Wayne Ellis Toews was born to Walter and Lydia Toews on Feb. 6, 1964 in Three Hills, Alta.
On April 26, 2021, Jesus came to take him home.
His sudden death was caused by a blood infection.
Wayne was the youngest brother in a family of 11, growing up on a dairy farm in Linden, Alta.
His love of horses began as a boy, riding his pony bareback, going for the cows.
When he was 16, the family moved to Stettler where he helped turn a hayfield into a productive farm which he still called home.
Wayne gave his heart to God and was baptized into the Church of God when he was 16 by his Uncle Jake.
The commitment he made at Preparatory Class was important to him.
When there was Church, Wayne took his family.
He loved singing and, lately especially, listening to singing.
He prayed for his children and grandchildren by name every day.
On Feb. 28, 1988, Wayne married me, Sharon Froese.
God gave us 33 full years together.
We were blessed with four children and spent many happy family times, farming, camping and travelling.
I treasure the memories of places we went together.
His interest in people and concern for their salvation led us across the waters to several missions.
He always had time to put the coffee on if you came to the yard. You know who you are!
The Dad we loved was always teasing and chuckling, his brown eyes sparkling.
He loved filling the house with youth and meeting new people.
It wasn’t strange to hear him ask people “What is your country?”.
He always told us to pray. “God has a plan.”
He taught us how to farm the right way, all the way down to chaining the gate properly so the cows can’t open it.
He brought his Dolly, Kara Jayne, everywhere with him.
We went on many town business trips together.
Dad often told us boys that he wasn’t farming for himself.
“I don’t need all this. I’m doing it to help you get started”.
His three little “butcha” grandchildren loved their papa and his special toys.
He could always make them smile by making glasses with his hands.
“We’re going to shine for you now… Dad!” – Your Honey, Sharon, Trevor and Sheryl, (Rhett), Kristi and Dallas, (Wyatt and Betsy Jo), Sheldon and Kara.
Also his siblings: Earl of Linden, Alta.; Delbert and Malinda, Cecil and Helen of Bow Island, Alta.; Janice and Gerald of Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho; Anita and Leonard of Hythe, Alta.; George and Rosanna, Grace and David, Merv and Wanda, Connie and Ray of Stettler, Alta. and Lorne and Myra of Beaverlodge, Alta.
Sharon’s Family: Mom Ruth of Brandon, Man.; Ralph and Mavis of Sinclair, Manitoba; Brian, Salmon Arm, B.C.; Gary and Inez, Brandon, Man.; Ken and Robin, Grande Prairie, Alta.; Tannis and Heath, Durham, Kansas; Wayne and Laura, Steinbach, Manitoba; and Ellen Reimer, Kelowna, B.C. Also many nieces, nephews and friends.
Gone before are his parents, father-in-law, oldest sister Marilyn, and four nephews.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sunsetltd.ca.