October 27, 1927 – January 10, 2020
Edward Loewen passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on Jan. 10th, 2020 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ed was born October 27, 1927 in Colonsay, Saskatchewan along with sisters Anne and Christina. The triplets were the 8th, 9th and 10th of 13 children all born at home on the farm. Incubators not being available the three tiny babies were each put into a shoebox and placed on the oven door to keep them warm. Ed left school after grade 8 and worked on the farm with his father Henry until the age of 21. He then moved to Saskatoon where he met his lovely wife of 67 years Katerina Block and they were married there in 1952. Over a span of almost 60 years Ed worked in the construction industry in the three prairie provinces. He supervised the construction of homes, churches, hotels, apartments, barns and overpasses. During that time he also started several small businesses that built kitchen cabinets and custom homes. He loved to build things. After his retirement he volunteered to supervise the renovation of a number of churches in Winnipeg and several buildings at a Christian university in Lithuania and was always available to help family and friends with their projects. Ed was well known for his love of horses. Over the years he owned, rode and pulled sleighs with many horses, including his most beloved equine companion, Beauty. He organized many trail rides in the Rocky Mountains when he lived in Alberta. In Winnipeg he could be found with Beauty down at the Forks, visiting retirement residences or trail riding in Birds Hill Park where he never tired of brightening someone’s day with a little horse time. Having both knees and one hip replaced did not slow him down for long and he continued to ride Beauty into his early 80’s. Ed is survived by his wife Katerina, daughters Jackie (Leo) Brassard and Michelle (Rob) Wall; sons Gerry (Irene), Bob (Joyce) and Mark (Cheryl); grandchildren Shannon, David, Daniel, Jennifer, Caroline, Laura, Mark, Brooke, Alex, Jake, Vanessa, Camille and Nicole; and 14 great-grandchildren. Ed was raised in the Mennonite Brethren Church and faith in God was central to his life. He will be missed by his family and many friends and always remembered as an energetic, friendly, kind and loving man. A memorial service celebrating Ed’s life will be held at Klassen Funeral Home on Friday January 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM.
- Memorial Service Friday, January 17, 2020
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January 17, 2020
I used to work as a HCA at the block where Tina and Ed lived and I remember when Ed brought Beauty for the residents to see! Ed was a very kind, gentle soul and I remember him fondly. I’m sure that he’ll be missed by many people.
January 16, 2020
Sorry to hear of you loss. I have fond memories of Ed, Tina and your family from our times together at Pioneer Ranch in the ‘70s.
January 14, 2020
Uncle Ed was such a handsome man.
I learned so much about him in this beautifully written obituary.
My memories of him are all fond ones. He was always so loving towards me. Stan and I both thought the world of him and loved his adventurous, spontaneous spirit. We thought he was a real cowboy. His love for Aunt Tina and for his kids was always so obvious to us. He was a real family man. My memories are mostly from the years when Stan and I were first married but they are special ones none the less.
My deepest sympathies to you Aunt Tina and to each of your precious kids and grandkids.
I send all my love and prayers,
(Heaven grows sweeter every day.....xo)
January 14, 2020
I remember my first ride on horseback as a young teenager was at Uncle Ed’s farm. I felt like I was on top of the world. Thanks for that Uncle Ed and we will see you on the forever trail ride in Heaven some day! Love and prayers to Aunt Tina, Jerry, Bob , Jackie, Mark, Michelle and your family’s. Dave and Kathi Block