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Joseph Deeg

March 19, 1926 — November 23, 2017

It is with great sadness that we, Joe's wife and Joe's children,

announce the passing of our dear husband and father. Joe

passed away peacefully at Silver Heights nursing Home in

Raymore, SK on November 23, 2017.

Joe was born on March 19, 1926 to Joseph and Eva Deeg at

Kandahar on the farm.

Joe grew up on the family farm with his 5 siblings, Emilia, Ernie,

Martin, Raymond, Tina and Evelyn.

Joe went farming when he was 15 years old. His parents gave him

a quarter of land, 2 horses, a skinny heifer (milking), and some chickens.

Joe's sister Emilia moved in with Joe for a while, and later, Joe took in

his father and looked after him until he could get him into a home

at Kandahar. In 1946, Joseph/Dad married the love of his life, Lily

Moses. They lived with Grandma and Grandad Moses for 2 years.

They then built a small house in Edgebrook District SE 25-30-18.

Farming was their blood right from the beginning. Their hard

work and dedication to the land showed great pride. They were a

blessed with five children, Thelma, Betty, Louis, Alvin and David.

Joe provided for the family in whatever means needed which

included hunting and trapping and in the early years Joe worked

away from home during the winter in bush camps in Eastern

Canada. This meant leaving Lily alone to take care of the farm and

the young children while he was away.

Together, Joe and Lily taught the children the values of family life,

the importance of trust, honesty and hard work ethics. In this, leaving

the children with fond memories, including many gatherings with

friends and neighbours, many visits consisted of worldly

discussions, card games, music and laughter. Both Joe and Lily

had an ear for music and were able to play almost any instrument,

striking up any tune effortlessly on the banjo, guitar, fiddle,

mouth organ, piano and accordion, to name a few. When they

weren't playing music they were a beautiful couple on the dance


Lily passed in 1992, and was sad and devastating time for the whole

family. After 46 years of marriage, Joe struggled immensely,

since Lily was his strong right hand, soulmate and assistance who

guided Joe whenever needed.

On February 11, 1994, Joe started his next chapter of his life with

Beverley Degelman. Together they enjoyed many of the same

interests those being dancing, quading, snowmobiling, auction sales,

collecting antiques, watching threshing events, poker derbies,

working on the farm, travelling (to Vegas), playing pool with friends

until all hours of the night and Saturday night polka fest on the

radio at home, also visiting and following grandchildren at sports

etc. Music and laughter continued into this next part of Joe's life

journey. This time with children all grown and gone, Joe and Bev

had each other and a wonderful, loving friendship grew, and they

were best of friends and partners.

Joe and Bev sold the farm in 2004 and moved into Raymore

where they shared more time together. They then purchased a

trailer at Barrier and a Boat, and a small motor home, which they

would travel to many fiddle contests and music festivals.

When they weren't travelling they would often be found

dancing at Danceland on the horse hair floor.

On June 2, 2006, Joe and Bev were married and continued to

enjoy all of the travel until Joe, due to health, moved to Silver

Heights Nursing Home on September 1, 2016.

Where Bev was with him daily and by his side until his passing

on that very sad morning of November 23, 2017.

Our Joe was a man who had a very calm spirit and will always

be remembered for a few of his favourite sayings: "treat others

the way you would be treated" and "you only got one name so

look after it." Joe will always be remembered also for his many

interests: mechanics, welding, working on old fashioned clocks

and radios, restoring old cars (his favourite car was a 67

Cornet), farming, telling old stories and fixing almost anything

with a piece of wire.

Joe wanted his family family to remember him for the

following: his fiddle playing, mechanic work and welding. His

favourite colour was black, hymn was "In the Garden", and favorite flower

was a tiger lily.

Joe's unfinished work was to fly a plane; if he could have

changed one thing in his life he would have spent more time

with his kids.

We will all cherish the memories of this great man, husband,

father, stepfather, grandfather, step-grandfather, great-

grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and beloved friend to

many. Joe is survived by his wife Beverly.

His children Thelma, Betty (Barrie), Louis, Alvin (Donna),

David (Sheryl); grandchildren Norman and Francine, Trevor

and Trudy, Netanya, Chris and Jessie; his great-grandchildren

Sara, Alex, Julie, Sam and Terry, Hanna, Aidan and Landyn,

Haley, Ethan, Deegan, and Lily Anne; stepchildren Yvonne

(Harvey) and Shawna (Rick); step-grandchildren Kylie and

Drake. Joe is also survived and will be remembered by his

siblings Emilia, Ernie, Raymond and Evelyn.

On behalf of Joe's wife Bev and family, we would like to give

our heartfelt thanks to all family, friends and neighbours for

your thoughtful acts of kindness, comfort and understanding

that has been shown to us. It is very much appreciated. in closing, a great

big thank you to the staff of Silver Heights Nursing Home for

looking after our dear Joe.

Interment will be July 7, 2018 at Pleasant View Cemetery in

Wynyard. Time will be announced closer to the date.

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