The passing of Delmar Jacob Aebig, age 91 years, occurred on December 18, 2023, at the Mennonite Nursing Home, Rosthern.
Delmar was born on June 10, 1932, in Laird, SK. He was the second oldest of six children born to Jacob and Francis Aebig. The family lived and grew up in the town of Laird. They all attended the local school there. Delmar attended there until grade 11.
Sports were very important to him throughout his life, especially hockey. Delmar learned to skate at the age of fourteen and started playing for the Rosthern Wheat Kings when he was just sixteen years old. He also played alongside Fred Saskamoose, (who went on to play in the NHL), in Moosejaw when he was sixteen but being so far away from home and family was not for him, so he moved back to Laird.
After moving to Rosthern he started his lifelong career of buying grain, his first employer was a private dealer that bought grain for a local mill. He worked there until it burned to the ground in an accidental fire. From there he went on to Meadow Lake where he worked for UGG and played hockey for the local team. Carlton was the next placement and he stayed there for twenty years. This is where Delmar and his future wife would raise their family.
At one of the dances in Duck Lake that Delmar frequented, he met the woman who would become his wife; her name was Suzanne Gervais. She was a teacher at Titanic schools close by. They were married on July 21, 1952 and had three children. They lived in Carlton which was a good place to raise a family. They attended many dances and enjoyed outdoor sports and activities. A move to Hanley was made to work at the UGG there. From there they moved back to Rosthern and Delmar retired at the age of sixty.
Delmar has always been very active outside of work. Besides playing hockey he enjoyed golf, baseball, card games, watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren playing sports, and various types of woodworking. He has taken vacations to Winnipeg, British Columbia, and Mexico. He also liked animals and has had cats and dogs as pets.
Delmar is survived by his wife of 70 years, Suzanne; son Lorne (Daphne) Aebig, grandchildren Meghan (David) Minke, Kristen Aebig; son Colin (Laurie) Aebig, grandchildren Ryan (Dara), Shaun (Chantel), Rochelle (Blaine) Wotherspoon; daughter Stephanie (Kevin) Freeden, grandchildren Kaleb (Nicole) Freeden, Chad (Ashley) Freeden; 5 great-grandsons, 6 great daughters; brother Robert (Sylvia) Aebig; sisters-in-law Eliza Robin and Linda Aebig.
He was predeceased by parents Jacob and Francis Aebig; sisters Velma Aebig, Shirley Wiebe; brothers Lorne Aebig, Norman Aebig; granddaughter Shalagh Aebig; brothers-in-law August Robin, Rupert Gervais, Joe Rio; and sisters-in-law Elise Gervais and Rita Rio.
Thank you to all the nurses, doctors, and staff at the Mennonite Nursing Home during Dad's time there.
A Celebration of Delmar’s life will be held in the spring of 2024.
Arrangements are entrusted to Funk’s Funeral Home, Rosthern, SK.