Mr. Edward John Tumbach, aged 94, passed away peacefully with family by his side and went to be with his Savior on November 8, 2021 at the South West Integrated Health Care Facility (SWIHCF), Maple Creek, Sk. A full life was lived until age and declining health necessitated living at Cypress Lodge Assisted Living Maple Creek. A hearty thankyou to Jenni and her staff and recently the SWIHCF where he was cared for as family.
Ed was born February 23, 1927 on a farm near Blumenfeld, Sk., the oldest of four boys born to Alexander and Pauline. He achieved his early schooling at Baden, a country school one mile from the farm. Ed attended St. Charles Scholasticate in Battleford, Sk. for Grade ten. While there he was also a Cadet. He returned home to help on the farm when his father became ill.
He married Anne Volk of Mendham on December 29, 1947 at St. Anthony Church in Mendham. For a short time, they lived in Acadia Valley, Alberta where Ed worked at the local bar. They returned to the Liebenthal area where Ed farmed successfully. Even after moving to Leader in 1980, when his son Ron moved to the farm, Ed continued to be active in the farming operation with his two sons until he retired at the age of 77. His life-long-interest in farming and the weather was inspiring.
Ed was involved in church and community organizations in the surrounding areas of Liebenthal, Mendham, Leader and Prelate. He served on many Committees and Boards including Chair, Mendham Credit Union. Ed & Anne were known for their hospitality especially to the Parish Priests having them over for meals and socializing. The Ursuline Sisters of Prelate were special to them too. They were generous in transporting seniors to appointments and Church. Ed enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels. Two of his most revered memberships were with the Leader-Mendham Knights of Columbus and the Leader Lions Club where he received special recognition for 53 years of service.
Over the years Ed & Anne enjoyed many social activities including curling, ball games, fishing and travelling to Germany with a local sports team. One hi-lite was being in the crowd at Empire Stadium when the Saskatchewan Roughriders won the Grey Cup in 1966!
He was a very devoted and generous husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Family was important to Ed and he had an excellent memory as to who was related to whom. He was fortunate to have so many living close by, including Richard (farming one mile down the road), Roy at Brooks and Frank at Medicine Hat.
His children were also close by; Daryl and Eileen in Maple Creek, Ron and Brenda on the farm, and Dennis and Bev on the farm and Medicine Hat. There were many family celebrations with children, grandchildren and others dropping in to share a meal, visiting and laughter. Family and friends are Blessed to be in possession of many fine memories and one-of-a-kind relationships. For example, simply meeting on the street or at the post office.
Ed was pre-deceased by his wife of 69 years – Anne, an infant child; parents Alexander and Pauline (Michel), an older brother in infancy; brothers – Frank, Richard and Dolores and sister-in-law Aileen. Also, Anne’s parents Fidelis and Magdalena (Bischoff) Volk; her brothers Frank and Anne, John and Pauline, her sister Edith and Pete Garrecht and her brother-in-law Mike Frey.
Ed is survived by son Daryl and Eileen – Janna and Richard Cuthbert, Alexandra; Kirsty and Brad Sanesh, Faith, Paxton, Shea; son Ron and Brenda - Christian and Jennifer, Rhonda and Ryan Heather, Lochlan, Colton, Anna, John and Melissa, and Matthew; daughter Beverlee and Dennis Klein - Greg and Tani, Mila, Oscar. Also survived by brother Roy, sister-in-laws Julie Frey, Anna Tumback and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to Little Flower Parish, the Leader Lions Club or a charity of your choice.
Vigil Prayer Service, Little Flower Church, Leader, Sk. 7:30 pm, Friday, November 12, 2021. Funeral Mass 1:00 pm Saturday, November 13, 2021. Interment will be held at a later date.
Thank you Norm for service above and beyond at Binkley’s Funeral Service.
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