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John Henry Eisner

March 11, 1941 ~ May 17, 2021 (age 80)



John Henry Eisner

1941 - 2021

John Henry Eisner was born to Arnold and Olga Eisner on March 11, 1941.  He went to his heavenly home on May 17, 2021 at the age of 80.  He entered the world on a farm, and he remained on his farm until shortly before his passing.

He spent his whole life in the Minitonas area.  What he lacked in formal education, he made up for with a sharp mind, ingenuity, a quick wit, and a determined spirit.  His childhood, along with his three brothers and two sisters, was the beginning of a life full of faith, family, and farming.  He placed his faith in Jesus and was baptized as a young man.  He learned to lean on his Saviour in good times and bad and his steadfast faith is a lingering example to us.

On May 6, 1961, he married his beautiful bride, Erika Gutowski.  Over the next 60 years together, their family grew from five daughters, to over forty members, resulting in many loud and fun family gatherings, especially the annual Christmas celebration at the cabin.

Dad always loved animals, whether it was livestock or wildlife.  He built his livelihood around them; first cattle, then horses, with a large PMU operation, then branching out with the Tent Town Game Farm.  This led to a passion for raising elk and bison, which he enjoyed until the end.  Even after going through major back surgery, he and Mom still enjoyed going for rides in the side-by-side to check on the herds.  He also enjoyed grain farming with his son-in law, Ian, eventually watching his grandsons join in. His time spent as a guide and outfitter resulted in many adventures and lasting friendships from across North America.  His knowledge of the outdoors and animals was endless. His friends and family enjoyed his storytelling during hunting and fishing trips.

To sum up this larger-than-life man seems an impossible feat.  His big smile, friendly personality, generosity, and straight-forward manner will be remembered by all who knew him.

Dad will be dearly missed by his family: wife, Erika, children: Jacqueline (Bob) Miller, Teresa (Ian) McKay, Judy (Blaine) Hart, Cheryl (Reg) Ellingson, Tobey (Gary) Thiessen; grandchildren: Kiefer Winters, Zoe Winters, Carson (Savanna) McKay, Mark (Leanne) McKay, Kellen (Shaun) Dreger, Nathan Hart, Aaron Hart, Joshua (Sarah) Hart, Benjamin (Patience) Hart, Annalisa and Ainsli Ellingson, Luke and Kenya Thiessen; great grandchildren: Sadie and Coral McKay, Chloe, Patrick, and Harley McKay, Emmett Breitkreuz, Isaac and Jesse Dreger, Carter, Jett, Connor, and Otto Hart; siblings: Rose (Joe) Burghardt, Nelson (Lydia) Eisner, Lawrence (Glenys) Eisner, Doug (Marlene) Eisner, and Darlene Eisner; in-laws: Anna Gutowski, and Willi (Anita) Gutowski; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many friends.

He was pre-deceased by his infant brother, Walter, grandson, Christopher Torrey Winters, and brother-in-law Otto Gutowski.

A private family funeral service was held at the Eisner Family Farm. Interment was held in the Minitonas Cemetery, Minitonas, Manitoba with Rev. Byron Hardy officiating.

If friends so desire, donations in John’s memory may be made to Waters Edge Bible Camp, Box 60, Swan River, Manitoba R0L 1Z0.

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