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August Friedrich Lenz
February 4, 1935 - January 5, 2017
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<div itemprop="description">August Friedrich Lenz was born Feb. 4, 1935 in Rosario, Mexico to Emil and Ida (Schmidt) Lenz. He was the 3rd of 7 children. The family returned to Germany in March of 1939. In 1945 the family fled from East Germany to the West before the border was well defined. They travelled with horse and buggy for several days and even during the night so as not to be detected. Once the escape was made they settled for about 8 years near Hamburg where August worked as a farm hand and later was learning the trade as a shoemaker. In August of 1953 the family immigrated to the Frobisher, Saskatchewan area. In September 1956 they bought a farm south of Frobisher, SK. August worked at various jobs in Frobisher including 9 years for CN Rail as well as on the family farm south of Frobisher. In April 1974 he and his mother moved to Edmonton, Alberta. They lived together until her passing in April 1993. When arriving in Edmonton, August worked for Art Bryer working on small appliances. He then drove truck, hauling various loads. He ended his career working for Trendwood from 1993-1998. After his mother’s death, he bought an acreage at Ardrossan, AB. His retirement started in 1998, at age 63 getting to work full time at the acreage in Ardrossan. He lived there until Nov. 2016 when he was admitted to hospital. He passed away on Thursday Jan. 5,2017 at the age of 81.<br>Family was important to him. He kept in contact with relatives in Germany by calling, going to visit them in Germany and hosting their visits to Canada. There were many trips back to Saskatchewan to visit, not to mention all the trips made to Camrose, Viking and Sherwood Park.<br>German was still his native tongue which allowed him to attend the German worship services at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Edmonton, Alberta.<br>He was a true German, hard headed/ stubborn/ RIGHT!!! But he was still there for you when help was needed.<br>He loved to tinker with everything. At his acreage you could always find him working on something, whether it be fixing or making it better. He was a man that enjoyed the simple things, working in the garden, making bread, puttering.<br>He worked for what he had and valued what he had.<br>August was predeceased by his parents, Emil and Ida, brother-in-laws Emil Brandt, Willi Brown, Hugo Biberdorf, sister-in-law Edelgard Lenz, nephew Kevin Adloff and niece Deborah Highet.<br>Survived by siblings, Aganata Brandt, Erna Brown, Hertha Biberdorf, Helmut(Hilda), Ernst, and Erika(Helmut) Adloff, and numerous nieces and nephews. <br></div>