Reflecting on a life well lived we announce the passing of our deeply loved father, grandfather, and great grandfather Bill Muth. Bill peacefully passed into the presence of Jesus with family at his side on his 93rd birthday, Sunday, December 20, 2020.
Bill was born in Leduc, Alberta to Edward and Nathalie Muth. He was the second born of 5 children and was predeceased by an infant brother and his parents. In 2016 Bill was predeceased by his wife Edith, the love of his life for 65 years.
Bill will be forever loved and missed by his 4 children, Carrie (Gary) Taitinger, Sharon (Barry) Sommers, Edward Muth, and Beverly (Marcus) Wein; 10 grandchildren and their spouses; and 23 great grandchildren. Also mourning his loss are sisters Edna Roth, Ruth (Alex) Hohenstein; brother Gordon (Lydia) Muth; extended family; and special friends.
A family memorial will be held on Tuesday, December 29, 2020. Family and friends who wish to join by virtual attendance may do so by viewing the livestream at 11:00 am at https://distantlink.com/SerenityES.html.
Bill’s family will always be grateful for the loving care he received at Shepherd’s Care Vanguard. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to Shepherds Care Foundation, 6620-28 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6K 2R1.
A tribute to my dad, Bill Muth, written with deep love and admiration. Sharon Sommers (daughter)
The life of Bill Muth was characterized in his love and commitment to his God, his family, and others.
William, (Bill) was the second child born to Edward and Nathalie Muth. He was born on December 20, 1927 during a very cold Alberta winter storm. Bill’s entrance to the world was marked with drama as his life was threatened through a 3 day significant struggle of his loving mothers very long and hard labor. Midwives summoned for the Dr. and the Dr. did not feel he would be able to save both the mother and the child, but by a miracle of God’s loving hand, both mother and child lived, and so began the very significant life of William Edward Muth.
When Bill was four his parents Edward and Nathalie, together with his older sister Edna, moved to build a homestead in New Brook, Alberta. Bill recalled and told stories of the hard times his parents experienced, clearing a spot on the land for a farm yard and building a log home from the cleared trees. He often would tell stories to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, of those pioneer years and struggles, but in all of this, Bill would also speak of the commitment of his parents in planting and nurturing the start of a little church, which began in their home. So from the early years of his life, the importance of the message of Christ was taught to him, and after a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ in his early teens, Bill lived out the gospel message in and throughout his life.
In the fall of 1945 just before Bill’s eighteenth birthday, the family moved south east to the Camrose area; Dorenlee, Alberta. Dorenlee consisted of a country store surrounded by farm land. A new home and a large hip roof barn were built by Bill and his dad, and a mixed farm was established including; dairy, chickens, pigs and grain.
In 1950, through his grandfather who was a minister, Bill was introduced to Edith who lived north of Camrose, in New Sarepta. The first date with Edith was on April 29, 1950, where Bill took Edith to the Edmonton Airport. Following a year of pursuing a long distance dating relationship, they were married in June 1951. Bill and Edith homesteaded a farm taking an old school house and transforming it into a warm functioning home for them and eventually the four children born to them; Carrie – 1954, Sharon – 1955, Edward – 1961, and Beverly – 1965. Farming presented its challenges but with the persistence of hard committed work, they built up a large dairy and produced a lifestyle that provided the basic comforts.
“To make it rich”, was not the focus for Bill and Edith. They openly gave of the blessings they had received, by sharing their lives in tangible ways. As they sacrificially gave to others, they also saw the importance of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. They pioneered a little Sunday school in a nearby town, Bashaw. They picked up children both from the farming community and the town, sometimes making multiple trips in their little red station wagon. They drove these children to a tiny vacant, heritage church, and taught the simple gospel message to children of all ages. Eventually a church was established from the start of this ministry.
In 1978, after 27 years on the farm, they sold; and Bill and Edith moved to Calgary, where again they continued to share the importance of the eternal value of the gospel message. Bill worked for Calgary
Co-op in the hardware department for 13 years before retiring at the age of 63. They lived in Calgary 27 years, and in 2006 they moved to Edmonton, continuing to care for others throughout their retiring years.
Bill lived out the scripture of:
Deuteronomy 6: 5-7
You shall love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.
Even through the years of struggling with the progression of Alzheimer’s, Bill lived out his life sharing Christ. Because his love for Christ was very deeply rooted, he was able to continue to speak out of the abundance of his heart to share his faith to his children, his grandchildren, and his great grandchildren.
Bill suffered the extreme grief in the passing of his loving wife, Edith, in 2016. Even while sitting at her death bed, he gathered the great-grandchildren that were there, and told them of the importance of living a life fully committed to Christ. He emphasized the importance of never giving up no matter how hard life may become. He showed them by example that day, that in the middle of his heart breaking grief, he had the faith that Christ would carry him through.
The progression of his illness resulted in him moving into Shepherds Care Vanguard in 2018 where he remained till his passing on his 93rd birthday, December 20, 2020.
This illness crippled Bill’s mind but not the Spirit within him. He gradually would forget other details of his life but the one thing that remained intact right to the very end, was his faith which was held deep and secure. He could sing the full words to a gospel song, play his harmonica, hum a tune, and share the importance of the message of the gospel of Christ without missing a beat. You didn’t have to be talking to Bill long before his love of Christ was evident.
He was a gentle man, never seeking to be the centre of attention, and always aware of those who were in need of assistance, whether in a physical way, a tangible way or a spiritual way. To the staff that cared for him, he was a favorite. At times he struggled with the accurate details to tell a long forgotten joke, didn’t remember your name, but he continued to try to find the humor in any event to bring a smile to someone’s face. He was a perfect gentleman, tender and kind. He truly was a loving husband, a loving father, a loving grandfather, and a loving great grandfather. He leaves a hole in our family that no one will ever be able to fill, but he leaves us the legacy of the possibility of facing life’s hardest issues and still remaining in the spirit of love, considering others, and most importantly serving Christ.
He will be deeply missed but we celebrate with him upon his departure here, the glorious meeting of Jesus Christ, receiving the full healing of his mind and frail body, the reunion with his loving “Edith”, and the grand gathering of those who have gone on before. He leaves us singing one of his favorite songs:
“How beautiful heaven must be”.
Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101