FEDDERSEN, Ernest (Ernie)
April 17, 1924 – September 11, 2015 (91 years)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of a much-loved man – husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. It was the simple things around him in life that Ernie never took for granted, commenting daily how fortunate and thankful he was. He married Elsie Braun in 1947, who died early in life from complications of Alzheimers’ Disease. Ernie married Esther Rosenau and they enjoyed 25 wonderful years together. Not only had he been blessed with two committed marriages, but two families, unified in the love of their parents. Ernie involved himself in the lives of others. He was well known and respected in the local community, whether in Medicine Hat, Calgary, Kelowna or, in more recent years, Chilliwack. His business endeavours included farming, mining, trucking, managing Royalite service and bulk stations, and later, sales with Gulf Oil. Ernie was a man of deep faith that translated into years of volunteer service at various levels in the Evangelical United Brethren Church. He donated an annual scholarship to an affiliate college, contributing for fifty years. He also dedicated countless hours to the Alzheimer Society of BC, Snowmobiling Club, community board and Fraser Valley Salmon Society. Much time was spent on the Fraser, fishing with Esther and numerous fishing buddies, with stories that rival most. His greatest pride was his family whom he prayed for daily. He believed in the power, grace and peace of Christ which he now delights in. Ernie will be remembered for his strength of spirit and joy of life. Ernie is survived by his wife Esther, children and grandchildren: Melvyn and Linda (Kailea), Carolyn and Barry (Scott and Shaina), Bentley and Pat (Trevor, Joel and Jeremy), Marlene and Marvin (Chiara, Mark and Alayne), and Esther’s children: Marvin (Albert), Terry and Laurie (Michael and Dan), Glenda and Don (Meghan and Kayla), Gerald and Maisa (Frida), thirteen great grandchildren, siblings (Frieda, Christine and Lila), in-laws, nieces, nephews, friends and family. He was also predeceased by granddaughters Andrea and Jennifer. A celebration of Ernie’s life will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Cross Connection Church, 9310 Williams Street, (corner of Williams and Princess) Chilliwack, BC. If you so desire, memorial donations may be made directly to Samaritan’s Purse, 20 Hopewell Way NE, Calgary, Alberta, T3J 5H5,. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.hendersonsfunerals.com
Henderson’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
Henderson’s Funeral Homes 604-792-1344