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Benjamin "Ben" WiebeMay 24, 1929 ~ October 24, 2017 (age 88)
Peacefully with family at his side on Tuesday, October 24 at Portage General Hospital, Ben Wiebe, loving father, grand father, great grandfather passed away at the age of 88 years.
Dad was predeseased by his "little Eva" as he called our mom Sept. 1, 2012. He is survived by 6 children, Reg (Diane), Pat (John), Howard (Edna), Tom (Teresa), Carol (Darrell), David (Brooke) many grandchildren and great grandchildren, brother Tom (Wilma) and sister Rose . He also held dear to his heart what the family considered our other brother and sister, Ron and wife Shelley.
Dad had many friends in addition to his family whom he cherished and enjoyed their comraderie. During his brief stay in hospital the many friends that visited and inquired on a daily basis were testament to that.
Dad was a giant of a man attributed to his big heart and empathy for all. His curiousity often led to generousity to those less fortunate in life. He would frequent the local coffee shops and make friends with everyone around him. He was curious when a complete stranger would come in particularly if they appeared to be lonesome or distressed. Dad had a unique way of comforting someone in need or just giving them words of encouragement.
Dad was not judgemental and always advised us that one should treat others the way we would want to be treated. He was gentle and understanding in addition to being well-informed of current events which led to many deep conversations with anyone who would listen. We will never forget his famous opening words when he wanted to tell us something: " I may have told you this, but......" and then he would proceed to tell us his story regardless if he had told us many times before, somewhat embelished of course.
To his family Dad was much more that just a father. He was a friend, a partner, a buddy with deep love for all. He had his own special relationship with each of his children which only a kind and loving father could share.
Dad came from a humble, hardworking farm background. After leaving the farm, he bought a small acreage and dabbled in farm real estate for a number of years. He took pride in treating everyone fairly and used his uncanny ability to converse in Low German and High German whenever the opportunity arose.
A special thank you to all who cared for Dad at Portage General Hospital ICU and Pallative Care.
Funeral service will be held at Omega Funeral Home on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. A private family interment will take place at Hillside Cemetery.
Should friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to Portage General Hospital.
Portage District General Hospital Foundation
524 Fifth St S.E., Portage la Prairie, MB, R1N 3A8,