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Thomas BauereissDecember 23, 2017
Bauereiss, Thomas Ralph, March 3, 1945 – December 23, 2017 passed away suddenly at the age of 72, on his farm doing what he loved.
Tom was born in Russell, Manitoba to John and Bertha Bauereiss. He grew up in the Freefield District attending school in Freefield and later in Inglis. Tom completed his grade 9 then stayed home to help on the family farm as well as worked for local farmers. During his school years and later, Tom spent much of his free time playing ball with his friends. On October 12th, 1964 Tom married Betty Halwas in Inglis then moved to Winnipeg where he worked as a carpenter’s helper. This is where Darlene was born and their family was started. After a few years in the city, Tom and Betty moved their family back to the Freefield District to farm with his brothers Werner and Ernie. In the winter of 1968 Brett was born and they moved to the Dropmore District later that spring. In the spring of 1970, Tom and Betty bought their home farm and in 1972 their family was completed with the arrival of Carman.
Tom and Betty farmed full-time until moving to the suburbs of Dropmore in 2000. Even after he moved to “town” Tom always had a team of horses, fed cattle, and made wood. Although he was considered semi-retired you could often find him at one of his children’s yards helping with the work of the day. It didn’t matter if it was seeding, harvest, or just a fixing project, Tom was there with his wisdom and knowledge. On a cool day there would be coffee breaks in the house and on a hot day it would be beer breaks under a shade tree.
From a very young age, Tom developed a love for his horses. He spent his life breaking them, training them, working with them, and playing with them. His horses were used to haul wood, to do chores, to clean barn, to give sleigh/wagon rides, and to haul crews into the park for camping trips. There likely isn’t a person in the district who hasn’t been on a trail ride with Tom!
Community and public service was always very important to Tom. He sat on the board or was directly involved in the Dropmore Community Club, the Bethany Church, Saskatchewan Pool Board in MacNutt, the Lake of the Prairies Conservation District and served 14 years as a Councillor for the RM of Shellmouth.
Tom’s family was his pride and joy. His wife, his children, his grandchildren, and his great grandchild were his world. They have all spent time together working, camping, curling, riding, fixing, building, ballplaying, fishing, laughing, and loving. There were also many special gatherings where Tom taught the family the importance of prayer. It could be as simple as Grandpa Tom getting the grandchildren started with grace at a family meal or at those special occasions like a wedding, baptism, first communion, or confirmation. Tom’s faith was an important part of his life.
Left to mourn are Tom’s wife, Betty; his children Darlene Jackson(Garth), Brett (Jennifer), Carman (Kerri) Bauereiss; his grandchildren Justin Jackson, Seth (Kathryn), Wyatt, Cali Bauereiss, Gabrielle, Bohdy, Brock, Tess Bauereiss; great-grandchild Kash Bauereiss; brothers Werner (Sharon) and Rolly Bauereiss; mother-in-law Alvina Halwas; In-laws Dennis Benson (Laura), Judy Bauereiss, Iris Bezo (Derek), Richard Halwas (Florence), Gerald Halwas(Sonja), Linda Jendrasheske(Gerald), Debbie Dunn (Fred); God children Ann Melnichuk and Mark Bauereiss and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John (1982) and Bertha (1997), sister Trudy Benson (2007), brother Ernie Bauereiss (2015), son-in-law Grant Andrews (1984), and God daughter Cassandra Koss (1989).
Visitation was held Friday, December 29, 2017 from the Chapel of NairnChyz-Wolkowski Funeral Home. A Graveside Service officiated by Judy Bauereiss, was held at the Dropmore Cemetery on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Those who so desire may make memorial donations to the Dropmore Cemetery or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as tokens of remembrance. To leave a note of condolence for the family, please visit Nairn-chyzfuneralhome.com