BERNHARD WIEBE HIEBERT
May 29, 1925 – January 29, 2020
On January 29, 2020 Bernhard (Ben) Hiebert aged 94 years, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Misericordia Place.
He is survived by his children, Diana (Ken) Birch, Ken (Tracy) Hiebert, Rose (Steven) Jemson, Brenda (Tom) Balzer, Ed Hiebert, his grandchildren, Tiana, Justin, Dayna, Danielle, Jordan, Tyler, Logan, Hilary, Jayne, Dylan, Alexa, Michaella, Ryker and great-grandchildren, Ben, Waylon, Hudson and Rowan.
He also leaves to mourn his sisters, Evelyn Heffernan (Pat) and Dorothy Eirikson. Ben was predeceased by his wife, Beryl of 46 years, parents, John LF and Elizabeth Hiebert, first grandchild, Joshua, sisters, Susan, Helen, Mary, Kay, Betty, and brother, John.
Dad was born in Randolph, MB (Chortitz. He grew up on the family farm, where he learned his hard work ethic, which he passed down to his children. Being the eldest son, among seven sisters and a little brother, he inherited a lot of the heavy work. In addition to farming his family’s land by horse and plow, he also farmed land up the road. After the family left the farm, he started working in the bush, clearing way for the Trans-Canada highway. He saved his money so he could take courses to become a Mechanic. In the mid-50’s, He started working at Inman Motors (later known as Gateway Chevrolet and then Terry Balkan Chevrolet). He ended his career at the Provincial Government Garage, where he retired in 1990. Dad could often be found in his garage after supper, working on client’s cars. His children couldn’t pull into the driveway without him checking to make sure their cars were in proper working order.
He met his wife, Beryl, through his sisters, since they shared the same rooming house and often brought Beryl home to the family farm on weekends. They married in 1957. Dad was a loving and caring provider, who didn’t always show his feelings. In his later years, especially after grandchildren started arriving, he softened and became more comfortable showing his love. In his later years, dad’s sense of humour really came out and it was great to see him laugh.
A celebration of Ben’s life will take place on Wednesday, February 5, 11:00 a.m. at Coutu Funeral Chapel, 680 Archibald St., with internment to follow, after refreshments.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Lung Association.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online book of condolences here at ejcoutu.ca
E.J. COUTU & CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS