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Ryan Toews

Posted: 08/14/2018 9:11 AM

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July 13, 1967 – August 10, 2018

On the morning of Friday, August 10, 2018, after one last morning coffee beside his wife, Rose, Ryan Toews went to be with his Lord and Saviour, passing away at home at the young age of 51.

Ryan Leslie John Toews was born on July 13, 1967 to Elbert and Lorraine Toews in Steinbach, MB. He was the baby of the family, and a very precious gift to three older sisters, Pearl, Carmel and Sherri. He grew up in Steinbach, MB and graduated from the Steinbach Regional Secondary School in 1985. Ryan lived much of his childhood in the gymnasium. He loved sports, did well in many, and was particularly passionate about volleyball and waterskiing. It was through this passion that he met his other passion - his high school sweetheart, Rose Funk. Ryan was coaching the JV volleyball team when a young girl on the team caught his eye, and his heart was forever hers after that. When Ryan wasn’t at the school gym, he could be found boating, waterskiing, and just generally living it up at the family cottage at Red Rock Lake.

At the age of 21, he began his lifelong career as a business man, opening the first smoke-free coffee shop in Steinbach, Ryan’s Gold Cup. At 22, he moved to Winkler to manage the Economy Foods. From there, Ryan went on to work in the manufacturing business as a GM of Leisure Travel Vans in Gretna, MB. The last 15 years of his working career were spent with Greenvalley Equipment in Morden. As a general manager, Ryan did his job like he did life - with strength, honesty and above all, integrity. Ryan was a fair leader, respected by many in the business community. Ryan married his high school sweetheart, Rose, on July 18, 1987. Ryan and Rose had four children: Randi (1991), Dean (1993), Samantha (1995) and Taylor (1997). Ryan loved his family with his whole self. He was very intentional about the relationships he had with his family and was always ready to turn any circumstance into a life lesson. He openly shared his love for God, not just through his words, but through his generosity, love for others, and integrity. As a family, we enjoyed camping, family trips, UIC’s (unnecessary ice-cream stops), various mission trips and summers at the Toews’ cottage. Ryan was so happy to have been able to celebrate the marriages of two of his children, Randi to Eric Unrau and Dean to Shannon Friesen. Ryan loved Eric and Shannon as if they were his own. In the last 5 years, Ryan’s favourite place to be was at his cottage on Brereton Lake with his family, where everyone enjoyed wake-surfing, waterskiing, slow boat rides around the lake, deep and meaningful family chats, games, and meals of steak and perogies. His cottage became a great place of refuge for him in his last year, as his health declined and he enjoyed a short period of retirement.

In November 2016, Ryan’s dream of becoming a Grampa (Pop Pop) came true with the birth of Brody Emerson. He loved cuddles with Brody and prayed for his health continually! Another highlight for Ryan in 2016 was the sponsorship of a refugee family from Burma/Myanmar. Nei Moo and Ka Yar and their five boys became close friends of the family.

In 2006, Ryan was diagnosed with a cardiomyopathy and though he was often frustrated with his deteriorating physical state, it could be said that his enlarged physical heart only mirrored the large heart he had for others. Ryan was the best husband and friend, the most loving father, father-in-law and grampa and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed!

Ryan is survived by his loving wife, Rose, three daughters, Randi (Eric), Samantha and Taylor, one son, Dean (Shannon) and one grandson, Brody, his parents and parents-in-law, three sisters and their families, the Trinh family siblings and their families, two brothers-in-law and their families and many, many friends. He was predeceased by his Trinh brother, Hai and two grandsons, Emerson and Blake.

A Celebration of Ryan’s life will take place at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Winkler Mennonite Church 31 Willowdale Cr. followed by a private burial at Westridge Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made to The Samaritan Foundation ( in memory of Ryan Toews.

Matthew 22:37-39: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself."

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements

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