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Oskar Layer

Winnipeg, MB

December 22, 1928 - April 1, 2024

Oskar Layer Obituary

Peacefully, on April 1, 2024, Oskar Layer, at the age of 95 with his family by his side was called home to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

A devoted and loving husband to Lydia for 69 years. Father to Rob (Annegret), Lil (Ron Kozussek) and Rick (Nancy).Grandfather to Wes (wife Jenn, children Liam, Dawson, Emma); TJ (wife Janet, children Aster and Zoë); Brian (Amy); Andy and Heidi. Predeceased by his father Fritz, mother Katherine, his sister Lili and her son John Haidt.

He was born in the German village of Grossliebentahl, Russia (present day Ukraine) near Odessa on December 22, 1928. Life was good until his father was forcibly taken from the home, falsely accused, and executed when Oskar was just 12. As a consequence, he had to quit school to help his mother on the collective farm to satisfy the communist quotas. Due to the brutality of the Russian communist government, the family fled as refugees to Germany. Oskar was 15 when they reached Germany where he was immediately forced into the German army. Shortly after this, his mother and sister were captured by the Russians and sent to a work camp in Siberia. With minimal training, he was sent to the front lines to fight. Luckily the war ended when his unit was just a few kilometres from the front and they were told to “go home, the war is over”. That same day, he was captured by the British and put into a prisoner of war camp for a month or two. Before he could be released, he was paired up with an older prisoner because he was underage and had no home or family to be released to.

This was the point in his life where he learned to fend for himself… the beginning of him finding work wherever he could, while at the same time searching for his mother and sister, he had no idea where they were. After 8 years he had the opportunity to come to Canada. His passage, room and board were paid for by a farmer in exchange for one year of work on a farm near Morden. He often said that this was the biggest gift that he had ever received. This was the start of a new life of “freedom” that he never took for granted. After fulfilling his year of work for the farmer he moved into Winnipeg. It was there he met and married Lydia and together they had three children. She was the glue that held the family together. She has faithfully stood by him in all his endeavors, both business and pleasure.

Oskar was a gifted upholsterer, a well-respected upholstery shop owner, an entrepreneur who was involved in many different businesses, always providing for his family. The opportunities were endless in Canada, he always said you could work hard and get ahead. At the age when most people look at retiring, he was buying a car wash with his boys. Retirement was not for him.

He taught his children the value of hard work and to not be afraid of getting their hands dirty. He was an extremely generous man and enjoyed many close friendships.

After many years of being separated from his mother and sister, he received unexpected news regarding their whereabouts and started the process to bring them to Canada. He attributes this and numerous other events to the protective hand of God. He was a faithful member of Peace Lutheran Church for over 50 years and loved his church family.

Oskar had a long and full life. He was a shining example of someone who fully loved life, family, friends, work and adventure. An energetic and strong man who struggled with his health for the past 2 years. Lydia loved, supported and served him until the end.

The family would like to thank the Palliative Care Team, (especially his favorite nurse Tamara), for all their wonderful support and help in caring for him at his home.

Oskar’s Funeral will be held at Peace Lutheran Church, 350 Gilmore Ave., Winnipeg on Wednesday April 10, 2024, at 11:00 AM. A light lunch will follow. Interment will be at 2:30 PM at Glen Eden Cemetery, 4477 Main St.

If you wish, donations can be made to the Peace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund in memory of Oskar.

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