Robert William, better known as Bob, Grandpa and old papa was born August 6, 1922 to Thomas and Caroline Govan, the oldest of a family of four. After a month-long hospitalization, Dad passed away on Wednesday, June 17, with family by his side. Bob was born on the family farm where Katelyn now lives. He took all of his schooling at Valley Plain country school. Dad talked about trapping gophers as a kid and selling the tails for 2 cents a piece. Some of the youngsters would pull off the tail in hopes they would grow back, and they could get another 2 cents! In his years after he was done school, Bob worked for farmers around the district. Dad joined the army in 1941, serving in Canada and overseas as an anti-aircraft gunner in England and as field artillery on the continent until returning to Canada. After Dad’s discharge in November 1945, dad did custom hauling and hauling of grain and livestock, then started farming in 1948. Bob met and married Ethel Berndt (nee Foster) who had a son Ronald from a previous marriage. To this union, four children were born, Greg, Brian, Kathy, and Cheryl. Dad was very active in different organizations including Valley Plain 4-H, Valley Plain wheat pool, Co-op president for 15 years, Valley Plain Community and Riding Clubs, Quill Lake Lions, Treasurer of the Quill Lake Legion and a member for many years. Bob was also very involved with looking after the campground. He loved visiting with the many people that passed through and made many friendships along the way. Dad and Mom enjoyed many trips together throughout the US, BC, Maritimes, United Kingdom, Europe and especially multiple trips to Holland and Belgium. Dad has spent many hours playing with grandkids and great grandkids. Grandpa never missed a grandchild’s hockey or ball game in Quill Lake. He also drove many miles to attend any activity they were involved in whether it was sports, dance, or school programs. Dad was a proud father and grandfather; he cherished his family. We are also very proud of the man he was and the values he instilled in us all. He will be sadly missed and forever remembered in the hearts of his family and friends. Bob will be lovingly remembered by his two children, nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren: Greg (Hilary) Govan of Quill Lake and family: Matthew (Amber) Govan and children Paige and Jordan of Englefeld, Mark Govan and children Tyson, Derek, Adam, and Brett of Lac Vert (Barbie), Ben (Nicolette) Govan and children Bri-Anna, Devon, and Jacob of Wadena, and Sarah Govan of Saskatoon; Kathy (Lorne) Pruden of Quill Lake and family: Brent Pruden and daughter Freya of Saskatoon, Mitchell (Bryn) Pruden and children Ella, Kenzie, Piper, and Brexx of Quill Lake, Katelyn Pruden and daughter Sawyer of Quill Lake, and Rylan Pruden (Sara) of Saskatoon; Ronald’s daughter Lorie Berndt of Saskatoon; sisters Margaret Rowe of Penticton, BC and Connie Wolovetz of Saskatoon; sisters-in-law Pat Finlayson of Quill Lake and Norma Foster of Saskatoon; brothers-in-law Bill Piett of Erikson, MB and Orton Anderson of Brandon, MB; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Caroline Govan; wife Ethel Govan; children Brian William and Cheryl Ethelwyn; grandson Brad Pruden; stepson Ronald Berndt; brother Cliff Govan; and members of the Foster family.
A Funeral Service for Bob was held on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Quill Lake Community Legion Hall, officiated by Rev. Al Hingley SVM. Interment followed in the Quill Lake Cemetery. Memorial Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Quill Lake Community Legion Hall Memorial Fund or the Quill Lake Cemetery Fund.
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