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Obituary - Reverend Barrett Scheske

Reverend Barrett Scheske

1948 - 2020

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Scheske(2020)

His work here on earth is complete and he has answered the final call. Reverend Barrett Scheske passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020, in Medicine Hat, Alberta, at the age of 71 years after a brief battle with cancer. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Mary Jane; sons, Myles Scheske, Benjamin Scheske, Joshua Scheske (Alyssa Lentz) and Kevin Harrison (Alanna); his grandchildren, Parker Harrison and Ainsley Harrison and his sister, Kimberly Scheske. Barrett also leaves behind aunts, cousins, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, colleagues, friends and parishioners from near and far who will miss his presence in their lives. He was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn Scheske on July 14, 1994. Barrett Bradford Frederick Scheske was born in Eriksdale, MB on September 28th, 1948, to Rudy and Agnes Scheske. He received his early education in Manitoba, later graduating from high school in Swift Current, SK. He attended Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, completing his Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Theatre and Communication. He immersed himself in the freedom and fun of college life to its fullest measure, much to the chagrin of his parents. With those wonderful four years behind him, he entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, SK and settled down to the task of earning his Master of Divinity degree with the ultimate goal of performing the work God had intended for him. He was ordained on June 6th, 1976 in Winnipeg, MB and began a lifelong vocation as pastor, preacher, counsellor, teacher and friend to many. During this time he was privileged to serve several congregations that included Lemberg, SK, Edmonton, Claresholm, Medicine Hat, Bow Island, Foremost and Hilda. One of the greatest gifts Barrett possessed was his ability to fit in to any church setting, ranging from the smallest rural churches to large city churches to the Inner City Ministry in Edmonton. He made each parish his home and developed life-long connections with many parishioners. Barrett first attempted to retire in 2006, trying his hand and his gift of the gab as a car salesman. He returned to the ministry in 2008, finally recognizing that it wasn’t that easy to leave his true calling behind. He served various congregations until failing health in the summer of 2019. Barrett loved his children without reservation through both the good times and the tough times. His grandchildren knew him as Papa Bear and he enjoyed watching them grow into the loving and sensitive young people they are today. He loved cars, but never thought twice about trading one in on a whim and coming home with a new one, a bigger one, or a faster one. He had a wonderful, rich voice and he used it to its full advantage, whether that be through preaching, singing, telling stories or giving directions. Barrett loved that he was called to be a “shepherd” and he followed that path with enthusiasm and integrity throughout his 43 years of ministry. He touched many lives over the years and he will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, the Funeral Service will be by invitation. The private Funeral Service will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jim Bredeson and Pastor Brad Everett co-officiating. A private interment will take place in Claresholm, AB at a later date. In recognition of the loving and professional care Barrett has received, family wish to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Jeraj, Homecare, Palliative Care and the staff at St. Joseph’s Home Carmel Hospice. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice or to Victory Lutheran Church Perpetual Remembrance Fund, 2793 Southview Drive SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta,T1B 2H1.


  1. Wally & Maureen Olenic:
    Jul 26, 2020 at 09:02 PM

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Our prayers are with you at this time of sorrow

  2. admin:
    Jul 27, 2020 at 03:57 PM

    Our Hearts and Prayers are with Mary, and the family. Some day we will all meet again, with happiness with the Lord.

    Goodbyes are not forever, and nor is it the end,
    When angels come to call away, a loved one or a friend.
    The empty place that’s left behind within this world we know
    Reminds us just how brief a stay we have before we go.
    So when it’s time to bid farewell to one we’ll dearly miss,
    Let’s just say we’ll meet again and promise them with this…
    The true gift is that love remains although we now must part,
    Until forever and beyond I’ll keep you in my heart.

    Wishing you comfort in your time of sorrow.

    One day we will all see our loved ones again.
    Till then they are with the Lord, with wings, no pain and no sorrow.

    With love to your family,

    Glen and Eileen Sletvold

  3. Andrew, Ingrid, Philip, Victoria & Elizabeth Strange:
    Jul 28, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    Our condolence to the family, our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time

  4. Janice and Rick Blair:
    Jul 28, 2020 at 01:30 PM

    Mary Jane and family,
    Our hearts go out to you as you grieve the death of Barrett.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time (a virtual hug to you, Mary Jane).
    Sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Janice and Rick Blair

  5. Linda Yeast:
    Jul 28, 2020 at 03:03 PM

    Mary and Family. My sincerest condolences to you. I hope the sadness and loss that you feel right now will be made easier with many good memories. Sincerely Linda

  6. Brenda Barton:
    Jul 28, 2020 at 03:58 PM

    Sorry to hear. Condolences Mary Jane to you and your family.

  7. Ken & Edna. Ealey:
    Jul 28, 2020 at 05:15 PM

    Mary Jane and family.
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Ken and Edna Ealey

    Jul 28, 2020 at 08:23 PM

    Dear Mary Jane
    You and your family have our deepest sympathy on the passing of Barrett. My God give you the strength to move forward. Hope to see you soon. God's Blessing to you all.
    Love Always Terri and Adeline

  9. Jean Haakenson:
    Jul 28, 2020 at 09:47 PM

    Sincere Sympathy Mary Jane May God be with you comfort you and give you strength at this difficult time. This will be a tremendous loss for you he was one of a kind.

  10. Rhonda (Maser) Husty:
    Jul 28, 2020 at 10:12 PM

    Mary, I am so very sorry your loss. I will never forget the extreme kindness Barrett extended to my family and I when my mom passed. He was truly an incredible man with a gift of helping others find peace and comfort in their most vulnerable moments. I hope you find comfort in fond memories of special times the two of you shared and quiet moments of reflection. Holding you close in my thoughts and sending my deepest condolences ~ Rhonda

  11. Gail Grahan:
    Jul 29, 2020 at 02:44 AM

    Mary our thoughts & prayers are with at this time of loss. May your memories help to ease your sorrow.
    Bob & Gail Graham

  12. Connie May:
    Jul 29, 2020 at 09:03 AM

    My deepest condolences to Mary. Thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss.

  13. Ray and Marilyn Scheske:
    Jul 29, 2020 at 12:18 PM

    Dear Mary and Boys,
    We grieve with you this great loss. Barry was a bright spark in many of our lives. You all took such loving care of him through these past months. May God comfort and bless you richly. Love and prayers, Ray and Marilyn

  14. Larry & Lorraine Lozo:
    Jul 29, 2020 at 06:14 PM

    May Jane and family,
    Our deepest condolences to you and family in the loss of Barrett. We shall always remember his sense of humour and his appreciation for the the many fancy cars that passed through his life.

    Larry and Lorraine

  15. Terry Frey:
    Jul 29, 2020 at 09:01 PM

    My sincerest condolences Mary. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this sorrowful time.

    Terry Frey

  16. Lynn Hadwen:
    Jul 29, 2020 at 09:30 PM

    Mary Jane and family, there are no words, my heart goes out to you. The pain never goes away but fades with time with all the wonderful memories you have. You are in my thoughts.

  17. Don and Cynthia Smith:
    Jul 29, 2020 at 10:38 PM

    Mostly I will miss the times we sat and talked about church, life, family, and hope for a better future. He had such a passion and determination to preach from the heart because he was a man who cared deeply and never lost that mission of service to others. Through good times and tough times, Barrett was the steady voice for doing the right thing. I will forever remember the moments listen to his words that rose above the noise of life. Our prayers are with Mary and the family as you remember a life well-lived, a life with purpose.

  18. Bruno & Elaine Gutknecht:
    Jul 30, 2020 at 01:18 AM

    Mary Jane & family

    Our thoughts are with you at this sad time, beautiful memories of Barrett will always keep him near. May the Lord strengthen you in your grief and know that he is now resting peacefully in the presence of the Lord.

  19. Sheryl Kruk:
    Jul 30, 2020 at 09:17 AM

    Mary Jane
    Wishing you peace at this sad time.
    You were Barrett's support, comfort and strength, with love.

  20. Stan and Susan Getz:
    Jul 30, 2020 at 09:57 AM

    Our deepest condolences Mary. May you and the family cherish the memories you made together. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  21. Steve and Lisa Mathison:
    Jul 30, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Our sincere condolences Mary and family. I hope your many cherished memories bring you comfort in the days to come.

  22. Doris Wutzke:
    Jul 30, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Mary Jane & family, my condolences in your loss. Barrett lived life to the fullest & many people were blessed to have him in their lives. God bless you all. Doris Wutzke

  23. Annette Matt:
    Jul 30, 2020 at 03:28 PM

    My condolences, thoughts and prayers Mary Jane, and to your family.Pastor Barrett's memory will be cherished. The Lord of comfort be with you.

  24. Bev and Les Gray:
    Jul 30, 2020 at 04:59 PM

    So many wonderful memories of good times and good food in our small Edmonton community. Barrett playing our piano and leading us all in song really helped to bring the neighbours together.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

  25. Nigel & Anita Scott:
    Jul 30, 2020 at 10:22 PM

    We send our condolences to all of you. We first met Barrett as our pastor but he quickly became a friend (and godfather to Laurel). Benjamin and Joshua became good friends with our children, Wesley and Laurel, and we are all greatly saddened by this loss. Mary Jane, Ben, and Josh -- we wish you peace and love always. With deepest sympathy, Nigel, Anita, Wesley & Laurel

  26. Donna and Sue:
    Jul 31, 2020 at 09:24 AM

    Thinking of you Mary Jane and sending positive thoughts your way. May your memories sustain you at this sad time. Know that we hold you in our hearts.
    Sending love from Donna and Sue

  27. Glen & Donna Alm:
    Jul 31, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Our love and prayers go out to you all today as you come together to say goodbye and to remember with thanksgiving, Barrett's life; the love he shared with his family and friends and the gospel message that he carried into all the world. God Bless

  28. Glenn Scheske:
    Jul 31, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    To Mary and family,

    Debbie and I are thinking of you all at this very difficult time. I'm thankful that, although current circumstances made personal meetings difficult, we were able to have several phone conversations over the past year as you both travelled this difficult road.

    As first cousins of similar age, Barrett and I were childhood playmates going back to early 1950s. After more than 60 years I still have the vivid image of this little 5 year old farm boy, in coveralls, running down the long dirt lane that lead to the farm house. At that time his parents were living on the family homestead about 4 miles from Grahamdale, Manitoba, having taken over the farm a fews earlier from our grandparents. My parents owned a grocery store in Ashern and my mother would always bring chocolate bars or other treats for
    him. He would wait expectantly, watching for our car as we turned off the main road. In later years, when my family moved to southern Manitoba, it was always a special time when our families would meet, once in the summer, at Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park.

    We shall all miss Barrett, his sense of humour and his gregarious personality.

  29. Stan & Erika Bertsch:
    Jul 31, 2020 at 01:42 PM

    Dear Mary Jane and Family,
    Our sincerest sympathies to you and your family on Barrett's passing. Barrett was such a distinguished man, with a pleasing personality. He was fun to be around and we will miss his charm and wit. We will always remember the times he would stop at the store just for a chat and..... It was always fun to have you both take part in our yearly competitions. Great memories will keep him alive in our hearts. We pray that God will give you strength through this sad and difficult time.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
    Stan and Erika

  30. Darrell, Shelly & Megan Kurtz:
    Jul 31, 2020 at 03:18 PM

    Dear Mary Jane and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Pastor Barrett. We have many fond memories of him. His sermons were very inspirational and he was always easy to talk to. Hugs to you Mary Jane.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Shelly, Darrell & Megan Kurtz

  31. admin:
    Jul 31, 2020 at 04:28 PM

    Mary Jane and family;

    It is with a heavy heart that Valerie and I say goodbye to a friend and pastor who served us so well. As our Pastor, Barrett did an excellent job, both in his services and with the regular other parts of a parish.

    I recall very vividly working with him in planning form the Synod Convention. As partners in a major function, it was a delight to be his partner.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!

    Barrett, ride with the wind in heaven!!

    Warm regards.

    Ken and Valerie

  32. Heather Miller:
    Aug 03, 2020 at 02:06 PM

    Mary - I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Barrett. You and the family are in my prayers and thoughts.

  33. Amber Stark:
    Aug 03, 2020 at 04:19 PM

    My most heartfelt condolences to Mary Jane and family.
    He was a kind, genuine man who was always made everyone around him feel welcome and at home. He will be deeply missed.

  34. Shelly Martens:
    Aug 03, 2020 at 09:53 PM

    Mary, thinking of you at this time. Sending big hugs.

  35. Dennis Janewski:
    Sep 14, 2020 at 08:48 AM

    Condolences to all of the family of Pastor Scheske. First met Barrett in Edmonton and he persuaded my wife Cheryl and I to join his congregation.
    Our daughter was born in 1986 and was baptized by him. We then moved to Fairview in northern Alberta in 1988 and came down to Edmonton so Barrett could baptize our son in 1989. When our second son was born in 1992 we drove down to Claresholm so Barrett could baptize him.. We then moved to Medicine Hat in 1996 and a couple years later joined Barrett’s congregation in the Hat. Our daughter was confirmed by Barrett in the year 2000. We then moved to Airdrie Alberta shortly after and when my Father passed in Calgary in 2006, Barrett came up to Calgary to officiate his memorial. When our wife And Mother Cheryl passed away Suddenly in 2014, I received a Beautiful post from Barrett I will always treasure.
    May he Rest In Peace.

    Dennis Janewski
    Airdrie, Alberta

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