Ernest (Ernie) Schellenberg
January 24, 1946 – April 28, 2019
Loving Husband and Father
Born to Jacob and Elizabeth (Kroeker) Schellenberg, Ernie was the youngest of 12 children. Because their mother died shortly after their birth, he and his twin sister, Erna were cared for by their aunt, Helen Krause for their first 2 ½ years. Returning home as a toddler to Watrous, Saskatchewan, Ernie was raised on the family farm along with his brothers John, Henry, Abe and Arnold and his sisters Katie, Louise, Anne, Frieda, Cornelia (Niela) and his twin Erna. Their brother Peter died in infancy.
As a young man Ernie moved to Kelowna, B.C. where he completed his training and received his certification as a Journeyman Electrician. He was employed for the last 20 years by CSA as an inspector. Over the course of his life Ernie also lived in Calgary, Saskatoon and Brooks where he met and married his cherished wife of 34 years Pamela.
Ernie had an amazing sense of humour and a wonderful laugh that brightened the day of everyone around him. He also has a talent for carpentry and in his middle years built a beautiful weekend cabin at Buck Lake, Alberta. When it was finished Ernie asked Pam if she liked it enough to live in it with him. She said she did and they soon made it their permanent home. When not off visiting family in such faraway places as Norway and Argentina, Ernie and Pam very much enjoyed their Buck Lake home and community. He always had a project in progress and especially enjoyed wood working, gardening and making wine.
Ernie is survived by his loving wife Pam, his children Mark Schellenberg, Karen Schellenberg, and Brandi (Harold) Doeving, his brothers Abe, Arnold (Gwen) Schellenberg, his sisters Katie Wiebe, Frieda (Delbert) Erb and Anne Schellenberg. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son Kent, brothers Peter, John and Henry and his sisters Louise, Niela and his twin Erna with whom he shared a close and special relationship.
Ernie was a great friend to many and had many good friends who went to great lengths to help him and Pam through the final months of his illness. We are grateful to them and the community of Buck Lake for their many kindnesses.
In honour of his request no formal services will be held.