Joe Leuschen passed away peacefully as a result of brain cancer at Agape Hospice, Calgary AB at the age of 55 years. Joe grew up near Bruno, SK, 7th child of Martin and Loretta (Knoke) Leuschen. He loved to learn new things, dream big, and enjoy a good joke. Joe married the love of his life, Julie Zimmer of Lanigan SK, on April 8, 1978 and they were blessed with four children: Crystal, Denise, Erica and Ryan. They farmed near Bruno before moving to Viscount then to Alberta in 2000, living in Strathmore, Coalhurst, and now near Coaldale where they built their dream house in 2008. Joe enjoyed jamming and singing, hunting, and telling stories. He was active in his community, participating in Knights of Columbus, Toastmasters, community theatre, and as a First Responder and Firefighter. Joe's greatest accomplishment was being a loving father, husband, brother, and lifelong friend.
Joe will be sadly missed and remember by his wife of 33 years, Julie, children: Crystal and Steve Boone and their sons Jack and Nolan of Calgary, AB, Denise and fiance Amos Wiggins of Banff, AB, Erica of Calgary, AB, Ryan and fiance Kim Sinclair of Calgary AB, siblings: JoAnn (Frank) Roettger of Humboldt, SK, Dave Leuschen (Elaine Palchinski) of Bruno, SK, Ruth White of Saskatoon, SK, Les (Cheryl Bird) of Saskatoon, SK, Perry (Janine Vogelsang) of Chestermere, AB, Anita (Richard) Renneberg of Humboldt, SK, Norma (Frazer) Edmunds of Dundurn, SK, Jeff (Laurel Jungwirth) of Saskatoon, SK, and Gord (Anita Pomedli) of Bruno, SK and sister-in-law Donna (Kalbfleisch) Leuschen of Regina, SK, 22 nieces and nephews and their 9 children. Joe was predeceased by his father Martin in 1991, mother Loretta in 2003, brother Adrian in 2003, sister-in-law Liz in 2005, and sister Linda in 2007.
May God keep him always in his loving arms while we keep him always in our hearts.
A funeral was held in Bruno on August 24. The family would like to sincerely thank those who came out to celebrate Joe's life, provide support, and share memories. Thank you also to Father Joe, mass servers, Lorraine Hoffman and the Bruno choir, Denize Krentz, organist, and the Bruno CWL for catering the lunch afterward.