Erwin Repp passed away on March 26, 2012 at the Stettler Health Care Centre. He was born on May 14, 1922 at Gross Nossin, Germany and moved to Canada in 1924, he has lived in the Stettler area all his life.
Predeceased by his father Walter and his mother Luisa and his sister Hilda Holst. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years Rosemarie; his son Doug (Bev) Repp of Calgary; daughter Debbie Novak of Red Deer; grandchildren: Tara (Rayall) Bebee of Thorsby, Warren (Vicki) Repp of Stettler and Tannis (Scott) Assmus of Calmar; five great grandchildren; sister Dora Sharpe of Stettler; brother in law John Wittwer of Stettler; sisters in law Marguerite Baugh of Stettler, Hattie Meyers of Calgary and Linda Therou of Seattle, WA; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Erwin farmed for most of his life in the Pilot Knob district until his retirement in 1992 when they moved into the town of Stettler. However, Erwin was probably better known for his musical talent. You could hear him playing at country dances, festivals, at the Old Time Country Music Jamboree that he put on for 20 years with sold out crowds and for the last twelve years playing once a month at the senior’s lodges in Stettler. Erwin’s love of music touched many people and in turn made many new friendships. He will be sadly missed by all that he has known.
Funeral services were held at the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home on Friday, March 30, 2012 with Rev. Mervyn Penfound officiating. Doug Repp and Debbie Novak gave the eulogy, John Wittwer presented the tribute and Lorea McAllister spoke for the musical family that Erwin has played with over the past years. Long time friend Randy Jones played several tunes on the violin and selected Erwin’s favorite piece “Ashokan Farewell.” Garth Brooks “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and Visions’ “God On The Mountain” were also played. Processional and recessional music was recorded selections by Erwin with the Twilight Echoes. Interment took place at Lake View Cemetery, Stettler, Alberta with Pallbearers being Elmer Forsberg, Bob Duchscher, Vern Dempsey, Ken Sharpe, Gordon Sharpe and Alan Sharpe; Honorary Pallbearers were all of his many friends and all those he “Fiddled” around with. Friends and family gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of fellowship and luncheon. Memorial donations may be made to Alberta Cancer Foundation or to a charity of your own choice. Condolences may be sent to the family and viewed at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com