Viktor Paper Picture copyRegehr, Viktor

Born on August 20, 1929 in Kleefeld, Ukraine, slipped into eternity on October 30, 2014. Predeceased by wife Maria (August 2014). Loving father to Arthur, Louise Wiens (David). Dear Opa of Chantelle Regehr, Ashley Incitti (Daniel), Adam Wiens and Rachel Wiens. Great Opa of Mya and Alessio. Predeceased by brothers John and Nickolai of Russia and sister Maria Donne of Belgium. Survived by nieces and nephews and their families in Russia and Belgium. His parents tried to emigrate before World War II began but were unsuccessful, and as a result, in 1943 Viktor was swept up in a mass deportation and separated from his family by the Russian Red Army, along with hundreds of thousands of others, and exiled to Siberia. He toiled for 12 years in the wilderness of Kazakstan, meeting his wife Maria, who had also been exiled there, along the way. In 1961 Viktor brought his young family to Canada in search of freedom and a better life, which he never took for granted. Visiting at the Reid Funeral Home & Reception Centre, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) on Tuesday, November 4 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at which time the funeral service to celebrate Viktor’s life will take place. Pastor Derek Montgomery officiating. Interment Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial Donations, made by cheque, to the MCC (Mennonite Central Committee), would be appreciated by the family. Family & Friends may share their memories of Viktor, or make an online contribution at


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