February 6, 1940 – February 12, 2020
Looking back over the 80 years of my uncle’s life – it can only be summed up as an incredible journey.
Born February 6, 1940 in Gorlsdorf, Germany, Ole was born while the continent was at war. His earliest years were without the comforts most of our children now take for granted. His family was forced to flee their home, as the war front descended upon his village. With little personal belongings but for what they were able to carry, starvation was a constant threat. Yet, against incredible odds, the family pulled together and persevered.
His mother Minna Struck and his father Arthur Struck instilled strong family values which Ole maintained throughout his entire life. As a young adult, Ole, completed his journeyman as an electrician while still in Germany.
In 1963, Ole immigrated to Swift Current, Saskatchewan to reunite with his parents and siblings, Horst and Heinz. While in Swift Current, Ole met Carol Sauder, his life partner and in 1968 they were married. Ole and Carol cherished 51 years of marriage and their love continued to flourish over time.
After four years of working on the prairies, the couple were enticed to the “Island” by Ole’s brother, Heinz. Here, Ole worked as a Sears salesperson and in a lumber mill before being hired on as a building inspector at the Regional District. This position allowed him to utilize his knowledge and building experience as well as giving him the ideal environment in which to share his humour and pleasant attitude.
The following years were filled with travel, entertaining, adventure and a never ending enthusiasm for life. His wit and humour allowed him to make friends easily, which he kept throughout his life. His hard work ethic and family values brought him respect from co-workers and family members. Ole was always quick to offer great advice or a helping hand. He always had a smile and encouraging words for everyone who knew him.
Ole passed away in the family home, in the company of his loving wife. He will be sadly missed by his wife, Carol, his brother, Horst, sister-in-law Orlene/Archie and brother-in-law Glen/Lynn. From all his nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends in Canada and throughout the world … Ole, you made our lives better and showed us how life should be lived. We are all better for having you in our lives.
Honouring Ole’s wishes, there will be no formal service. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice in Ole’s memory.
I, myself, will raise a glass and toast to you Ole, for you helped me be a better person and have inspired me to live life to its fullest, as you have lived yours. You will be missed by many as you were loved by all who knew you.
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