Our beloved father, Alfred Epp, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2020 in Saskatoon, SK at the age of 89 after a lengthy struggle with dementia. Alfred was predeceased in 2015 by his wife, Kay, the love of his life for 61 years. Alfred was the eldest son of seven children born to Mennonite homesteading parents from Southern Russia. He spent his childhood on the family farm near Fiske, SK, where he and his six siblings worked hard as his parents struggled to establish a farm in the midst of the Great Depression. Alfred attended school in Fiske and completed a year at Rosthern Junior College (RJC) before returning to help with the family farm. While visiting his younger siblings at RJC, he eventually met his life partner, Kay Thiessen. Alfred and Kay married in 1954 and settled into farming near Fiske and raising a family of five children in a house designed and built by Alfred. Alfred was ambitious and hardworking with an eternally optimistic outlook on life. He enjoyed farming with his brothers and his sons. As a gifted mechanic and welder, Alfred took pride in being able to fix most equipment on the farm. Alfred also had keen entrepreneurial instincts. With his brothers, Alfred started a service station, welding and repair shop, and trucking business at Fiske to augment farming income. The business quickly expanded with a move to Rosetown, SK in 1964 with the addition of a farm implement agency and car and truck dealership. Alfred and his family moved to Rosetown in 1972 where Alfred worked in the business and continued to farm near Fiske until his retirement in 1995. When the kids were grown, Alfred and Kay relocated to Saskatoon in 1979. Throughout his life, Alfred was an active member of the Mennonite Church. He and Kay did short term voluntary service work with the Mennonite Voluntary Service in Africa and South America, and enjoyed visiting the southern United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Australia. Alfred and Kay were enthusiastic ballroom dancers and were members of the University of Saskatchewan Ballroom Dance Club for many years. Alfred was a natural athlete and as a youth he excelled at hockey and softball. Alfred’s love of sports continued into adulthood, with family ski trips a particularly fond memory. In retirement, golf became his passion, especially during the winters he and Kay spent in Texas. Alfred will be remembered fondly for his love of country music and dancing, his gift for telling jokes, stories, and making people laugh. He was a loving and caring father and husband who will be deeply missed. He will remain in our hearts forever. Alfred is survived by his children, Darrel (Lynne Wawryk-Epp), Robert (Isabel Jones), Joanne (Janusz Kosmala), Jerry (Charmalee Kirk) and Lois (David Ward); grandchildren Zuri Epp (Steve Ekoudi), Kira Epp, Emma Dueck, Ameka Kosmala, Brita Pedersen, Haley Pedersen, and great-grandchildren, Enzo and Ezmé Epp Ekoudi; and his siblings, Anita (George) Bella, Elvera (Erwin) Klassen, Rita (Ralph) Dahl, Wally (Valetta) Epp, Dorothy (Gerry) Bowman, and Richard (Darlene) Epp. Our family is grateful to the staff of Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre for their compassionate care and for making Alfred’s days bright during his final years. An event for family and friends to celebrate Alfred’s life will take place in Saskatoon at a later date.
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