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Kihn, Alfred – July 18, 1926 – Dec. 8, 2016

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Kihn, Alfred – July 18, 1926 – Dec. 8, 2016

Loving husband to wife Ida (nee Freier) and father to six children: Helga (Dan), Linda (Terry), David, Mark, Timothy (Tammy), and Ronald. Alfred also was grandfather to 12 grandchildren (one deceased) and he was great grandfather to seven.

Alfred was born in the family farmhouse in the Friedensfeld District to Emil and Anna (Zelmer) Kihn. He was one of 11 children (seven boys, four girls) born to German immigrants who had arrived a decade earlier. Alfred is survived by one brother: Walter, Emerson, Man., and three sisters: Pauline Marshall (Ernie), Binscarth, Man.; Caroline Freier (Alvin), Binscarth; and Rosina —-Volkenant (David), Tolstoi, Man. Alfred was pre-deceased by his parents, and brothers Martin, Joseph, Leopold, Theofield, Eduard, and a sister, Helena.

After grade school in Friedensfeld, Alfred worked on the family farm. In his late teens, he headed to NW Ontario’s forests to labour in bush camps, cutting and hauling logs for the lumber and pulp and paper industries.

While in working in Dryden, Ont., Alfred met Ida at Our Saviour Lutheran Church. They married on April 22, 1955 and began a family in Dryden. Alfred ran his trucking business hauling pulpwood for Dryden Paper. Six children and 12 years later, they moved to a Basswood, Man., mixed farm.

In 1978, they moved to Creston, B.C., where Alfred again got involved in the lumber industry. In 1989, Alfred and Ida retired to Didsbury.

Alfred was always active in his Lutheran Church, whether as board trustee, as elder or usher, or in his later years, as the most dedicated snow-blower and lawn-mower operator in Didsbury.

In Dryden he taught Sunday School and helped with church properties. When the church underwent renovations in the late 1950s, Alfred dug the new basement with his track loader.

His talents were hands-on skill and determination, whether to fix a bulldozer in the harsh Ontario northwoods at -30C or great instinct to seek out the best blueberry patch. His “can do” attitude served him and others well.

As a child, Alfred experienced the Great Depression. Those desperate years shaped his character: nothing wasted, save for tomorrow, and work hard without hesitation. His favourite saying was “Work is its own reward.”

Alfred’s last two years were lived out at the Bethany Care Centre where he struggled with dementia. After several falls, and with the resulting pain, our good Lord called him home.

His funeral was held December 13, 2016 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, with Pastor Darren Dressler presiding. Alfred was buried in the Didsbury Cemetery.

Memorial gifts (tax receiptable) may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Box 487, Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0.

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