
He was predeceased by a son, Leonard Milton in infancy in 1957; father Cornelius in 1962; stepfather Bernard Hildebrand in 1984; mother Anna in 1989; and brothers John in 1973 and Jake in 1992.
Dad was born November 23, 1930 at Lowe Farm. By the grace of God, he accepted the Lord in 1953 and was baptised. He married Annie Kasdorf that same year.
He worked hard all his life. His first job was on the Peter and Jake Enns farm as a young teen. In the ensuing years he became a grain elevator agent. In 1959 the family moved to Niverville to begin farming. He continued to farm in the Niverville-Steinbach area until 1981, when he started the trucking firm Hidden Valley Farms at Steinbach, which he owned until last year, when due to ill health he sold the business to son-in-law Jerry Kehler.
Dad had a lifelong love for horses. Other special interests included hunting and fishing.
He had his first heart attack in 1991. The next three years were a struggle with chronic heart disease. By God’s grace, the family feels fortunate to have had him with us the past two years after quadruple heart bypass in 1992, and through numerous other serious cardiac problems. Our gratitude goes out to God for our time with Dad during that time.
Dad became much closer to the Lord and his family through his illness. He particularly enjoyed spending time reading the Bible and praying with Mom.
In the last year Dad took on cooking as a hobby, and enjoyed cooking for his family. Mom and Dad prepared Thanksgiving dinner for the family on Thanksgiving Day. Shortly after a relaxing dinner, God called him home very peacefully.
The family believes it was God’s plan that we were with him when he died, to experience the miracle that God had planned for him on this special day.
The family acknowledges the outstanding and compassionate care from the nursing and medical staff at Bethesda Hospital during his struggle with heart disease.
A memorial service will be held Friday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Steinbach Mennonite Brethren Church at 340 – 2nd St. in Steinbach. Viewing will be Thursday from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the church, with a devotional at 7:30 p.m. Interment at the Heritage Cemetery in Steinbach following the Friday service.