REIMER, Earl Leroy

My husband, our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Earl Leroy Reimer, passed away peacefully on December 28, 2023, at the Westview Care Community, Linden, reaching the age of 90 years. Some of the family was singing “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder” at his bedside when he passed. Leroy was born in Linden, Alberta, to Anthony and Caroline Reimer on May 1, 1933, and was raised in the area with his 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He attended the Fertile Valley School all of his eight school years. At 15 years old Leroy started working in sawmills at both Spray Lakes and Crooked Creek. He then worked in construction and started Master Woodcraft in Linden. He raised chickens for 38 years, being one of the first to do so in Alberta. He also enjoyed grain farming and gardening. The family remembers a large well-watered garden with rarely a weed in it, and an abundance of potatoes. Leroy met his future wife, Marianne Penner, when she came from Manitoba to stay with her cousins, and then started working at the Linden Nursing Home. They got engaged in June but had to wait until after the harvest that year, so they were married in Greenland, Manitoba, on October 21, 1955. They lived in several places for 2 years before settling on the home place 1 mile north of Linden. There they raised their family of 5 sons and 2 daughters. The many fun games of baseball played on the front lawn made for good memories. They retired and moved to Linden, living there for 18 years, then moved to Westview Care Community for the last 7 years. He became a Christian in his early teens, and loved his church, attending church regularly and was always on time. He served as a song leader for almost 50 years. His family has many good memories of him singing with them as well as quartet singing with friends. He passed on to his children and grandchildren a legacy of singing. Some other important things he enjoyed included disaster relief projects, often being the first onsite locally, with his boys in tow. Other projects included building fences after grass fires in Montana, and cleanup after fire or flood in BC. He owned a water truck prior to the fire department starting in Linden and loved helping the community with fire prevention. Dad and Mom loved traveling, and especially enjoyed trips to Brazil to visit Mom’s family. Those who will miss him dearly are his wife, Marianne, of Linden; children, Lester and Flora, Linden; Shirley and Darcy Toews, Abbotsford, BC, Shauna and Bob Boese, Earl and Caroline, Linden; Lorne and Staphene, Hythe, AB; Dalin and Shirley, and Gene and VJ, Linden; 23 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Audrey Toews, Pincher Creek, AB and Darlene Reimer, Linden; 2 sisters-in-law, Diane Reimer, Linden, and Ruby and John Hendrickson; as well as Marianne’s family. Leroy is predeceased by his parents, infant daughter Veronica Lynn, 3 brothers, and 1 sister. The family would like to thank the Westview Care Community staff for all the care Leroy received while a resident there. Services were held Mon., January 1, 2024 at Church of God in Christ Mennonite, Linden. Leroy was laid to rest at the Linden Cemetery. To send condolences to the family, visit www.sunsetltd.ca