HEIDUK - It is with saddened hearts the family of Edward "Ed" Heiduk of Calgary, AB (formerly Yorkton, SK) announce his passing. A loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Ed was welcomed to the Kingdom of Heaven peacefully Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the age of 89. Ed was born on January 6, 1928 and was the eldest of Annie (nee Sliz) and Karl "Charles" Heiduk's four children. He was raised and went to school in the district of Brewer northeast of Melville, SK. Growing up he enjoyed the company of his brother Arthur and kid sister Shirley and greatly admired his father who taught him many things about farming, mechanics and the necessary skills to succeed in life. During 1944-1945 at the age of sixteen he left the farm to attend Farm School at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon where he would receive his Vocational Agriculture Diploma. After his father passed away in 1948 the operation of the farm would become his prime focus. On June 23, 1953 he would marry his dear wife and friend Rosie Bella. They began their lives together on the Heiduk homestead and would soon welcome their dear children David in1954, Debra in 1956, Sandra in 1961 and Robert in1974. In 1956 Ed began a successful career with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool where he would become an expert grain buyer. He developed a keen sense for crops and was one of few who could grade them by hand. Ed operated elevators and gained the friendships of many townsfolk in the farming communities of Brewer, Yarbo, Waldron, Roleau, Invermay, Stornoway, Langenberg, Lake Lenore, Southey and finally Yorkton, SK where he retired in 1988. Post-retirement Ed would continue working part-time for Crop Insurance and Yorkton Flying Services. Ed was a courteous and respectful gentleman and found happiness listening to and helping others. He loved music and learned to play many musical instruments by ear. He found great joy in singing, whether it was at home with the family, tenor in the church choir or four-part harmony in barbershop quartet. During quiet times, he enjoyed listening to his music collection. Ed had many hobbies and could often be found tending to the garden with Rosie, travelling to visit with family and friends, fishing, woodworking or flying model airplanes. Ed was a devout Christian and was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church. He lived a life of goodness and peace and joy dedicating much love to Church council, hospital visitations and choir. Ed is survived by his wife Rose; son David (Sylvia) Heiduk, daughter Debra (William) Becker, son Robert (Sheri) Heiduk; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; his brother Arthur Heiduk and sister Shirley Goebel (nee Heiduk). He was predeceased by his parents, brother Alfred and daughter Sandra Arthurs (nee Heiduk). Funeral Services will be officiated by Pastor Darren Dressler and held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY, Crowfoot Chapel, (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. with the Graveside Service to follow at Yorkton Memorial Gardens at a later date. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of the donor's choice. In living memory of Edward Heiduk, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100.
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