Albert Hoess was born March 5, 1926 in Germany and died April 18, 2018 in Melfort, Saskatchewan at the age of 92. Dad came to Canada in 1929 with his parents who settled near Daylesford Saskatchewan, where they began farming. Their family was poor and lard sandwiches were dad's school lunches on many occasions. Dad worked hard as the oldest child and left school after grade 8 to help his family. When he was 17, his father took him to Regina to buy a tractor, after the purchase his dad pointed north and told dad to drive it cross country back to the farm. He recounted relying on the kindness of others on the journey. It was quite an adventure.
Dad left the farm for a few years and among other things, worked 'out' at Forsters farm, partnered with a friend in a business, and worked for a graveling company in British Columbia, which he enjoyed immensely. He took a diesel mechanic course and reminisced frequently about having top marks in that course.
When Dad was 26, his father passed away and Dad returned to the farm to help his mother, brothers and sisters. Dad married Frances Kosokowsky in 1958, they built a house about a mile from his fathers homestead. Together they raised 3 children, continuing to farm the land, growing crops and tending to cows and pigs. Dad retired from farming at 65 but continued to live on the farm and rented out his land. Mom and Dad were married for 48 years until she passed away in 2007. Dad continued to live on the farm, living on his own terms and enjoying the privacy of the farm, until a few days before he passed away.
Dad had a wry sense of humor, he loved going for drives and walking at the farm and at the lake. His mind was sharp and he kept up on current events, although his hearing deteriorated in later years. He also was very resourceful, fixing things, and building things out of bits and pieces, like the wagon he built that he pulled behind the lawn tractor. After mom passed, he became more talkative and loved to chat with family about his younger years. He spoke many times about his brother Joe and his brother-in-law John Gorsalitz. He loved animals and they loved him, his farm cats followed him on his daily walks and would come out to greet him when he honked the horn.
Dad is survived by his three children: John (Laurelyn) and their children: Benjamin, Matthew and Ryan; Marie (Don Kraft) and their children: Connor and Cooper; Tony and his children: Jennifer, Patrick and Regan; his sisters: Anne, Louise and Laura and his brother Alfred; sister- in-law: Margaret Langlois and Theresa Kosokowsky, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad was predeceased by his wife Frances; his parents Carl and Teresa and his brothers and sister: Carl, John, Joe and Rose.
We miss you Dad and are thankful for the legacy you gave us.