Born In: Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada
Born: June 19th, 1938
Passed in: Saskatchewan, Canada
Passed on: March 15th, 2011
Ian Kenneth Forsyth was born on June 19, 1938 at Maple Creek, Sask. to Ken and Gladys Forsyth of the Kieville district north of Piapot. Ian had two older sisters, Robina and Edith, and two younger brothers, Keith and Jack. His eldest sister Robina died of Infantile Paralysis at three years of age. Ian went to the Kieville School until 1946, when the school closed. His family then bought a house in Tompkins so the children could continue their education. Ian left school at 15 years of age to help his father who was temporarily injured in a ranch accident. Ian’s mother stayed in town while Ian and his father worked on the ranch. Father and son batched together until 1958, when Ian took over the delivery drey in Tompkins and looked after Jack, who was still in school. Ian met and married Irene Reinhart in 1960. Ian worked at Roy Wolfater’s for a time and then moved back to the ranch. Ian and Irene lived in a trailer in the summer and with his parents in the winter. They bonded like the Waltons. In 1963, Ian’s parents retired to Tompkins and Ian took over the ranch. Ian and Irene had four children: Karen was born in 1961; Bradley in 1962; Morley in 1964; and Rodney in 1965. We all enjoyed a wonderful great life together working side by side fencing, fixing water supplies, calving out cows, feeding cattle, using horses for all the workings of the cattle and helping neighbours brand and wean, as they helped us. The Freddie Epp family from Alabama, USA came to our door in 1970 and used our winter camp for their dog training business during the summer. They became precious and close as family. They continue to come every summer to this day. Ian and Irene ventured into country farm vacation in 1984. People from all over the world visited our ranch for a few days to a few weeks. One family, Ruth and Nels Wallin from New Jersey, became close friends and came every year for one to two weeks each time. Many hunters came in groups, returning year after year. People became life-long friends, sharing Christmas cards and letters. Farm vacation ended in 1998. Three people from a hunting party visited our house in Tompkins in 2005 with a lot of reminiscing and catching up. Doug Surges, a fireman from Saskatoon, built a cabin in the same plan as our ranch house because he felt such peace and joy in our kitchen. Ian also organic farmed, wanting healthy cattle as well as good food. He was one of the first people in Canada to grow Kamut, ancient gluten-free wheat recovered from Egyptian tombs. In Ian’s own words, he had a wonderful life doing what he loved–ranching. He had a good wife and wonderful children in whom he was very proud, very special, precious grandchildren and even two great granddaughters. Ian enjoyed cards, dancing and curling. He loved people, everywhere, anytime, to have a visit even with strangers who often became quick friends. Due to another stroke in March 2010, he was forced to go to a care home in Gull Lake, with only a few short visits home. He quickly made fast friends with each nurse and all staff and other residents. He had another severe stroke on March 9 and clung to life for six days before going to the house Jesus prepared for him. It was ready. We have aching hearts but joyful spirits as we part with our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Ian leaves to mourn: his wife of 50 plus years, Irene; his daughter Karen with husband Ron Weinbender; son Bradley with wife Pamela and their children Rachelle and fiance Jeff Bruton, Sean and Brittany; son Morley with wife Melody and their children Mark and wife Claire (with great granddaughters Layla and Addyson), Michael and wife Erin, and Mason and fiance Erin Klassen; son Rodney with wife Heather and their children Jessica, Amanda and Carter. Ian also leaves brother Jack and his wife Judy Forsyth, brother-in-law Elmer and his wife Barbie Flaig, sister-in-law Sherrill Forsyth and Irene’s family: Fred Reinhart, Judy Forsyth, Ron and wife Terry Reinhart, Roy and wife JoAnn Reinhart, Ken and wife Beverly Reinhart and many nieces and nephews and their children. Ian was predeceased by his parents Ken and Gladys Forsyth, sister Robina (in infancy), sister Edith Flaig (2009), and brother Keith (2003). Funeral Service was held at Tompkins Community Hall on March 21, 2011 at 2p.m. with Pastor Gord Willison of the Gull Lake Alliance Church officiating. Interment took place in the Tompkins Cemetery. Ushers were Mike Wells and Kevin Forsyth. Active pallbearers were Fred Reinhart, Dale Dimmock, Ray Peterson, Kevin Willows, Stan Willows, Gord Cameron. Honorary pallbearers were all those who shared in Ian’s life. Friends who wish to, may remember Ian with a gift to the Tompkins Community Hall fund. To email an expression of sympathy you may visit www.gonebutnotforgotten.ca. Binkley’s Funeral Service, Maple Creek and Leader, in charge of arrangements.