Sheldon Allan Ziprick was born on April 13, 1955 to Hilda and Herman Ziprick. He was baptized and confirmed in the Trinity Lutheran Church. He grew up on the family farm just a few minutes west of Inglis. He attended school in Inglis up to Grade 10 then attempted high school, but learning to trap and skin animals seemed much more important to him.
Sheldon married the love of his life, the most amazing, patient, and hardest working woman Janice (Fingas) on November 7, 1992, celebrating 30 years this past year. They were blessed with their first, Nathan, Oct. 30, 1993; Kelsey, Dec. 8, 1995 and Nicole Oct. 20th, 1998.
Years later, Sheldon added a few more kids to his heart. He loved Taylor, Jordan, and Ryland like his own, always up to have a drink with them.
Every morning Sheldon would sit at his kitchen table, drink a pot of coffee…and the calling would start. He called his daughters every day, even a few times a day to tell a joke, or joke around with, or simply just ask what they were up to for the day. If they didn’t answer, he would call Jordan and Ryland. He often would call Taylor and invite her for supper and then tell Nathan they were staying for supper.
Sheldon loved to fish, hunt, trap and of course farm. He put so many miles on walking through the bush and up and down the valleys. Meeting so many people through the years, always having his shop door open for people to bring their animals to butcher. Especially the guys from Thompson.
Sheldon started farming at a young age, with his father, Roy, and later Garth. He eventually bought three quarters of land from George Wagner, where a friendship was instantly formed. In 1999 they bought a house and moved it onto the land where the farmyard was started. Sheldon and Janice farmed cattle and grain. Nathan started buying cows and farming with Sheldon and Janice. Sheldon taught Nathan many things about farming which allowed Sheldon to step back when his health didn’t allow him to do as much. He still loved supervising in his Ranger and feeding silage in his first ever, brand new John Deere tractor.
Sheldon leaves behind his wife Janice; his son Nathan (Taylor), and daughters Kelsey (Jordan) and Nicole (Ryland); brothers Roy (Robin) Ziprick, Garth (Sylvia) Ziprick, and sister Diane Koch; In-laws Lynton Koss, Bonnie (Dave) Douglas, Sharon (Doug) Davies, Marilyn (Gerald) Halwas, Gloria (Reg) Burla, Leanne Werschler, Rick (Merlene) McFadyen, George Wagner, who he thought of as a second father, numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and all his friends.
He is predeceased by his parents, Herman and Hilda Ziprick. Herman passed away 43 years to the day; his in-laws, Joel and Rita Fingas, brothers-in-law Gerry Koch and Bob Werschler, sister-in-law, Brenda Koss. He is now back with most of his hunting buddies, Bill Wozny, Donny Marshall, Sam and Brian Holt, Bob Werschler, Kenny Liske, Rick Goraluk, Johnny Derkach and his uncle Gerald Borkofski. All of his grand dogs will miss being fed and all the cuddles on the couch. He loved them all so much. We will miss you, your jokes, and your smile very, very much.
Bethany South Cemetery Fund
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Expanding Community Cancer Care
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