It is with heavy hearts that the family of Vincent Erker, beloved husband of the late Margaret Erker, announce his passing on Friday, September 29, 2017, at the age of 83 years. He leaves to cherish his memory six children, Garry (Wanda) Erker, Janice (Les) Eckert, Dean (Janna) Erker, Michelle (Shawn) Huntington, Darren Erker and Jason Erker; nine grandchildren, Ryan and Amy (Carson and Kyra); Daniel; Justine; Nolan and Brittany (Emmett); Jared; Trisha; Tasha and Brayden (Liam); Gabriel; Nathaniel; one brother Gerald (Linda) Erker; three sisters, Tillie (Rene) Pinel, Theresa (Carson) Rine, Anna Gamble and one sister-in-law Jeanette (Leon) Eckert, as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and his good friend and companion Margaret Loran. Vincent was predeceased by his wife Margaret in 2016, his parents, Elizabeth and Roy Erker, six sisters, Frances, Elizabeth, Katherine, Eleanor, Cecilia and Margaret. Born near Liebenthal, Saskatchewan Vincent was the second eldest of eleven children born to Roy and Elizabeth Erker. He attended Baden School and Liebenthal School before beginning his farming career. He married Margaret Heck in 1959, and together they raised their children on a farm located half a mile from the farm where Vincent had grown up. Vincent and Margaret moved to Medicine Hat in 1991, but he continued to farm until 2004. Vincent was a very active member of the community, volunteering as a baseball coach, school board trustee, and member of the Liebenthal recreation board. He was also very involved with the Knights of Columbus at Liebenthal, and later the Joe McKenna Council in Medicine Hat. He was an active church volunteer and loved to sing in the church choir, and later in the congregation. Vincent loved music; he had a wonderful voice and a natural musical ability. He taught himself to play the accordion and, later on, the organ. One of his favorite past-times in recent years, while living at the Wellington, was to attend the musical entertainment provided by many local musicians, and he could be heard singing along to the songs he knew. Vincent was a devoted husband and he cared for Margaret for several years as her health was declining. He was a strong Christian and he continued to find great comfort in his faith. He was a treasured husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed by all. Family and friends will gather for prayers in the PATTISON CHAPEL on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be celebrated in Holy Family Parish (1451 Strachan Road SE) on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Philip Le, celebrant. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Margery E. Yuill Cancer Centre (Medicine Hat Regional Hospital) c/o 666 5th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4H6 or to the Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Society, 11728 Kingsway Ave N.W., Edmonton, AB T1G 0X5. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Vincent Erker.