Ben F. Loewen, age 89, passed away peacefully at the MSA Hospital in Abbotsford, B.C. on July 7, 2006.
He was predeceased by his first wife Alvina in 1993 after 53 years of marriage, second wife Tina in 2001 after 4 1/2 years of marriage, grandson Craig Loewen in 1981, and sister and brother -in-law Katherine and Harvey Van Penner and brother-in-law, Linden Penner.
Dad is survived by his daughters Grace Enns [Pete] and Lucille Kliewer [Reg], his son Larry Loewen [Geri], seven grandchildren Paul Enns [Wendy], Mark Enns, Matthew Enns [Erika], Jonathan Kliewer [Candis], Robert Kliewer [Kristin], Rachel Loewen and Chad Loewen, and seven great grandchildren Emily and Avril Enns, Avareigh and Ryder Enns, Logan Kliewer, and Jaimie and Andrew Kliewer.
He is also survived by his sisters Margaret Penner, Edna Reimer [Bill], Anne Loewen, Eileen Fast [George]. and his brothers George Loewen [Margaret] and Herman Loewen [Doris].
When his wife Alvina passed away, Dad married Tina Warkentin, and always enjoyed his relationships with Tina's children and families.
Dad was born in Steinbach, Manitoba in 1917 to Peter T. and Anna Loewen. His father started a General Motors car dealership in Steinbach in 1923, and Dad, with his two brothers, took over the dealership from their father. Dad sold his interest in the dealership in 1966, and with Mom moved to Abbotsford the following year.
Dad trusted Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and Lord at an early age, and was always thankful for what God had done for him. Dad was faithful and active in the church, particularly in choir and music ministries and was a big supporter of missions. He was enthusiastically involved in the Bakerview Senior Choir and the Abbotsford Male Chorus until last Fall.
Our Dad was a people person. In his travels with his family or alone later in life, he would not hesitate to keep in contact with as many people as he could, and keep up those friendships. He had such a keen ability to remember names and faces, history and events. He had a lot of stories to tell.
Dad especially wanted to keep in touch with his grandchildren, and even if he couldn't do that daily, he always included them in his prayers. We will miss him and those prayers dearly.
Funeral services will be heldÂ at Grace Church 2087 McMillan Road, Abbotsford onÂ Tuesday, July 11Â atÂ 11:00 am. Â Viewing will be held onÂ Monday evening July 10Â from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pmÂ at Woodlawn Funeral Home, with a devotional at 8:00 pm. Private family internment prior to the service.
If friends so desire, Dad would have appreciated donations to Send International, #1-22423 Jeffries Road, RR5 Komoka, Ontario NOL 1RO
"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise God to my last breath." Psalm 104:33