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Bazel Leland Hoium

May 15, 2020


It is with sadness, that we announce the passing of our special uncle and friend, Bazel Leland Hoium, late of Midale, SK on May 15, 2020. 

Bazel was predeceased by his parents, Alfred and Emilie Hoium; sisters, Agnes Rosengren and Hazel Rose; brothers: Elwin Hoium, Marvin Hoium and James Hoium; brothers-in-law, George Rose, Norman Rosengren; sisters-in-law, Odelite Hoium, Alma Hoium; nephews: Howard Rosengren, Graham Rosengren, Les Hoium and Kevin Hoium; nieces, Gloria Gosselin and Lois Hinz; great nephew, Garth Gosselin

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Ruth Hoium, Midale, SK; his nephews: Harvey (Hertha) Rose, Leland (Wendy) Hoium, Reg Rose, Gary (Shelley) Hoium, Larry (Lorrie) Hoium, Ron Hoium and Neil Hoium; niece, Lynda (Greg) Savenkoff and special long time friend, Mary Konotopetz.

Bazel was born at his parent's home in Midale, SK,  March 15, 1928 along with his twin sister, Hazel (Rose).  He attended all his school years at Midale, SK.  In the early 1950's, he worked on the construction of two Provincial Community Pastures: one west of Midale and one at Mankota, SK. 

When the original (now legendary), Dr. Mainprize Regional Park opened in 1959, Bazel was hired as the first caretaker.  While working in this roll he assisted in several projects such as the construction of the 9 hole golf course and the two, one hundred and forty foot long swinging suspended cable bridges spanning the Souris River.  After 3 years in this roll he continued on staff as assistant caretaker for many years to follow.  During his time at Mainprize Park his duties included grounds keeper, grass cutter and boat ride operator. He also volunteered his services for many years.

With the coming of the Rafferty Reservoir Project (1994), Bazel worked along with the "New Careers" group helping in the re-location and re-establishment of the new "Mainprize Park and Golf Course" upstream, and the community pasture along its shores.

In 1963, Bazel purchased a farm on the outskirts of Midale.  He built a new bungalow on the site in the early 1990's.  He resided there until his admittance into the Weyburn Special Care Home in 2008 due to failing health.

Most of his working life, he owned and operated a mixed cattle/grain farm.  He enjoyed animals in general but especially horses, dogs and his cattle.  Many of his favorite social outings were trips to the Livestock Auction and market sales.

Bazel enjoyed various sports and golfed and curled during most of his active life.  He will always be remembered as the uncle whose preferred choice of footwear to golf in was "cowboy boots!"

He liked fishing and deer hunting season, and often went with his brother Marvin and nephew Larry.

Bazel was a "man of few words!"  Nevertheless he very much loved socializing with family and friends at every opportunity.

He was a lifetime member of the Midale Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  He loved country gospel music and listening to traditional gospel hymns.

Bazel never married but had a very special friend "Mary" whose company he enjoyed and who accompanied him to many special local events over the years.  Mary, along with his dear sister-in-law Ruth, remained dedicated and loving visitors and caregivers up to the time of his passing.  His many nephews and three nieces thought the world of "Uncle Bazel."

May he now rest in peace.

Due to ongoing Covid Pandemic concerns, there will be no public service at this time.

A Celebration of Life for Bazel will be held at a later date with service details to be announced when finalized.

For family and friends so wishing, charitable donations in memory of Bazel may be made to the Weyburn Special Care Home Auxiliary Fund, 704 ~ 5th Street, Weyburn, SK, S4H 1A3 or the Canadian Mental Health Association, 2702 ~ 12th Avenue, Regina, SK, S4T 1J2

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