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102 2nd Avenue East
Box 507
Watrous, SK S0K 4T0
Phone: (306) 946-3334
Fax: (306) 946-3436
Lyle Shantz

Lyle Shantz

Monday, July 19th, 1920 - Tuesday, October 13th, 2020
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July 19, 1920 – October 13, 2020
Lyle Shantz, aged 100 years, of Watrous, SK passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at the Watrous Hospital.
Lyle was born on the family farm near Guernsey, SK. to his parents Addison and Priscilla Shantz. It was there on land homesteaded by his father and uncle that he, along with his brothers Stanley and Arnold developed his love for the land and farming. It was where his work ethic was formed and the importance of church and community involvement developed. Lyle attended Mohawk school for his early schooling and finished with grade 12 at Rosthern Junior College. He married Jean Hawes in 1948. They started their own farm yard where they raised their four children, Janet, Donald, Sandra and Lucille.
Lyle was actively involved with his local church, Sharon Mennonite, until its closing in 1999, and then Philadelphia Mennonite became their home church. Some of Lyle’s community involvements were serving as councilor and then reeve for Usborne Municipality. He was a founding member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. He served on the Watershed board as well as Manitou Lodge board. Lyle was actively involved in 4-H, where achievement days were often hosted on the family farm.
Over his lifetime of farming Dad saw many changes. He started out as a young man working on the family farm. He and his brother Arnold (Unc) started a farming partnership that lasted for many years, and as time went on they were joined by their sons, Don and Ross. Following the death of Ross in 2014, Don, Pat and Ross’s wife Betty, along with the next generation continued the family farm. Dad enjoyed watching the cycle of sowing, growing and harvest, and had many memories to share of his early years of farming.
Dad enjoyed road trips, whether it was south to Arizona, to the mountains or visits to the family and friends. One significant trip was to Africa with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in 1979. In the last few years the trips were to the farm to check on the crops and visit the great grandkids.
Dad and Mom moved to Watrous in 1981 where many new friendships were formed through activities including golf, curling and coffee row. Those friendships were greatly valued.
Lyle was predeceased by his wife, Jean in 2012 and grandson, Trevor Shantz in 1991. He will be greatly missed by his family, his children, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. Janet (John) Rempel of Elm Creek, MB, their children: Tanis (Travis) Malkoske, Carla (Derek) Bond, and daughter Kiera, Denise (Jessi) Lund. Don (Pat) Shantz of Manitou Beach, SK, their children: Theresa (Michael) Ardell, their children Carson, Jordan, Glenda (Keith) Siemens, their children Luke, Joshua, Sarah, Abigail, Elizabeth, Dian (Shawn) Boisvert, their children Hailey, Kole, Spencer. Sandy Shantz of Saskatoon, SK. Lucille (Howard) Toews of Watrous, SK, their children: Warren (Cyndy) Toews their children Finnley, Jett, Brad (Angel) Toews, their children Bronc, Sunshine, Honey, Spur, Devin (Laura) Toews, their children Wyatt, Wren.
Dad has left a rich legacy to his family, demonstrating what it means to live a life of faith and humility with a servant heart. Dad loved us unconditionally, and our family has been greatly blessed.
Due to COVID-19 Restrictions – A Private Family Celebration of Life Service will be held at Philadelphia Brethren Church, near Watrous, SK on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Private Family Interment at Sharon Mennonite Cemetery near Guernsey, SK. A Visitation for Friends and Family will be held at Fotheringham’s Funeral Chapel, Watrous, SK on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. For online condolences, tributes or to make a memorial donation to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Box 767 Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 2L4 please visit:
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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 16th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Friday, October 16th, 2020 7:00pm
    Fotheringham's Funeral Chapel
    102 2nd Ave. East
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  • Private Family Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 |
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020
    Philadelphia Mennonite Brethren Church
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    Pastor Darren Holland
  • Interment

    Saturday, October 17th, 2020 |
    Saturday, October 17th, 2020
    Sharon Mennonite Cemetery
    Private Family Interment
    Guernsey, Saskatchewan
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LouAnn Wiens

Posted at 06:39pm
We're sorry to hear about Lyle's passing and send our condolences to every member of his family. He was definitely a pillar of the Guernsey community for many years. I remember well the church picnics on the Shantz yard and the ball games that always wrapped up the day. I have fond memories of Friday nights spent playing cards and eating popcorn in Lyle and Jean's basement as part of the Sharon Mennonite youth group. We so appreciated having a place to hang out!


Wayne & Deanna Lewis

Posted at 11:52pm
Our sincere condolences to the family. Our hearts are saddened to learn of Lyle's passing. We will always treasure fond memories of Lyle and Jean as neighbors and special friends.

Stew Gingrich

Posted at 09:10pm
Our condolences to the family. Your father is a man I have always remembered for being a very kind, compassionate and caring man. When I was 14 and my father had passed away, your father went out of his way many times to see that I would get to Drake to play hockey. While I wasn’t as good a player as Don, he made me feel important by getting me to hockey games. I will always be grateful for his kindness.
Please accept our Condolences from Karen and myself and the Addison Gingrich family.
Stew Gingrich

Vi Rupp Posted at 10:24pm

I also want to send our condolences to the family. We have fond memories of spending time with your Dad and Mom when we stayed at their house on our visits with my Mom. They were so hospitable and warmly welcomed us into their home. They treated us like family. Ortwin enjoyed a few rounds of golf with your Dad. Your parents quietly lived their faith and their lives made a positive impact on us. Sending our love and prayers to each of you. Vi & Ortwin Rupp

Terry Hein

Posted at 02:07pm
My condolences to the family.
Uncle Lyle lived a life we should all stive to achieve. His faith and character served him well. My Dad always enjoyed his visits, especially when he was no longer able to go out. He will be truly missed.

Valerie Aubichon

Posted at 01:29am
Condolences from the remaining Ward Biehn Family. Valerie, Cheryl , Daryl and Liz.
Another of our farm neighbors gone to his well deserved rest.

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