Ernest (Ernie) John Schenher, late of Weyburn, SK, was born September 18, 1934, and passed away peacefully July 3, 2021. Ernie was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Margaret (Hirt); stepmother Theresa (Kreuter) Schenher; wife Vivian (Hazen); in-laws Benton and Mary Hazen; sisters: Frances (Joe) Ortman, Caroline, Helen (John) Frycz, Irene; brother Michael; step-sister Martha (Michael) Schoenborn; brothers-in-law: Jack Seis, Earl Johnson and Booker Cornea; also all of Vivian’s siblings.
Ernie is survived by his very special and best friend, Ileen Yates of Weyburn; daughter Susan (Bill) Pearce and family Curtis (Stacie) Pearce, Emily, Olivia, Isabelle, Hudson; Corwin Pearce (Ashley Ruecker), Harlow; Carrie (Thomas) Clark, Kai, Karson; son Darcy (Lisa) Schenher and family Deana Schenher (Landon Ullrich); Derek (Janine) Schenher, Ella, Evhret; and stepchildren Jared, Jesse Forsyth and their families; son Doug Schenher and family Benjamin, Thomas, Jacob (Brooklyn Hammond); daughter Sandra (Willie) Fisher and family Katlin (Tanisa) Fisher, Jayden, Paizlee; daughter Sharon (Sylvain) Lejeune and family Matthew Hendriks (Sarah Schaefer), Piper; Sheena Hendriks (Daniel Mullens); and stepson Jeremy. Ernie is also survived by sisters: Catherine Seis, Margaret Johnson, Agnes Cornea; brother Edward (Rose) Schenher; sister-in-law Rose Mary Schenher; brother-in-law John McLellan; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, along with Ileen’s family.
Ernie was born and raised on a farm in the Glasnevin area. Ernie was a hardworker who enjoyed farming. Ernie met the love of his life, Vivian Hazen, and they were married on October 12, 1957. They built a new home across from his family homestead. In 1970, they purchased land northwest and moved to the farm they would raise their five children and call their family home/farm. In 1984, they built and moved into a new home in Ogema. Ernie continued to farm from there for several more years. Ernie and Viv travelled throughout Canada and the US sightseeing and visiting family for several years until her passing in 1993.
In 1995, Ernie met the next love of his life, Ileen Yates. In 2003, he moved to an apartment in Weyburn so he could be closer to her. They attended many dancing, bowling, and other events and enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends at the Weyburn Wheatland Centre, where he was also a member of the Board for several years and was involved in a lot of volunteer work.
Family meant everything to Ernie. He coached and attended many of his kids’ 4-H and sporting events, grandkids events, attended family weddings, reunions, other special occasions and was often emcee. He w as a jack of trades, which his skills have also been passed on to his children and grandchildren.One of his proudest/memorable jobs was being that of general foreman of the Ogema Recreational Complex as well as the Deep South Personal Care Home in Pangman. Ernie held positions of Reeve and Councilor with the R.M. of Key West for several years.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, July7, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. from McKenna Hall, Weyburn, SK with Fr. Francis Plaparampil celebrant. Pallbearers were: Curtis Pearce, Matthew Hendriks, Derek Schenher, Benjamin Schenher, Corwin Pearce, Thomas Schenher, Katlin Fisher and Jacob Schenher. Eulogy was by Susan Pearce and Sharon Lejeune (daughters), soloist was Bill Pearce and accompanist was Jean Wagner. Church readers were Curtis Pearce (grandson) and Deana Schenher (granddaughter). Prayers of intercession were read by Ernie’s granddaughters: Sheena Hendriks, Carrie Clark and Deana Schenher. Interment followed at Ogema Cemetery, Ogema, SK.
For family and friends so wishing, charitable donations in memory of Ernie may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, 314 ~ 3rd Street, Weyburn, SK, S4H 0W7 or a charity of your choice.
For those wishing to join the family, please follow the live stream video by opening Ernie’s memorial page on RD Family Funeral Chapel’s website starting at 10:30 a.m. on Wed. July 7, 2021.
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