Leslie Henry Radics
February 23,1935 - January 26, 2020
Leslie Henry Radics was born Feb. 23, 1935 in Coaldale, Alberta. He was the first-born child of Steve and Elsie Radics. They moved to Surrey, BC in 1937 and in 1950, his dad bought 4 quarters of land, sight unseen in the district of Leask. His dad farmed the land for 2 years, and on July 1st, 1952 the rest of the family joined him.
That fall, Les started school. He spent 1 day in grade 11, came home and said, “I’d rather shovel grain than go to school.” And thus, began his farming career.
He and his dad raised pigs and cattle as well as grew wheat, oats and barley. With his dad’s help, Les bought his first quarter of land. He paid him back in pigs. It is unknown how many pigs were traded before the debt was paid off.
He met the love of his life, Margaret in 1958 and on Jun 10th 1960, they were wed. Their family began to grow when Randy was born. Their family of 3 soon grew to be 4 with the blessing of their daughter Donna followed by the birth of sweet baby Myrna, however, tragedy struck on Aug. 26, 1972 when she drowned on a family day trip, to Emerald Lake. It was a very sad time, but Leslie always told Margaret, “It’s OK, we have each other.” Along with the encouragement, support and prayers from their family and friends, in time, they managed to overcome the loss. Shortly after, David was born, and finally Blaine. The family was raised in the traditional family farm setting, with everyone pitching in to help.
The Lord Jesus was the centre of Les’s life. He had a very caring heart. He looked for the good in everyone he met. When it was placed upon his heart, he would give without anyone having to ask. But most importantly, you knew that he was praying for you.
Les and Margaret served the Lord in many ways. Les felt in his heart that the mission field was right here at home. He and Margaret actively supported home ministry on the Muskeg Lake and Mistawasis reserves, as well as Chapel ministry in the correctional facilities in Saskatoon and Prince Albert. In 2006 he became an ordained Missionary. This was a ministry they did together for 47 years.
Again, tragedy struck on Aug. 29th, 2010 when receiving the news of the loss of their second daughter Donna. It was again, their faith in the God above and overwhelming support of the family and community that saw them through.
In his retirement, Les loved to ride around the yard on his riding mower. He even built a spot on the back to cart his sweetheart around. Les enjoyed fencing and gardening. There was always a daily project whether it was trimming trees, painting out buildings, cleaning the yard or cutting grass. Once the daily project was complete, the reward was always coffee and fellowship. He was always one to start the conversation, but first asking the Lord to direct his way if there was anyone who He needed to hear the word of God. Les proclaimed to so many of the eternal reward in heaven, if you choose to believe in the One who saved you. Les has finally earned his reward. He passed away peacefully on January 26, 2020.
Les is lovingly remembered by: his wife, Margaret; his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, Randy (Susan) Radics and family, Danay (Conrad) Smart - Gavin, Camerin, Haydin Jocelyn; Jordan Radics and Jalen (Alysha) Radics - Myah; David (Christie) Radics and family, Jessica, Wyatt and Abby; Blaine (Tanya) Radics and family, Emily and Ava; Donna’s family, Cherish (Levi) Schutte – Hudson; Melody (Paul) Slemming - Matea, Kate and Vaughn; Amelia (Riley) Kennedy; Saelah (Kirsten) Almen; his son-in-law, Owen Johnson; his sister, Grace Konjolka as well as numerous other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He is predeceased by: his parents, Steve and Elsie Radics; his daughters, Donna Johnson and Myrna Radics; his great grandson, Dominic Schutte; his son-in-law, Maurice Lande; his sister, Lillian Fabian and sister-in-law, Denise Stiglich; his brothers-in-law, John Fabian and Ed Konjolka; his parents-in-law, Emile and Lorenza Garand; his niece, Colleen Konjolka and his nephew, Andrew Crowder.
The funeral service for Les was held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Leask Community Hall with Lorne Valuck officiating. Music was provided by Danay Smart and Melody Slemming and Brian and Chris Arcand. Readings were by Tracey Johnson and Blanche Crowder. The eulogy was by Christie Radics and shared memories by Les’ grandchildren. Pallbearers were Jordan Radics, Jalen Radics, Wyatt Radics, Conrad Smart, Levi Schutte and Paul Slemming. Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Interment will be at a later date.
Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are invited to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau "Lac" Funeral Home, Fred Pomrenk, Funeral Director, Leask, SK (306-466-4822).
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