Bert Horgas (Albert Alexander) was born March 1, 1927 on the family farm southwest of Willowbrook. He was the son of Steve and Margaret Horgas. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul United Halmok Church in the area. Bert went to Maxwelton School then stayed home to farm with his father and brother. In 1958 he married Esther Maurer at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Duff. They then joined St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorkton. Bert and Esther bought their farm on highway 52 in 1964. There they ran a mixed farm and raised their children together. They lived there for 30 years and then moved to Yorkton in 1990. Even after moving to Yorkton, Bert continued to go to the farm and help his son with the seeding and harvest. In 2006 the farmland was sold however the yardsite was kept in the family. He continued to visit the family yard where he spent most of his life with his wife and children. Bert had a passion for the Halmok Church and Cemetery in which his grandparents and brother were buried. In the 1980s he helped restore the church and clean up the grounds. His passion continued even after he could no longer look after it himself and enjoyed going out with the boys and watching as they kept his love for the churchyard alive. After his retirement from the farm, Bert's favourite summer pastime was camping at Manitou Beach and dancing at Danceland. He suffered for many years with asthma and bronchitis and later COPD and dementia in the end. Bert and Esther had 5 children and lost 2 to cancer - Richard at age 16 in 1984 and Janice Mehling at age 55 in 2015. Bert is survived by his wife Esther; three children: Ken (Leona), Robert (Anita) and Sandra; 6 grandchildren: Janelle Mehling, Dawn Hunt (Drew), Reagen Horgas, Shaylynn Horgas, Ashley, Tyler & Kallie Buenneke; 3 great grandchildren: Zowee Mydonick, Jayden Hunt and Liam Hunt; two step grandchildren: Kristen Ashby (Shane - predeceased), and Ryan (Breana) Lazecki; four step great grandsons: Brendan Ashby, and Sebastian, Oliver and Gabriel Lazecki. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Elizabeth Lemchuk (Frank - predeceased), Ada Toth (Robert) and Helen Ziglo (Tony). He was predeceased by brothers William in 1933 and Harold in 1995.
The funeral service was held on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorkton with Rev. Heike Toeller officiating. Tributes were given by Sandra Horgas and Dawn Hunt. Organist, Carla Laycock led the congregation in the hymns 'Precious Lord, Take My Hand', 'Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling', and 'How Great Thou Art'. The interment took place in the Yorkton City Cemetery with Ken and Reagen Horgas, Mark & Tyler Buenneke, Drew Hunt and Glen Lang serving as the casketbearers. Memorials were to the Halmok Cemetery. Condolences can be left at baileysfuneralhome.com