In Loving Memory of
beloved husband of Agnes Epp
dad to Walter, Edward, Elfrieda, Ernie, and Judy
June 7, 2018
at his residence
Monday, June 11, 2018
Whitewater Mennonite Church
Viewing will be held at the church,
prior to the service.
Donations in memory of George may be made
to the Mennonite Disaster Service 6A-1325 Markham Rd. Winnipeg, MB R3T 4J6 or to
Boissevain and Morton Foundation
(Prairie Partners Fund) Box 1075
Boissevain, MB R0K 0E0
George B. Epp, age 88, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2018 at his home in Boissevain, Manitoba. George was born October 18, 1929, on Section 8-3-21W near Whitewater, Manitoba to Bernhard and Gertrude (Penner) Epp, the fourth oldest of eight children. George first met the love of his life, Augusta (Agnes) Wiebe, when she moved from Saskatchewan to Whitewater. They were married on October 6, 1951. Together they farmed, raising five children. In 1997 they moved from the farm to retire in Boissevain.
George is survived by his wife Agnes, children Walter (Janie), Edward (Sherry), Elfrieda, Ernie (Robyn), Judy (Don), eleven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, as well as three sisters and one brother.
While farming provided the majority of their livelihood, in the early years George earned extra money doing carpentry and trapping. Farming took them from Whitewater, to Ninga, then Desford, finally settling and purchasing a farm near Boissevain.
Faith was important, and with it the responsibilities of being a member of Whitewater Mennonite Church. George followed in his father’s footsteps, for 25 years keeping the membership records of the Church. He also served as Treasurer for 6 years. Shortly after retiring, in February, 1999, George and Agnes joined several other members of the church, travelling down to College Station, a poorer suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas, through Mennonite Disaster Service, to help with rebuilding of the community due to the damage caused by tornados. He described the service in the mostly black church (mostly only because the Canadians joined them) as a wonderful and remarkable experience.
On a more personal note, since his diagnosis George made a commitment over the past few months to read the Bible from front to back. Like everything in his life, he accomplished this too.
George believed strongly in giving back to his community. Over the years he served as a board member on what is now Prairie Partners Inc., served as councilor for the Rural Municipality of Morton, and helped build the Community Centre and served on its board. More recently he volunteered many years with other seniors in growing the recycling program in Boissevain.
Other involvements for George revolved around sports. He curled for many years, enjoying the opportunity to enter bonspiels with “my three sons” a few times. As well as being competitive in bowling and golf, he was treasurer for the bowling club, and treasurer for the senior golf club, retiring from the golf position upon completion of the 2017 golfing season. His other past time was fishing, right up to last year at Judy and Don’s cabin.
The family graciously thanks Dr. Nell, Monica Hintz and the other home care workers, as well as the health care workers at Boissevain Health Centre during his time in hospital earlier this year.