1936 - 2021
Jacob Leonard Ginther, beloved husband of the late Nancy Ginther, passed away in Taber on Friday, May 7, 2021 at the age of 85 years.
As a result of the restrictions regarding COVID-19 and the government recommendations, a private funeral service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Len is survived by his children Jody (Mary) Ginther of Taber, Leni (Reed) Meachin of Coaldale and Todd (Rose) Ginther of Taber as well as his grandchildren Shane (Chloe), Brendan (Kaylin), Caitlin (Brock), Tamara (Joel), Emily and Allyson. He is also survived by his sister Joyce (Peter) Simard; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law Donna Ginther, Ted (Dolly) Stokes, Eunice Seidler, Butch (Linda) Stokes, Laurie-Ann Miller as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife Nancy Ginther; infant son Terry Ginther; parents Jacob and Helena Ginther; brothers and sister-in-law Elmer (Marlene) Ginther, Ernie and Frank Ginther; sister-in-law Joyce Dittberner; Nancy’s family, parents Fred and Myrtle Stokes; sister and brothers-in-law Ethel (Clinton) Knight, Eldon Seidler and Doug Miller.
Len was born March 30, 1936 and raised in Herbert, Saskatchewan. It was at a local dance that he met the love of his life, Nancy Stokes, and they were married in Swift Current on July 18, 1958.
Dad had several occupations including working road construction, driving bus and working for CP Rail. In the early ‘60s he found his passion working as a machinist and shop manager for Bowman Brothers which had us moving through three prairie provinces and putting down roots in Taber in 1975. At this time, he and Mom started up L&N Automotive Machine Ltd. and serviced southern Alberta with machining and parts until Jody and Todd took over the family business in 1984.
Dad loved his community through support of the Taber Golden Suns hockey team, where he drove the team bus, and was active in the Elks. With his loving partner by his side he was the biggest fan and supporter of his kids’ activities. Len was always ready for a good time and had a good joke to go along with it.
After his retirement, he had spent some time renovating his home but it was his love of ‘making a deal’ that led him to opening “Len’s Fine Used Furniture” on main street.
Dad could build or fix darn near anything and one could say his hobby in his retirement was shopping, looking for the best deals and treasures for those he loved.
Dad’s last years were dedicated to caring for Mom until her passing in 2019 and he eventually moved into Clearview Lodge in 2020 amidst his own declining health.
If friends so desire, the family kindly asks that memorial tributes in Len’s name be made directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta, Box 2211, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4K7 www.heartandstroke.ca or to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 www.tdhf.ca.
We would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Clearview Lodge and the Taber Hospital for the care and compassion shown to Dad over the past months. You always managed to keep a smile on his face through his difficult times and for that we are forever grateful.