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Born: Jul 24, 1940

Date of Passing: Dec 17, 2018

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EARL MIKE ASMUNDSON July 24, 1940 - December 17, 2018 It is with heavy hearts that we announce that peacefully on Monday, December 17, 2018, Earl Mike Asmundson passed away at Vita Hospital after a two and a half year battle with lung cancer. Earl, also known to many as "Joe", was a loving husband, a proud father and grandfather, a loyal brother, a favourite uncle to his many nieces and nephews, and a close friend to so many. Earl was a friendly, kind, honest, hard-working man who had a positive impact on everyone he met. He loved his family, Piney, farming, carpentry and hunting. Earl made friends easily, striking up conversations and finding things in common, and also loved to tease and joke around. Earl was always willing to lend a hand and wouldn't hesitate to put others before himself. It was because of all of these admirable qualities that Earl was loved by so many. Earl was born in Vita, Manitoba on July 24, 1940 to Carl and Anna Asmundson, the eighth child in a family of ten children. Earl grew up in Piney, Manitoba, where he went to school, had his first few jobs, and met his wife Mavis, whom he married in 1962. Earl and Mavis lived in Winnipeg for the first four years of their marriage, but the 'gravitational pull' of Piney was too great, and in 1966, with their first child, Tim, in tow, they moved back to Earl's beloved Piney, where they added two more sons to their family and spent the rest of their life. Earl worked hard to provide for his family, including jobs in the building trades, farming, and for the Department of Highways and Transportation, where he spent 26 years. Earl retired in 1999 and enjoyed woodworking in his retirement years, spending countless hours in his workshop crafting all kinds of pieces that are enjoyed by many people throughout the province. Earl was predeceased by his parents (Carl and Anna), two brothers (Calvin and Edward), two sisters (Lillian and Aldis), and two infant sons (Jonathon and Robert). Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 56 years, Mavis, his sons, Tim (Lesley), Ron (Christine) and Paul (Christa), his #1 granddaughter (Bethany), and three grandsons (Gunnar, Axel and Magnus), as well as his brother, sisters, in-laws, and many nieces and nephews. Earl also leaves behind Yukon, his loyal dog, who would sit for hours and hours with Earl, providing comfort and companionship. The family would like to thank the staff at Vita Hospital for their care and compassion over Earl's final days. In addition, heartfelt gratitude goes out to all of the family and friends of Earl who would stop in for a visit, which made Earl's battle more bearable and brought joy and happiness to him. A special thank you to Lyle and Fred and Carol and Andy for all of their love and support for Earl and Mavis over the course of Earl's fight. A celebration of Earl's life will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 162 PTH 52W, Steinbach, MB. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Piney Community Church or Piney Cemetery. Arrangements by: BIRCHWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL 1-204-346-1030 OR 1-888-454-1030

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 22, 2018

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Mavis and Family, Thinking of you all at this most difficult time. May you cherish your memories of Earl and be comforted by those memories to keep you strong for each other. Our sincerest condolences, Susan, Perry, Caitlin and Britney Sawka - Posted by: The Sawka's (Cousin) on: Dec 27, 2018

  • So very sorry about your loss. The tribute to him in the obituary is beautiful. My sincerest sympathy to your family at this time. - Posted by: Maryann (Friend ) on: Dec 23, 2018

  • My dad Steve Dolynchuk was Earls first cousin from Tolstoi. I’m sending my deepest sympathy to all the family. God Bless Bernice and family - Posted by: Bernice Kowaliuk nee Dolynchuk (Distant cousin ) on: Dec 22, 2018

  • Uncle Joe, you will be missed. Auntie Mavis, Tim + Leslie, Ron, Paul + Christa we are so sorry for your loss. We have been praying for Uncle Joe and now that his painful journey is over we pray for each of you knowing that your days ahead will be hard, but your memories will last forever. May our God comfort you as you grieve. Love Jim and Shirley. xoxo - Posted by: Jim and Shirley Haslund (Friends ) on: Dec 22, 2018

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