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EDWARD LOEWEN (ED) Obituary pic


Born: Oct 27, 1927

Date of Passing: Jan 10, 2020

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Edward Loewen passed away peacefully at the age of 92, on January 10, 2020, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ed was born October 27, 1927 in Colonsay, Saskatchewan, along with sisters, Anne and Christina. The triplets were the eighth, ninth and tenth of 13 children, all born at home on the farm. Incubators not being available, the three tiny babies were each put into a shoebox and placed in the oven to keep them warm. Ed left school after grade eight and worked on the farm with his father Henry, until the age of 21. He then moved to Saskatoon where he met his lovely wife of 67 years, Katerina Block, and they were married there in 1952.
Over a span of almost 60 years, Ed worked in the construction industry in the three prairie provinces. He supervised the construction of homes, churches, hotels, apartments, barns and overpasses. During that time he also started several small businesses that built kitchen cabinets and custom homes. He loved to build things. After his retirement he volunteered to supervise the renovation of a number of churches in Winnipeg and several buildings at a Christian university in Lithuania and was always available to help family and friends with their projects.
Ed was well known for his love of horses. Over the years he owned, rode and pulled sleighs with many horses, including his most beloved equine companion, Beauty. He organized many trail rides in the Rocky Mountains when he lived in Alberta. In Winnipeg he could be found with Beauty down at The Forks, visiting retirement residences or trail riding in Birds Hill Park, where he never tired of brightening someone's day with a little horse time. Having both knees and one hip replaced did not slow him down for long and he continued to ride Beauty into his early 80s.
Ed is survived by his wife Katerina; daughters, Jackie (Leo) Brassard and Michelle (Rob) Wall; sons, Gerry (Irene), Bob (Joyce) and Mark (Cheryl); grandchildren, Shannon, David, Daniel, Jennifer, Caroline, Laura, Mark, Brooke, Alex, Jake, Vanessa, Camille and Nicole; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Ed was raised in the Mennonite Brethren Church and faith in God was central to his life. He will be missed by his family and many friends, and always remembered as an energetic, friendly, kind and loving man.
A memorial service celebrating Ed's life will be held at Klassen Funeral Home on Friday, January 17, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 15, 2020

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