The family of the late Alfred Breitkreuz age 85 years sadly announce his passing on Friday December 18, 2020 at the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, Yorkton SK.
Alfred Frederick Breitkreuz went to be with his Lord and Saviour very peacefully on December 18, 2020. Alfred practised a strong faith in his Lord and to know he is no longer encumbered by his failing body and memory helps us now remember him as the loving, caring, loyal, honest, fair man that made him the best husband, father and friend anyone could have wished for. Alfred was born to Gustav and Emma (Arndt) Breitkreuz on August 27, 1935. He was born on the family farm a few kilometres from Springside SK were he would reside for the rest of his life. Family and church were very important and they would anchor him to the Springside and Yorkton area for the rest of his days.
He enjoyed hunting and trapping, he often spoke fondly of Sportie (dog) and their horse. He was an early bloomer to mechanical engineering, helping his seven year old brother build a ‘motor bike’. He was never greedy with his knowledge and shared it willingly with his brothers and I’m sure anyone willing to listen. In his youth he did venture out to B.C. for a short time and worked in Edmonton as a painter but returned to the Springside area to plant his roots. Growing up in a smaller community he of course was involved in the church where he and his brothers would form a quartet. Alfred enjoyed music very much. His love of music led to many recordings on cassette for himself, family and friends. He continued his hobby into the video age, again making many recordings of community, family and wedding events. In later years he spent endless hours transferring most onto discs.
Alfred always had a thirst for knowledge which would turn him from a hobbyist to a full craftsman. He had an innovative mind that made him a “Jack of all trades”. He was skilled at auto and equipment mechanics, equipment painting, welding, plumbing and electrical as well as being gifted as an audio engineer.
It was at age 30 that a path would lead him to a neighboring farmer (a widow) when she brought a broken implement for repair to the shop where he worked. Betty Block (nee: Mighton) became the love of his life and they married on September 28, 1966. Alfred adopted her three children Elaine, Rodger and Janice and became an instant father and husband. Two years later their son Arden was born to complete the family.
We learned so much from him it is truly impossible to list what we as kids deemed “life lessons”. Alfred’s health began to fail and he was unable to continue farming, so they sold the farm and moved into Springside to become a larger part of the community. Socially entwined with both church and community, there were many friends and family to keep them entertained. Alfred and Betty started a garden tilling/ lawn business locally (urban farming). Both drove school bus and Alfred’s handyman’s shop became a place to get anything fixed, welded or sufficiently patched with the steadiest of hands and his perfectionist attitude. Their later years led them fishing (mostly skunked), camping, still videoing, going to gospel jamborees and visiting family using their leisure van to journey to destinations on their own schedule. Inseparable their retirement led them to live in Foam Lake and then back to Yorkton, gathering more friends wherever they stayed. Alfred’s health continued to fail and in 2017 he moved into the Yorkton and District Nursing Home, with Betty a mere block away.
Alfred’s mark in this world will be treasured by his large family and so any friends. Recall a happy time you spent with him, he would appreciate that the most. He will be fondly missed until we are reunited again.
Alfred’s legacy left behind his loving wife Betty, children Elaine (Ken) Effa, Rodger Breitkreuz, Janice (Brad) Fritzke, Arden (Maha) Breitkreuz; eight grandchildren Ryan (Robyn) Effa, Julie (James) Bishop, Loralee (Tyler) Martin, Allan (Jodi) Breitkreuz, Richard (Anna) Breitkreuz, Kristine (Justin) Breitkreuz, Emily (Andrew) Crow, Holly (Jonathan) Machnee; great-grandchildren Kenten, Owen, Claire, Timothy, Theodore, Eli, Reid, Cole, and Sieria Rose. Survived by his sisters and brothers Hilda (Lawrence) Mantay, Dan (Marlene) Breitkreuz, Hannie (Mervin) Fichtner, Grace (Lawrence) Kopeck, Gordon (Wendy) Breitkreuz, Joan (Tex) Schirrschmidt, Ruth (Hector) Derow, sister-in-law Lillian McPherson and many nieces and nephews.Alfred was predeceased by his parents and his brother Ervin Breitkreuz..
Due to Covid -19 Restrictions a private family service took place on Saturday January 16,2021 from the chapel of Christie's Funeral Home and Crematorium with Pastor Richard Kauenhofen officiating. Interment to follow at a later date.
Should friends so desire, donations in Alfred's memory may be made to the Springside Baptist Church Building Fund.
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