Obituary of Victor David Wiens
Victor David Wiens
Victor David Wiens passed away at home on May 2, 2021 at the age of 71.
Vic was born March 3, 1950 in Saskatoon, Sask the tenth child to Cornie and Helen Wiens, he was raised on their farm. He married Dona Peters in 1971. They raised their two children in Wasa, B.C., and then on a farm together near Langham, SK. Vic lived in Skookumchuck after the divorce. British Columbia and the mountains were his dream.
Several times and places in his life Dad worked with asphalt. He ran the crusher with BA BlackTop for years. While on the farm, Dad worked at ASL paving. He also had his own bale-hauling business because the price for pork kept dropping. He would remark throughout his life that his timing and luck were consistently bad.
Dad was a jack-of-all trades. He installed the plumbing on the farm, made his own skidoo trailer, woodstove, and meat saw. Dad hunted, butchered, and made sausage. There was always laughter when Dad was around. He knew thousands of jokes and had a joke ready on every occasion, even a few clean ones. Dad loved a practical joke. One time he went under the hood of a co-worker’s vehicle and wired the horn to the signal light. Dad got great amusement imagining that first quiet left hand turn out of the plant area, and the next two noisy rights onto the main drag.
Dad sang and played guitar for audiences of family and friends. He co-wrote songs by changing the lyrics, saying that he and Merle Haggard “worked well together” on his version of “Farmer’s Daughter.” His most requested songs were “Let’s Burn Down That Sign There” and “Wally’s Farm.”
Dad liked to fish and icefish. A large part of the fun of his yearly hunting trips with his brothers, was all the anticipation and planning beforehand. The rest of the fun was reliving all the new stories made over a week together in a camper.
Dad reacquired his motorcycle licence in his 50s and bought himself a Harley. In his 60s Dad got his Class 1A and drove for Glen Transport. Later he ran a bulldozer for HJR Asphalt. He took pride in the level and pitch, turning rough ground as smooth as a dance floor.
Dad was rye and coke, sunflower seeds and scotch mints, coffee with cream, dark meat drumsticks, pork hocks, country music and Chev (“cause everything else rode like an old meat wagon!”) Dad enjoyed the times hosting the annual Wiens Family Camping Weekend. It was his good fortune that his house was equally far from all family members. He also enjoyed going to gather with his family at their homes. When it was time to pack up though, he wouldn’t take the time for goodbyes, rather, we would be left asking, “Did Uncle Vic leave?”
Dad’s joyous heavenly reunion includes his sister, brothers, brother-in-laws and parents, and there would be much laughter and peace, taking deep, easy breaths and steps without pain. Over the years Dad has had many beloved dogs, most of them border collies. Penny was his faithful and defensive companion to the end. All dogs go to heaven and he would have been greeted at those pearly gates with great happiness by Oprah, Missy, Slinky, Spike, Curly and Rusty.
Left behind to cherish his memory, Vic leaves his children; Michelle Wiens, Sheldon (Margo) Wiens, grandchildren
Harlan and Ledeen Bechtel, Ireland, and Scarlett Wiens, siblings Evangeline (Gerald) Lundgren, Serena Dyck, Liz Waldner, Kathy (Mike) Hrischuk, Hella (James) MacDonald, Sella Balzer.
He was predeceased by his parents Cornelius and Helen Wiens, sister, Irene Ross, brothers, Wally Wiens and Ernie Wiens a brother in infancy, Wesley John, brothers-in-law Leonard Waldner, Martin Dyck, Gerald Mierau and Allan Balzer.
A service will be held in Saskatchewan at a later date, when Covid restrictions allow.