Samuel Moseanko, a long time resident of Ryder Lake, passed away peacefully on October 16, 2011 in Chilliwack General Hospital, age 87 years.
Sam was born at Lonesome Butte, Saskatchewan, May 25, 1924. At a young age, Sam’s family moved to Killdeer, Sask. He set up trap lines from home to school and would sometimes catch skunks and weasels. At age 14, Sam finished grade 9 and set out to get a job. He went to his sister Lena’s place at Viceroy.
In 1938, worked at the college, his older brother Andy was attending, in Lacombe. Sam worked for a year at Ostukamp’s farm, about one mile east of CTC. Later, left for Vancouver in the fall and worked in the ship yards over the winter with Paul Panko. Paul and Sam went back to Moose Jaw, where he worked at Swift Packers, and Robin Hood Mills, where Cousin Ed Kineshanko worked. Together Ed and Sam put in a wheat crop that sustained some hail damage, on a farm at Weyburn, Sask. After that farming experience, decided to go to BC with two horses, which they traded his sister Lena and Norman, for two cows. Arrived in Enderby, and worked at Ed’s uncle’s garage, Kineshanko Motors, with cousin Luke, in Vernon for about a year. Sam traveled to Vancouver Island in 1946. He was a mechanic with Commonwealth Construction, building equipment used for paving roads around Port Alberni, Parksville, Chilliwack, Boston Bar, Abbotsford, and Cultus Lake.
In 1949, Sam married Verna Quast, of Chilliwack. He carried on as a heavy duty mechanic, with Katz Logging Company. They moved to a farm west of Chilliwack, where Diane and Wayne were born. At this time, he helped build the oil pipeline from Hope to Coquihalla. The family moved to Ryder Lake on a 40 acre farm, renting for seven years, (which was eventually bought and he built the homestead).
Over the next forty years, Sam worked at Harrison, (with several logging companies). Sam farmed on weekends, during fire season and was home during the winters. Verna and his children helped to work the farm in his absence. In 1978, after back surgery, he retired to look after the cattle and enjoyed making cedar shakes, making smoked sausage, fishing (with the grandchildren), and hunting.
Sam was a long time member of the Farmer’s Institute.
Honourary bearers: Diane Rodger, Wayne Moseanko, Robert Moseanko, Donna Moseanko, Debra Piluk, and David Moseanko.
He is survived by sons: Wayne (Beryl); Robert (Sherry); David (Judy); all of Ryder Lake; daughters: Diane Rodger, Kelowna; Donna Moseanko, Ryder Lake; Debra (Randy) Piluk, Vernon; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, Terry (Inga), Wally; sisters, Ruth (Sylvester) Riffin; Lena Grange; Ethel Thomas; Cathy McTavish; Irene (Reg) Neal; also uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many dear friends and neighbors.
He was predeceased by his father, William; mother, Pauline; wife, Verna; brothers, Andy and Philip; brothers-in-law Norman Grange, John McTavish, Don Thomas; sister-in-law Wyonne and adopted son Gary.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Salvation Army, may be made, or to a charity of your choice.
Funeral service will be held at Henderson’s Funeral Home, Chilliwack, 2 pm Saturday, Oct. 22nd, with viewing held Friday, Oct. 21st, 6-8 pm and Sat. 1-2 pm.
Online condolences can be left at www.hendersonsfunerals.com