Official Obituary of

John Fehr

January 13, 1933 ~ March 4, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

John Fehr Obituary

It is with deep sorrow we say good-bye to our loving father, John Fehr. He passed away peacefully at Lethbridge Hospital on March 4, 2024 at the age of 91.

John is survived by his four children and their families: Doris Wilde of Calgary; Jan (Rob) Volb of Coaldale; Colleen (James) Guskjolen of Saskatoon; Rodney Fehr of Calgary.

He is also survived by his brother Dave (Doris) Fehr of Brandon; sister Sarah Morris of McGregor; brother-in-law Abe Schapansky and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

John is predeceased by his wife Eva (Schapansky) of 51 years, his parents Jacob and Katherine Fehr; siblings Dick, Tina, Jake, Ann, Abe, Mary, Helen and Neil; father and mother-in-law Jacob and Katherina Schapansky.

John was born January 13, 1933 in Morden Manitoba .  At the age of 21, he married Eva Schapansky on October 30, 1954 at Brandon Manitoba. It was there they began their life together and started a family.  Soon after they moved to a small acreage in Forest, Manitoba.

While living in Forest, John worked several jobs, most notably for Plains Western Propane.  Life in Forest was full of memories of dad digging forts for us girls in the snow banks, toboggan rides, and feeding the animals and myriads of other adventures. Never a dull moment and the value of family was not lost on dad.

Feeling restless, they took a risk and in the summer of 1965, they sold everything and moved to Penticton BC. John was resourceful and was not afraid to do different jobs for which he was not formerly trained. He soon found work at the Penticton Golf and Country Club as a greens keeper, and eventually became a lead foreman for the entire staff at the golf course.

Living in Penticton, he could indulge his love for fishing which he also taught his kids. He was a die hard fisherman, no matter the weather or time of day, dad was going fishing!

They lived in Penticton until the summer of 1972, when John, Eva and family moved to Portage La Prairie Manitoba.  When they arrived in Portage, he applied at Campbell Soup Company.  Knowing nothing about what was required of him, he learned quickly and was promoted to the role of assistant head cook, until the age of 52, when he suffered serious health issues that caused him to retire early. 

When Eva retired, they moved to an acreage at Edwin, MB. This season was one of having lots of animals and all that went with that life. It was a blessing and very memorable for them and their children and grandchildren, even to this day.

After a few years, they moved to McGregor, MB where they were finally able to enjoy their retirement years with less responsibility more time to spend with family and friends. Dad always made wherever they lived the best it could be.

In 2001 an opportunity came their way to move to Coaldale, Alberta, where their middle daughter Jan, and her family lived. It was a huge undertaking moving across the prairies, but once again, John never shied away from a challenge.

Even with health challenges, John loved, and lived, life to the fullest. Besides fishing and making useful things with wood, we have wonderful memories of dad gathering the family to play country and western music.  He played several instruments, most notably the fiddle. We realized you could put any instrument in dad’s hands and he would somehow make it come to life and fill our home with music.

His beloved wife, Eva passed away in 2005. This took its toll on dad, but he was determined to remain strong.  He would often say “never say die”. We as a family drew on the strength of his courage and tenacity.

He faced his greatest health challenge in 2019 when the decision had to be made to have his right leg amputated.  It was his most gruelling and toughest time of personal testing, but true to form, John rose to even this challenge. Though in pain everyday, his attitude was an inspiration to all who knew him.

John loved his family, extended family and all his friends dearly.  He was always thrilled to make a plan to gather as many of us together as possible.  He would tell stories, unforgettable one- liners, loved to make you laugh, and continued to make music a part of his life.  He always took time to talk to anyone who would pass him on the street or visit him in his home.

He loved generously with his time, wisdom, and inner strength. He will continue to influence all who knew him. His unforgettable personality and pursuit of life is what we hold dear every day. We love you, we miss you, and will always cherish you, dad!

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