Gerald Alfred Habing, beloved husband of Ruby Habing, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2019 in Minnedosa, Manitoba at the age of 79 years.
Chy was born in Winnipeg on December 22, 1939 to Gerald and Maude (Fisher) Habing. His early years were spent on a farm in the Hazelridge District. In 1952 his parents purchased farmland near Kelwood where Chy learned the values of a loving family, hard work and farm life.
Chy married Ruby Thompson in 1964 and together they ran a cow/calf operation east of Kelwood. While on the farm Chy and Ruby were blessed with the arrival of two daughters and a son. Chy was a loving proud father.
In 1978 Chy and Ruby chose to leave the farm so Chy could pursue a career with Manitoba Pool Elevators - a career he excelled in and truly loved. This work took him and his family from Kelwood to Homewood, Minnedosa, Waskada and Brandon where he ended his career at Justice.
Throughout his adult life Chy was involved in many community activities from baseball and hockey to Agricultural Society and any project that would benefit the local community. He was an avid curler and quickly found a team to curl with wherever life took him. Chy retired from grain buying in 1999 but never stopped working in many farm related positions. His last years were spent working for Burgess Farms near Minnedosa. He loved preparing the soil then watching the crops grow and mature to harvest. He also loved the serene ever-changing vistas surrounding each field.
Chy and Ruby spent many happy years working, raising their children, camping, traveling, following sports, loving their grandchildren and spending winters in Texas where old and new friendships flourished.
Chy was predeceased by an infant son, Bradley, his parents, one brother, Bob, brothers-in-law, Jerry Krochak and Keith Robertson, sisters-in-law, Margaret Thompson and Olive Zegil. He will be lovingly remembered by wife, Ruby, daughter Barb (Gerald) Hildebrand, Taren and Eric, daughter Gaylene (Dan) Johnson, Paxton (Colin) Heskin, Brock, Troy, son Marlon (Becky) Habing, Chad, J.C, Dalton, Lane. His sisters Betty (Jerry) Malko, Sharon Krochak, brothers, Ken (Moyra) and Deryl (Bev), sisters-in-law Faye Habing (Fleming), Esther Robertson, Wilma (Nelson) Shewfelt and numerous nieces and nephews.
After a long battle Chy succumbed to cancer on August 25, 2019. His ashes were interred in Cadurcis Cemetery followed by a "Celebration of Life" in Minnedosa on August 31st.
Chy lived a full productive life and made many friends wherever he went.
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