Obituaries: Jacob (Jake) John Wichert

1932 ~ 2021 (age 88)

On April 15, 2021 the world lost an extra ordinary soul after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Jacob was born to Jacob and Marie (Weins) Wichert on September 12, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was the oldest of six children. After finishing school and college in Rosthern, Sask. He took over running the family farm with his brother Arnold. In later years they helped each other on each of their own lands. Jake enjoyed farming and was known though out the area as a very skilled carpenter.

On a holiday trip, in 1971 he met a wonderful lady whom he married in Dec of 1973. They continued farming until his arthritis starting getting worse so they sold the farm and moved into Kindersley permanently.

Throughout their years together Jake and Lila enjoyed several trips and trips across Canada visiting family and friends and attending family functions.

Upon moving to Kindersley, Jake was kept busy as he was a member of the boards of The Kindersley Funeral Home and The United Church. He was a member of the food Grains Program and thoroughly enjoyed the harvest time. He also donated his carpenter skills to building in the Kindersley Museum until his arthritis got the best of him. Jake was a strong member of both the Mennonite church in Fiske and the United Church in Kindersley.

Jacob leaves to mourn him three step children Dianne (Bill) Tanasiychuk, Geraldine (Scoop) Leeper, Alexander (Afzia) McKilligan and his “Right Hand Man” Blair (Jennifer) Ferner and their families. This consisted of eleven grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great-grandchildren who all adored their “Grandpa Jake”.

Jacob was also survived by his sister Eva (Andy) Shannon and family, brothers Henry (Marlene) and family, Arnold (Bea) and family Otto (Jenny) and family. Sister-in–law Eileen Chudley and family. There are many more nieces, nephews and friends to numerous to name.

Jacob was predeceased by Lila his wife of 45 years, his sister Matilda and her husband, step-daughter Caroline and her husband Ken Ferner, step-granddaughter Cindy Robillard and step grandson Robbie Robillard.

Because of COVID, we will have a small service with a few family members and have a virtual service later on.

Instead of flowers could you please donate to the Canadian Food Grains Bank, Box 767, Winnipeg, MB R3C 2L4.

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