Mr. William (Bill) Anton Welter 90 years of Saskatoon, formerly of Humboldt and Viscount passed away peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2020 at RUH Saskatoon.
Bill was born on December 26, 1929 to Anton and Mary (nee Assinger) Welter in the Bruno District. He obtained his education at Easterly and Lucasville Schools. Bill tried his hand at a few different jobs such as working in the logging bush camps for his Uncle Vic Assinger, a grader operator and a farm hand. On July 21, 1953 Bill married Matilda (Tillie) Gusikoski at St. John’s R.C. Church north of Viscount. Together they ran the Viscount Cafe while living upstairs. Even though this was Tillie’s love it wasn’t Bill’s. The pull of the land led him back to the farm life, Bill and Tillie began to build their life on the farm in the Viscount area. They were blessed with six children. Bill loved the farm life and ran a grain and cattle operation. He was very proud of his Limousin herd, he won the Grand Champion for best carcass at the Regina Agribition in 1977. Every aspect of farming brought Bill satisfaction, but harvest time was his most favorite.
He was a very community minded person and was always ready to volunteer on committees or boards at the local level. Bill served as a Councillor for 7 years and as Reeve for 31 years for the RM of Viscount, he was always ready and willing to attend board meetings.
Faith was very important to Bill he was a faithful member of the Knights of Columbus since 1959.
In 2006 Bill and Tillie retired to Humboldt where they enjoyed their time playing cards and visiting with family and friends. Tillie passed away in 2010. Bill remained in Humboldt until 2015 when he moved to Saskatoon where he lived independently until his passing.
Bill will always be remembered for his dedication and commitment to farming and helping others. Spending time with his family was important, he thoroughly enjoyed teasing his grandchildren and keeping them on their toes.
Bill is survived by his six children, eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren:
Harvey (Cindy) Welter of Viscount and family Raylean (Leighton) Ballard of Martinsville and children Taelyr and Rhyan and Leah (Jon) Habok of Calgary, AB and son Hunter;
Shelley (Richard) Kirkwood of Viscount and family Braten (Tanya) Kirkwood of Saskatoon and children Knox, Kynzlee and Madyn and Ashlen Kirkwood of Saskatoon;
Corinne (Glenn) Thoms of Bruno and family Allison Thoms (Jared Beuker) of Melfort and Brandon Thoms of Saskatoon;
Cameron Welter of Calgary, AB and family Christin (Jason) Rempel of Saskatoon and children Kalea, Connor and Sebastian, Holly MacNeil and Jenna MacNeil both of Calgary, AB;
Brad (Lesley) Welter and family Riley Welter and Haley Welter all of Viscount;
Shauna Welter (Marc Belanger) of Saskatoon;
Brothers and sisters: Martha (Ray) Leidl of Saskatoon, Pete (Lois) Welter of Nokomis, Evelyn Daniels of Richmond, BC, and Mervyn (Adrienne) Welter of North Battleford; sisters-in-law: Betty Welter of Calgary, AB and Vera Welter of Saskatoon; numerous nieces and nephews and by members of the Gusikoski family.
Bill was predeceased by his parents Anton and Mary Welter; wife Tillie Welter; two brothers: Arnold Welter and Tony Welter.
A Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at St. Alphonse R.C. Church Viscount. This was a Public Service, following the guidelines put forth by the Govt. of Saskatchewan, with social distancing in the church. Interment followed at the St. Alphonse R.C. Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to Heart & Stroke Foundation or St. Alphonse Cemetery (Make cheques payable to St. Alphonse R.C. Parish (Cemetery Fund).
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Heart & Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan
1738 Quebec Avenue Unit 26, Saskatoon SK S7K 1V9
St. Alphonse Catholic Cemetery
Cheques to made to St. Alphonse Parish
Directed to Cemetery Fund