Victor John Wiebe passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2004 in Abbotsford Hospital at the age of 84.
Vic is survived by his wife Freda; his sister Anne Carleton; and his eight children; Wayne (Arlene) Wiebe, victor (Erin) Wiebe Valerie (Kip) Miller, Kathi Farquhar, Larry Wiebe, sheila Wiebe, Duane (Jeannie) Wiebe, and Bryan Wiebe. He also has 18 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren to remember him.
Vic was predeceased by his brothers Peter Wiebe, Jack Hamm, and Vern Hamm, his sister Rita Audrulevich, grandson Jason and great grandson Roger.
Victor Wiebe was born to Katharina and Jacob Wiebe in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, on August 26, 1919, and moved with his mother, to Canada in 1923. After living on the Canadian prairies and attending Three Hill Bible Institute, Vic enlisted in the Canadian army and was sent to England as a medic. He transferred to the Intelligence Corps and served as corporal, lance corporal, and as sergeant. Vic was a proud member of the Candian Legion for over 55 years and always attended the Remembrance Day services at the cenotaph.
While stationed in Devon, England he met amd married Freda and the two of them celebrated their 61st anniversary last year. After World War II he moved to Sumas Prairie and first lived near Yarrow, before moving to a dairy farm in Arnold where he and his growing family lived for many years. During that time Vic was first elected as councillor/alderman to the Sumas Municipal Council and late to the Abbotsford Council. He served the community in that capacity for 25 years. Vic was responsible for Sumas developing public parks within its boundaries and he worked to provide and improve the water systems in all areas of Sumas.
Besides being a farmer Vic held jobs with the post office, Canada Customs, Canada Immigration, and then as a right-of-way agent for several companies, finishing his career working for B.C. Hydro. Vic worked at securing property easements for pipelines, transmission lines, and purchased lands flooded by the Kennleyside and Bennett Dams.
Vic had a strong Chirstian faith, and enjoyed singing with the Abbotsford Male Chorus and the Men of Song. He proudly wore a pin, “Jesus First”, and lived his life with that in mind.
Vic was interred at Hazelwood Cemetery with a memorial service following at Central Heights Church on July 8.
Donations in his memory may be made to Focus on the Family, Canadian Bible Society, or Gideons International.