1931 - 2021
Bernhard John Baerg, beloved husband of Dorothy Baerg, passed away in Raymond on Friday, September 10, 2021 at the age of 89 years.
Relatives and friends were invited to meet with the family at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Thursday, September 16, 2021 between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M. At 7:30 P.M., a few words and a video tribute was shared with those in attendance.
A private burial service was held at the Vauxhall Mennonite Cemetery prior to the funeral service on Friday, September 17, 2021.
The funeral service was held at the Evangelical Free Church, 5431 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 2:00 P.M.
For those who were unable to attend, a video recording of the service is available by clicking on this link https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8_I9_T3mhlY&feature=youtu.be.
Besides his loving wife Dorothy, Ben will be lovingly remembered by their three children Barb (Glen) Andruschak of Vauxhall, Gord (Dana) Baerg of Lethbridge and Nancy (Andy) Goertzen of Calgary; ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Ike Baerg and Dave Baerg; sister Sue Unruh and by numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Ben was born in Manson, Manitoba on November 27, 1931 to Johann and Susanna Baerg, the third youngest of twelve. He grew up in McCreary, Manitoba. In 1956, Ben and his brothers Dave and Pete moved to Hays as part of the PFRA land exchange project.
Ben married Dorothy Klassen on November 8, 1958 in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Their first years were spent dividing their time between farming in Hays during the summer and spending their winters in Lac La Hache, Seton Portage and Williams Lake where he worked in the sawmills.
Ben and Dorothy were very involved in their extensive farming operation, growing a variety of crops such as seed potatoes, soft wheat, beans, green corn, canola and sugar beets. He was involved in a number of projects, one of his favourite being Farming For The Future.
Ben loved to travel and most often the trip involved family, either visiting them or travelling with them. He loved to go for afternoon drives and in his later years they would drive to Hays to visit old neighbours and friends.
Most important was Ben’s faith. He never wavered. It was how he lived his life. He was dedicated to the church. He was ready to meet his Maker. We rejoice with him.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Ben’s name may be made to a charity of one’s personal choice.
The family would like to thank the paramedics, Dr. Yawney and also the Raymond Hospital staff for the wonderful care and compassion they provided to him in his final days.