Frank Gunther

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Frank’s family immigrated to Canada in 1924, settling in Beechy, Sask., in 1924. Frank’s mother died in 1936, leaving his dad with 9 children. Frank accepted Jesus as Saviour at 15. His father remarried in 1938 to a widow from Rush Lake, Sask., with 10 children, including Margaret. After meeting her at the wedding, Frank began biking or walking 27 miles to her Rush Lake home to court her. They started life together on the farm in Beechy. Frank loved to farm, raising cattle, horses, pigs. He also worked as a grader, Caterpillar and backhoe operator; mechanic; truck driver; and carpenter. He could fix almost anything. Frank sang tenor in duets, trios, quartets and choirs. He loved to play games and practical jokes. He taught his children to be good losers. In the 70s, Frank had severe back pain, but exercises helped: he even played Twister with his grandchildren. Frank and Margaret moved to a farm in Cecil Lake, B.C., in 1977. At church, he led music, youth and adult Sunday school, and started a New Year’s Eve broomball tradition. He led residents at Heritage Manor in a monthly singalong. Frank loved his family.

  • Birth: March 21, 1922
  • Birthplace:
    Ekaterinoslav, Russia
  • Death: May 24, 2017

  • Married:
    Margaret Klassen, July 26, 1941
  • Family:
    Margaret; children Irene Feargue, Evelyn, Eunice (Charlie) Wiebe, Muriel (Randy) Greer, Lorne (Julene); 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; 2 siblings
  • Church:
    North Peace MB, Fort St. John, B.C.