Abe Unruh Tribute Fund
1929 – 2014
Abram Unruh, beloved husband of Helen Unruh, passed away in Taber on Thursday, December 25, 2014 at the age of 85 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
The Burial Service will be held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery (travel north of Vauxhall on Highway 36 almost seven kilometers, then head east on Township Road 140 just over one kilometer) on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.
The Funeral Service will be held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Brethren Church, 320 - 9 Street North, Vauxhall on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 3:00 P.M.
Besides his loving wife Helen, Abe is survived by their four children Terry (Coreen) Unruh of Hays, Ramona Stauth of Calgary, Mark Unruh (Cathy Halliday) of Hays and LaWanda Unruh of Hays; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Jo Herfort and brother Henry (Sue) Unruh; sister-in-law Mary Unruh and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents David and Elizabeth Unruh; brothers Dave, Pete and Jake Unruh; sister Liz Rempel; sisters-in-law Esther Unruh and Anne Unruh; brothers-in-law Steely Rempel and Henry Herfort.
Abe was born May 13, 1929 in Stavely. While still quite young, his parents moved his family to Vauxhall where he attended school and helped farm until he met Helen Bueckert and they married November 10, 1956. They settled in Hays and farmed the Riverbank Ranch with his brothers Dave and Henry until purchasing his own farm that he worked until retiring in 1994.
Abe’s had two passions, one being farming. He worked hard on the farm and while he tolerated field work, he loved working with cattle. He was a long time member of the Hays Stock Grazing Association and a generous supporter of the local 4-H Beef clubs. After retiring, Abe continued to help his children on the farm which is now owned and farmed by his youngest son Mark. He also began collecting antiques which fill three buildings on the homestead in Hays.
Abe’s other passion in life was his family. He loved visiting and playing cards and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Abe’s name may be made directly to the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation 960 - 19 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 1W5 (www.crhfoundation.ca) or to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9.
The family would like to thank all those who helped care for Abe during his last few weeks.
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