REIMER, Allen T.

My husband, our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Allen T. Reimer was born on January 13, 1935 to Henry L. and Susie Toews Reimer at home on the family farm at Swalwell, AB. On July 23rd, 2017, he left us quietly and peacefully like he lived, surrounded by his beloved family. We didn't expect the parting would be so soon. Mom did not realize that her last words to him the night before would be so relevant, “Goodnight. I'll see you in the morning.” His happy childhood years were spent on the farm with his six siblings and his Toews grandparents who lived on the same yard. He had many good times with his Reimer cousins. Dad gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized becoming a member of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite on December 5, 1948 by Min. Frank Hiebert. When he was 19, he was devastated by the death of his father. Dad married Jean Klassen on July 12, 1959 at Linden, Alberta. They spent 58 years together in love and companionship. They took over the family farm and that is where they lived and raised their family of five children. Dad was a farmer through and through, loving the land and raising chickens. In the early years he farmed with his brother Eddie and later with his own sons. In 2009 they built their retirement home and moved to Linden. This was a special time to them. They and the family are thankful to have daughter Wanda living nearby to care and share happy times. Dad was a big man with a big heart. His family relied on him for sound advice and wisdom. People were attracted to his warm and gentle ways. We all loved Dad's sense of humor and often shared good laughs. Many relatives, friends and salesmen enjoyed sitting around their table for a meal or a cup of coffee. The grandchildren loved to come sit with Grandpa and visit. Dad enjoyed fishing, camping, and travel. Many happy memories are treasured as a family. His visits to us were always a highlight. The Church was precious to him. His greatest concern was that we would all be saved and he prayed many prayers for us as a family. Devotions and singing together were important. The last song Mom heard him sing was 'I've Surrendered All'. In later years due to various health issues, his mobility was affected and his health declined gradually. Mom was very devoted and was always there for him. Because he was mostly house bound in recent years, phone calls with siblings, children and friends were frequent and anticipated events. In devotions, his prayers extended to include many loved ones. He enjoyed listening to church services over the phone. We as a family admired Dad's courage, strength and faith when faced with so much discomfort and pain. He was truly kind and generous to all around. We are very thankful to those who brightened his life in his later years by stopping in or with a phone call. Those left with precious memories are his wife Jean and their children: Greg and Esther, Elk Point, AB; Brian and Dorothy, Dewberry, AB; Jeannette and Johnny Wipf, Swalwell, AB; Wanda, Linden, AB; Darryl and Melody, Elk Point, AB; 12 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Siblings: Clara; Jac and Bernice; and Edward, of Linden AB; Gladys and Lloyd Penner, Stettler, AB; Sister in law Priscilla, Pincher Creek, AB. Jean's brothers: Melvin and Joyce Klassen, Stettler,AB, Phil and Carol Klassen, Vanderhoof, BC; Bob and Gerry Klassen, Enderby, BC, sister in law Karen Klassen, Stettler, AB. Loved ones gone before: His parents, one brother in infancy, brother Paul, sister Margaret one brother in law and two sisters in law. Funeral service were held July 28, 2017 at Church of God in Christ Mennonite, Linden, with interment in Linden Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetltd.ca