On March 24th, 2022, Raymond Lorne Epp of Edmonton passed away at age of 87. He leaves behind his loving wife Doriene, one son, Collin and a daughter, Sherry (Patrick), three sisters, Dolores, Edna (Abe), Sheila (Earl), and a brother, Stan (Pat). Many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents John and Nettie.
Ray was born and raised on a farm near Waldheim, Saskatchewan. He was the second eldest of five children to John and Nettie Epp. He greatly enjoyed learning, working with his hands, the great outdoors and was extremely sports minded and played organized hockey and softball through out his youth and after. He attended the Carmen country school before finishing high school in Waldheim graduating in 1953.
In the early years his mothers singing sparked and fueled a passion for music. The church choir provided an outlet for his music and singing which carried on for his entire life. (He hated Rap and Jazz)
He moved to Saskatoon to attend trade school and find work. At the boarding house where he was staying, he met the love of his life, Doriene Wilkes. They married in August of 1960 and together were blessed with a son Collin and a daughter Sherry.
Ray trained as a welder and became a welding instructor in Saskatchewan before relocating his family to Edmonton, Alberta in 1964. It was in Edmonton that they bought a home and he secured full time permanent employment as a welder and equipment repair specialist. He took on several jobs when he first arrived in Edmonton, with Arthur Voice and government of Alberta, before settling in at Action Machine for 10 plus years as a welder and shop foreman. Action Machine had to close its doors, but this opened new opportunities where Ray landed a position with Presson Manufacturing as a welder. He worked there from the early 1980s until his retirement, at age 65, in 2000.
Throughout the years of hard work and honest living Ray suffered many health obstacles. At an early age he was kicked in the stomach by a family horse on the farm causing a lengthy hospital stay. He suffered from intestinal issues later in life as a result. Triple heart bypass in the 1990s and nasty lower back aneurism involving once again life threating surgery in the 2010s. He suffered two heart attacks, several Hernias and general pain. All the time not using pain medications. (He could be grumpy at times but rightfully so).
In his retirement years, he spent more time with family and friends. He enjoyed sitting in his chair contemplating life, reading, and later listening to audio books or observing through the patio door all the wildlife on the creek and in his back yard, especially the birds. If not preoccupied with other home chores as well, he works on his computer (when he got his computer to work) in his office or headed to the basement to develop more wine in the laboratory. Ray loved to fix and repair anything he could get his hands on in his spare time. (A jack of all trades)
He loved fishing and camping, and this love of the great outdoors encouraged the purchase of a truck, boat, and travel trailer. This allowed the family to travel and camp at many of the lakes and rivers this part of the world offered. He spent many days relaxing at the lake, fishing, and puttering, just enjoying the outdoors.
Ray loved driving as he was able to relax and get away. This allowed for frequent visits to Saskatchewan to see family and friends. World Travel and cruising came along later in life, visiting Europe, the Caribbean, and several cruises to Alaska.
Ray was with us for more than 87 years, but of course his greatest accomplishment was with his wife, they shared nearly 62 years of their lives happily married.
The celebration of Ray’s life takes place Friday, April 8th, 2022, at 11am. Southminster-Steinhauser United Church 10740 – 19th Ave. NW Edmonton, Alberta.
You are warmly invited to gather immediately following the service for refreshments and conversation. You are then welcome to join the family for the interment at Rosehill Cemetery 1605 – 141 Street SW, Edmonton.
The family wish to express their sincere thanks for the love and support shown by all, during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be greatly appreciated.
The livestream of services for Raymond Epp begin on Friday, April 8th at 11 AM.
Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101