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Vernon Jordens

Vernon Jordens

Monday, August 3, 1936 - Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Vern Jordens on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at his home in Whitewood, SK.
"Sonny" was born August 3, 1936, to Joseph and Julia Jordens at their home near Sinnett, SK. His childhood was spent on the farm in the Poplar Grove district. He joined the Armed Forces just before his 18th birthday and became one of the first peacekeeping groups to serve in the Suez Canal Crisis in the 1950s. Following that, he continued serving as a qualified maintenance mechanic, where he excelled to become top mechanic in the company's three plants in Calgary. We are proud of the recognition of his intellectual capabilities. He eventually returned to Whitewood to live with his father, Joseph.
Vern was predeceased by his parents,Joe and Julia; his two sisters, Loretta and Jean; and two brothers, Leonard and Joseph (Buddy).
He is survived by two sisters, Eileen and Angela (Ed) Mihalicz, and numerous nieces and nephews; a daughter, Charlotte; granddaughter TC; and great-grandchildren Sage and Willa.
May the Lord wrap him in the light of God's presence and give him peace.
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Don jordens

Posted at 04:23pm
I remember one time with uncle sonny at one of the many Jordens reunions I think it was in Grenfell, we were tossing horseshoes having a beer when aunt Loretta came out and asked him to come in for a family picture with grandpa he continued to toss shoes and drink his beer when she yelled at him a second time he still continued, I asked him if he had heard her he said yes but was in no hurry to go about ten minutes later aunt Loretta and I think aunt Angela came out together and dragged him inside to get the picture taken.
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Mary jordens

Posted at 04:22pm
Sonny was Lens baby brother,but like Len ,you never got in the meat of the man....the family moved to Langbank in 1943....
Hilary joined the army in 1956...he served 11 years...he married Lorraine in 1962..
In Calgary.He drove a taxi cab...we had the privilege off his service, taking us to the Calgary airport and had a nice visit..
He slowed up one day in Emo,and wanted to leave his truck and all his belongings with us...we don’t know why or were he went ,lLen took him to the border and he was away south...
I remember the day he met his daugher and granddaughter,for the first time... such a sweet moment,I think Charlotte was amazed that she had the Jordens walk.very tall and slim..
Another time we found out that he loved cantaloupe and ice cream,(the Jordens men ate ice cream with anything) so we had a feast as his treat at Eileen’s place...
May he Rest In Peace...gone but never forgotten...
A

Angela

Posted at 04:13pm
Just a note about the winter picture with Brian in the sleigh. For extra excitement, Sonny would lead us across the field to a straw pile where we would climb to the top and then slide all the way down, wow it was hard work but so much fun!
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Debbie Mihalicz

Posted at 03:09am
Sonny was the closest brother in age to my Mom Angela, only two years older than her. What I know of him is mostly from her recollections of them growing up together, a lifetime of which nurtured deep admiration and love in my heart for this big brother, whom she described as her best friend for many years. With Mom’s permission I would like to share some of those thoughts and memories.

Sonny was incredibly intelligent, courageous, humble and kind. As the second youngest of seven kids growing up on a farm, he shouldered a lot of responsibility for the work chores, but also delighted in simple pleasures like running barefoot outside after a rain with his little sister, feeling the cool clay mud squishing between their toes, and finding salamanders that came out after the storm.

Sonny was very tall, standing a full head and shoulders above Mom, but rather than imposing, he had a gentle disposition that made his tallness endearing. He patiently taught his younger sister everything, including how to drive a truck and handle their huge horses. One spring when Sonny was only ten years old and his sister was eight, attending Sunnymead School, a day-long rain had saturated the clay soil, making the road home very slippery. They were both riding Sonny’s big horse, and despite keeping a slow, careful pace, the horse suddenly slipped and fell heavily onto its side. Panic could have quickly caused the situation to deteriorate for horse and riders, but Mom recalls how amazing her brother was, maintaining a calm control of the situation, quietly reassuring his horse to slowly get up, first onto its knees, then to its feet, and finally hoisting his little sister onto the horse’s back again. This is but one testament to Sonny’s cool head and capability of handling great responsibility, even at a young age.

During WWII, Mom and Sonny would sit together against the wall behind the wood cookstove in the farm kitchen, their warm place of security while listening to the somber voice of Lorne Greene reading dreaded radio announcements of Canadian casualties on the European front.

After high school, Sonny himself joined the army, and was deployed as a soldier on one of Canada’s first UN Peacekeeping missions to the Middle East. He was still very young when one night on patrol, he suffered a brutal knife attack that was to shape the rest of his life, in what we now know as PTSD. He remained with the army for a few more years, gaining a reputation as a skilled mechanic, but with the severe trauma unresolved, he eventually disappeared for over two decades. After being found, a family member supported him in moving home and applying for the army pension to which he was entitled; following many attempts, however, being sent from one office to the other in various towns & cities, filling out multiple lengthy forms that produced no result, Sonny finally gave up and made the choice to exist independently. Remarkably, and tragically, as yet another testament to his exceptional ability to quietly take charge of a difficult situation, he lived so for the rest of his days.

Despite his loneliness, trauma & poverty, Sonny remained gracious, humble and kind. Known only to himself until after his passing, he regularly donated what little he had to multiple charities. Staff at the local grocery store say time after time, after spending his meagre resources on food, they’d watch Sonny on his way out give back up to 90%, placing it in bins for those less fortunate. Here was a man who had every reason to be angry, spiteful & bitter, yet chose to share with those who needed help. Although he refused offers of assistance from well-intentioned family members, he always let them know how very much he appreciated their efforts. Sonny was a fluent writer, and a voracious reader who followed the news studiously. Over the years, Mom continued to enjoy many long phone conversations with her brother, always in awe of his perspective and depth of knowledge on almost any subject.

Three years ago I sent Uncle Sonny a Christmas card, in which I wrote how much I think about him. A couple weeks later, I received a card in the mail, with a white dove on the front & a quote from Walt Whitman, “Peace - is always beautiful.” It was signed, simply, “Vern Jordens”. It is one of my most precious possessions.

Uncle Sonny died at the age of 84, still residing in the tiny house that had been his parents’, and sadly, alone. I choose to remember him as that happy, carefree child sharing adventures on the farm with his little sister. His nieces and nephews remember the joy he found in entertaining them by throwing them up on his big shoulders and taking them for a gallop. I will remember him as the tall & handsome young man who loved Mountain Dew, had aspirations of serving his country, aging into a generous, respectful Elder despite an unconscionable betrayal by the institution to which he had entrusted his life. Although we only met a few times, I always greatly respected my Uncle from afar, and on behalf of the Jordens clan, we are honoured to be able to call a man like this family.

Special thanks to Cousin Michael Decelle and wife Chris for your commitment in taking on the weight of responsibilities inherent in a life passing. Your dedication and respect will never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace now, Uncle. Let your legacy be how important it is to take care of ourselves and each other, mind, body and soul; let it be graciousness in the face of unimaginable suffering, inner strength against all odds, and fighting back the darkness by striking a match of kindness, to offer the Light.
 
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agm@sasktel.net Posted at 06:48pm

Thanks so much Debbie, this captures his spirit perfectly.. Angela
 
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fbfriends2013@yahoo.com Posted at 07:38pm

Beautiful, I have no memory of him so ironically, this brought him to life for me. Thank you for that! RIP Uncle Sonny
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