Arnold Biberdorf, late of Weyburn, SK, passed away at Tatagwa View Care Home surrounded by his loving family, on February 15, 2019 at the age of 91 years. He was born April 15, 1927 in Russia and immigrated to Canada as a young child with his family. When he was 15 years old, he started farming with his Dad near Frobisher. In 1953 when Arnold was 25, he met and married Barbara Hutfloetz and they had three children.
Arnold was predeceased by his parents: Berthold and Ottilia; infant sister Olga and three brothers-in-law.
Arnold will be lovingly remembered by his wife Barbara of 66 years; son Gerald, Frobisher, SK, and his children: Jamison (Della), Quentin (Kayla), Nathan (Jenn); daughter Carla (Doug) Read, Coquitlam, BC and their children: Alison (Anthony), Julia, Lauren (Jayme); daughter Natalie (Graham) Stearns, Weyburn, SK and their children: Megan (Darcy), Alyssa, Haley and Laura; 7great grandchildren; sisters Benita Brennan and Alma McGill, Estevan, SK; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many friends.
Arnold operated a mixed farm in the summer and often had other jobs in the winter, such as driving an oil truck or operating a snow plough. When Arnold was 27, he was diagnosed with cancer. He had early treatments at the Mayo Clinic and always believed that God blessed him in his recovery. He was a very devout Christian, attended church weekly and became an elder in the Lutheran Church.
Arnold had many friends in the community and was well respected for being a fair and honest person. He was a member of the Lions Club and proud to be an elected trustee in the Estevan School Division for 21 years. Arnold loved participating and watching sports. He was on a senior men’s curling team, a fan of the Blue Jays and NHL hockey.
In 1988, Arnold semi-retired from farming and moved to Estevan where he had a wide circle of friends. Arnold and Barbara enjoyed travelling to various places in the United States, Canada, and Europe. They spent several winters in Arizona. In 2006, Arnold was diagnosed with leukemia and survived this illness.
In 2011, Arnold and Barbara moved to Weyburn. They were very involved with grandchildren and made new friends at the local coffee shop and church. When he became a resident at the Tatagwa View Care Home in 2017, Arnold was grateful that he was able to be close to home so that friends and family could easily visit. He will always be remembered for his devotion to his family.
A Service of Remembrance was held Monday, March 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from Zion Lutheran Church, Weyburn, SK with Pastor Victoria Mwamasika officiating. Urn Bearer was Jamison Biberdorf. Honorary Pallbearers were all Arnold's grandchildren. Luncheon followed the service at Zion Lutheran Church with interment held at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Estevan, SK.
Flowers are gratefully declined. For family and friends so wishing, charitable donations in memory of Arnold made to the Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 504 Windsor Street,Weyburn, SK, S4H 0W9 or The Sun Country Therapeutic Animal Park, c/o Don Sealy, 605 Windsor Street, Weyburn, SK, S4H 0X1.
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