Born on the farm.
Obituary from Saskatoon Star Phoenix December 16, 2013:
Rudolph (Rudy) Flath1930-2013Rudy Flath passed away peacefully on Friday, December 13, 2013 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-three years, Dorothy (Roberts); his children and grandchildren; Thomas (Lori Cline) and their daughter Katie, and Tom’s children Tanya, Trina, Jon; James (Jee Weon Shin) and their son, Juno; Valerie (Kurt Norrie) and their daughters Sydney, Dylan; Nancy (Frank Copley) and their children Maia, Maury; Lesley (David Honig) and their sons Toren, Ryley; his brothers Eddie (Margaret), Harry (Barbea), Bob (Vera), sister-in-law Lena, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Rudy was predeceased by his parents, Otto and Clara Flath (Young); his sisters, Vonda and Lydia; brothers, Eugene, Oscar, and Arnold; and a daughter-in-law, Lynda. Rudy was born February 14, 1930, on the family farm near Hafford, SK and he attended school in Hafford, Whiteberry, and Slawa. As a young man, Rudy worked in construction, the oilfields, and a nickel mine. In 1959, he decided to settle down and become a farmer. Rudy purchased five quarters in the Stoughton area and soon after, he and Dorothy were married in Fielding, SK. He was a devoted husband and caring father. Rudy had a deep love for the land and was active in the Stoughton community. He was a committed member of Zion Lutheran Church, coached minor hockey, curled, played ball, belonged to the Lion’s Club and Drop-In Centre, and sang in several community choirs. A talented musician, Rudy played the violin, accordion, keyboard and harmonica by ear. In 2005, he and Dorothy retired from farming and purchased a home in Stoughton. In 2012, they moved to the Primrose Chateau Retirement Community in Saskatoon. Rudy will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his family and friends. The family would like to express special thanks to the staff at St. Paul’s Hospital for their care and compassion. A celebration of Rudy’s life will be held on Wednesday, December 18 at 2:00 P.M. at the Saskatoon Funeral Home, 338 Fourth Avenue North with Pastor James Vosper officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Stoughton and District First Responders, c/o Colleen Gowan, Box 282, Stoughton, SK S0G 4T0 or the Canadian Lutheran World Relief, 600-177 Lombard Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0W5. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home (306-244-5577).