The death of Mr. Walter Koob, 92 years, of Humboldt occurred on Friday, December 18, 2020 at Humboldt District Hospital. Walter was born on August 23, 1928 on the family farm in the R.M. of Viscount to Rudolph and Clara (Louis) Koob. He grew up on the family farm in the Meacham district and went to Lucasville School. In the winters, Walter worked off the farm. He worked in Saskatoon at the Wheat Pool Flour Mill and as a strong young man, he often carried up to 200 lb. bags of flour on his shoulder (loading rail cars) for his entire shift. He also worked at Dash Brothers (a seed cleaning plant) in Kipling, Saskatchewan and several winters at the International Nickel Mines in Sudbury, Ontario. He really enjoyed working in the nickel mines, even though the work was dangerous and back-breaking. He used a pick and shovel to fill ore cars. The only safety gear at that time was wearing a helmet and inserting dynamite in the rock for blasting was done with bare hands. He said he'd have quite a headache (from the nitroglycerin in the dynamite) for a few days after preparing rock for a blast, but that was just part of the job. He always returned to the family farm in time for seeding.
Walter married Angeline, daughter of Bernard and Agatha (Grodowski) Hering on October 18th, 1955. They farmed in the Meacham/Bruno district and had two children, Lorne and Shirley. Walter, Angeline and Lorne farmed. Shirley moved to Saskatoon to work. When Lorne died in a tragic motor vehicle accident in 1988, Walter and Angeline had to rent out their farmland, but Walter was always very happy when a farmer would ask him to help work in the field. He always wanted to know how everyone's crops were and was still a farmer to the end.
Walter loved to drive and bought a new truck every two years for more than 50 years. For many years, he would order a new truck from the factory, then he and Angeline would take the train to Oshawa, Ontario. They would walk over to the GM Manufacturing Plant, pick up their new truck and drive back to Saskatchewan, visiting family and friends along the way. Walter and Angeline went on many bus trips throughout the States and Canada. One year they even flew to Hawaii.
Walter thoroughly enjoyed attending auction sales - farm auctions, horse auctions, antique auctions - he was there. On occasion, he even worked for Nelson's Auction Service - a dream job!
Walter and Angeline stayed living on their farm until 2000 when Angeline became ill. They then moved into Humboldt. After Angeline passed away in 2001, Walter enjoyed going to McDonald's and A & W for coffee row. Day bus trips to the casino were exciting for him. Walter lived on his own in his house until March of 2020 when he moved to Caleb Village in Humboldt.
Walter will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Shirley Koob of Saskatoon and his brother Henry (Dolores) Koob; sisters-in-law Armella Koob and Josephine Berscheid; his cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. He was predeceased by his wife Angeline (Hering) Koob; his son Lorne Koob; his parents Rudolph and Clara Koob; his parents-in-law Bernard and Agatha Hering; his siblings Arnold Koob, Alfred Koob and Lucille Johnson; his sisters-in-law Helen Koob, Rose Koob, Margaret Lopinski, Eileen Hering, and Evelyn Berscheid; his brothers-in-law Frank Duh, Clinton Johnson, Frank Paydli, Sylvester Lopinski, Herbert Hering and Sylvester Berscheid; and his niece Brenda (Koob) Schulte.
Due to COVID-19, Walter's family will have a private service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial donations in his memory to the Humboldt District Hospital Foundation.
Humboldt District Hospital Foundation
Box 1740, Humboldt SK S0K 2A0