Oscar Bernhard Hammer
October 11, 1926 to February 11, 2021
Passed away at Maple Creek, Saskatchewan after a short hospital stay.
Oscar was born at the NW-35-13-27-W3 to Clemens and Meta (Schmidt) Hammer, along with his twin brother, Oswald. He was raised in the Thunder Hill District, south of Golden Prairie, Saskatchewan. He, along with his brother, farmed with their father on the original homestead where he lived until he retired to Maple Creek in the fall of 2002.
November 20, 1953, Oscar married Eileen Countryman and resided on the family farm, ranching and farming. They raised three children, Sharon, Stewart and Edward. Oscar and Eileen were active in various service clubs and were an integral part of the Thunder Hill community. He was a lifetime member of the B.P.O.E. Elks of Maple Creek for 53 years and a dedicated committee member of the Agricultural Society and Rodeo Committee. He was a Councillor for the Rural Municipality of Big Stick No. 141 for ten years. Oscar also dedicated time to the Jasper Cultural and Historical Centre building picnic tables, saddle stands and other jobs that needed to be completed. He was an avid volunteer and wouldn’t miss a chance to visit the residents at the manor or long -term care. Oscar was very well known for ticket sales on behalf of the Elks and there wasn’t too many in town that he didn’t talk into buying from him! In his youth, he was a pitcher for the Golden Prairie Chinooks and throughout his life he was an avid sports and rodeo fan. He attended many, probably almost all, hockey games at the local arena.
Oscar is survived by his children, Sharon (Bob) Popick and their children Jody (Scott) Knapp and Brett Popick; Stewart (Shirley) Hammer, and their children Erik (Inga) Hammer, Colin Hammer and his daughter, Aliza, and Terri Lynn Hammer; and Edward (Dalyce) Hammer and their son, Carson. He is survived by his brothers Ted (Marie) Hammer and Conrad Hammer and in-laws, Wayne Countryman, Bruce Countryman, Neil Countryman, Ida Peters, Jean Purves and their families and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Clemens and Meta; his wife of 53 years, Eileen Hammer; his twin brother Oswald (Helen) Hammer, his sister Esther (Willard) Mitchell and sister-in-law Yvette Hammer. He was also predeceased by in-laws, Shirley Munsch, Lila Wolfater, Velma Wolfater, Lois Bonnell, Ruth Goldie and Allen Countryman.
A private family service was held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Binkley’s Funeral Home in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. Oscar is interred in the Maple Creek Cemetery. Anyone wishing to make donations are invited to do so to the B.P.O.E. Elks of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.
Oscar’s family would like to thank the staff at the Southwest Integrated Healthcare Facility for the care they provided to our dad and grandpa. We would also like to thank family and friends for their expressions of sympathy and their support. Oscar will be truly missed within this community.
As our dad would say, “It’s a great life if you don’t weaken” and “Keep between the ditches”!
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