LOEPPKY, Edvin Harry
February 22, 1943 — September 6, 2017
Ed to everyone who met him, was born on February 22, 1943 to Henry and Margaret Loeppky in Steinbach, Manitoba. From a young age, Ed worked hard at his parents’ convenience store and was always ready and willing to help support his parents, brother Ron and sister El in any way possible. Ed’s life was forever changed on Friday, September 13, 1963 when, on a blind date, he met the love of his life, Bonnie. On September 4, 1965, he married his sweetheart in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ed and Bonnie moved to Mississauga, Ontario shortly after their wedding, and later became a business owner in partnership with, Win Pixley at Pixley Decorating Centre. In 1972, Ed and Bonnie adopted their son Craig and entered the amazing world of parenthood. A year later, in 1973, they welcomed the birth of their son Chris. In 1974, they moved their family to Guelph, Ontario, and a year later, in 1975, they celebrated the birth of their daughter, Patti.
While living in Guelph, the family attended Harcourt United Church where Ed was always involved in ministry. Ed had a passion for fellowship and was instrumental in establishing the church’s Men’s Breakfast gatherings.
In 1986, Ed and Bonnie decided to move the family west to Kelowna, British Columbia. Ed soon became involved in ministry at Trinity Baptist Church. This is where Ed’s passion for the youth of the church began to shine through. Ed helped scores of youth raise money for missions trips, camps, and choir tours by starting a catering business for the church and employing the youth. Here he taught the young people the value of hard work, discipline, and gave them a sense of accomplishment that allowed them to earn the money the needed to spread the love of Jesus around the globe. Ed and Bonnie also travelled with Trinity’s youth choir and became the “Choir Mom and Dad” for the choir’s yearly tours. Ed touched hundreds of lives by simply showing Christ’s love in practical ways. He lived his faith and shared God’s love.
Later, Ed and Bonnie began attending Willow Park Church. Ed was always happy to lend a hand in the kitchen or create hundreds of Christmas tree stands for the Living Nativity. Ed loved to help and give. Ed was also a passionate supporter of Gardom Lake Bible Camp. He dreamed of the day he would send his grandchildren to summer camp to deepen their love and knowledge of Jesus.
In 2011 & 2015, Ed and Bonnie fulfilled a lifelong dream and traveled to Hawaii. Ed loved Hawaii, and if you ever saw him in his red shorts and Hawaiian shirts, you couldn’t help but smile at his childlike glee when talked about the beaches of Maui. He shared his love of the beach with his granddaughters and would take them to Kelowna’s own “Hawaii” beaches in the summertime.
Ed was an avid wood worker and could be found working in his wood shop throughout the year. His furniture and picture frames can be found in the homes of his numerous friends and many children have enjoyed his tables, chairs and desks. Ed was always quick to share and happy to create whenever the need was there.
Ed loved his family. His life became complete when he became a grandfather. His love for his grandchildren was limitless. Ed’s one regret when he learned of his medical prognosis was he would not be able to see his grandchildren grow up. His eyes would light up when the grandkids entered the room and his love will forever shine in their hearts.
We would like to give our sincere thanks to Dr. Dan Obedkoff for his wonderful love and care for Dad. We would also like to thank all the staff at the Kelowna Hospice House for their kindness during Dad’s last days.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gardom Lake Bible Camp designated “Camperships” www.gardomlake.ca.
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The service for LOEPPKY, Edvin Harry is scheduled for Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.