Forever In Our Hearts – Vindlan Pistun
Vindlan was a wonderful man who was loved, is missed and will always be cherished. He was a loving husband to wife Annie of 63 years. He was a nurturing father to Randy (predeceased), Peggy and Kelly (Wendy) and daughter in law Laurie. Vindlan was a caring grandfather to Jonathan (Richelle), Stacy (Andy), Christopher (Ashley), Nolan, Kaylee, Angie, Cori. And he was a great grandfather to Brooklyn, Arland, Kent, Brandon, Connor and Zachary. Vindlan is also survived by his siblings – sister Angy Matwechuck, brothers George (Nancy), Ronald, Ralph (Judy) and Anthony. Vindlan will be missed as an uncle, cousin and friend to many.
Vindlan was born on October 21, 1932 to John and Teena Pistun on their farm in Foxford. He attended Celtic School, and farming became his way of life. Vindlan enjoyed music and was part of a local country music band. While playing with his band one evening in Shipman, he met the love of his life, Annie Burka. On September 19, 1954, Vindlan and Annie were married. They built their first home together in Foxford, where Vindlan continued to farm. He and Annie acquired a few dairy cows.
In 1956, Vindlan and Annie along with Annie’s uncle Walter and aunt Olga Palibroda ventured off to New Westminster, BC for summer employment. There, Vindlan was employed in the field of maintenance at a sawmill. In autumn, they all returned to Saskatchewan in time for harvest.
In 1961, Vindlan was employed at the Squaw Rapids Dam. For 10 years, Foxford was home to Vindlan and Annie, and was the birthplace of their children Randy and Peggy. In 1963, the family moved to Snowden, where they built and operated a service station along Highway 55. During their time in Snowden, their son Kelly was born.
Vindlan began operating a bulk fuel agency in the spring of 1973, and was later joined in this business by his son Randy. In the autumn of 1973, the service station was sold and Vindlan, Annie, and family established themselves on a farm. Vindlan remained a bulk agent until the autumn of 1992 and continued to farm. He was joined in farming by his son Kelly, who ultimately took over the main farming operation. Nevertheless, Vindlan remained integral to the farming process of both grain and cattle, actively participating during the spring seeding of 2017. As autumn approached, his health began to decline. While he remained an active and
insightful family member, his health prompted a decrease in his farming duties.
In March of 2018, Vindlan’s health was such that he was hospitalized. He passed away on April 26, 2018 in hospital, surrounded by loving family.