Alfred James Lepp
July 17, 1935 – December 6, 2018
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Today we celebrate Alfred, a man who loved life, adventure and challenges.
Alfred dearly loved his family whom he protected and provided for. He leaves behind
Martha (his wife of 58 years), his daughters, Karen married to Doug Wille, Brenda
married to Don Mabbott, Laurel and Myra, 11 grandchildren and 4 great
Alfred was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on July 17, 1935 to Jake and
Clara Lepp. He was the oldest child, followed by siblings Vic (Loretta) Lepp, Carol
(Don) Henry and Janet (Dave) Ratzlaff. Alfred grew up on a farm in Dalmeny,
Saskatchewan where he attended elementary school at Mountain Lake (where there
was neither a mountain nor lake), then high school in Dalmeny. Alfred would have
loved to attend university, but money was scarce so he attended Bethany Bible
School in Hepburn instead and spent his summers working in Saskatoon. After Bible
School, Alfred attended Saskatoon Teacher’s College. He taught in North Battleford
for a year before attending the University of Saskatchewan.
During his years at Bethany and the Teacher’s College, Alfred met Martha
Willms. Their life together began when they were married on August 18th, 1960.
Since Martha had a teaching position in Northern Saskatchewan, Alfred joined her
and taught in Pemmican Portage, near Cumberland House. The following year,
Alfred returned to U of S to get his Bachelor of Science degree. The next few years
were spent teaching in Edmonton and Donalda, Alberta. Karen, Brenda and Laurel
were all born during those years.
In 1965, Alfred took his young family on an adventurous trip to Miri, Sarawak,
Malaysia where he spent 3 years teaching high school. When they returned to
Canada, he taught high school in Drayton Valley, Alberta, where their youngest
daughter Myra was born. In 1973, Alfred accepted a teaching position at Northern
Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton where he remained until his retirement
His passion for adventure included building and flying his own airplane,
long-distance cycling, waterskiing, sailing, golfing and enjoying the cottage at Pigeon
Lake. Many wonderful memories were made visiting his children and grandchildren,
including extensive trips to Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia. Additionally, four
trips were made to Lithuania where Alfred volunteered his services teaching math
and computer skills at Lithuania Christian College.
Several years ago, Alfred’s mobility, balance and speech began to decline and
in the Spring of 2016, he was diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy. To be
near family and better weather, Alfred and Martha decided to move to Abbotsford.
Martha looked after Alfred at their home in Garden Park Tower until November
2017, when Alfred moved into Maplewood House where he was well cared for until
his death on December 6. Alfred had a steadfast and sustained faith in God
throughout his life and now his legacy lives on in the next generation.
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Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Alfred James Lepp 2018..