Ahead of Remembrance Day tomorrow, it has been a very tough week for the Kindersley Legion Branch 57.
They lost their self-described 'face' of the group Ernie Krepps, sharing the news with Canada, Saskatchewan and West Central Saskatchewan specifically just before 8:00 am Thursday through their Facebook page.
Many learned of the news throughout the week, as the outstanding legion member and war veteran was a very proud member of Branch 57.
"His membership took him through all the positions of the Branch, and he served as a Deputy Zone Commander also," stated the group online, "He worked tirelessly for us, and he was at the branch nearly every day, if not every day, to make sure things were still perking."
In the title picture you see him passing out flags to kids at the last Goose Festival Parade, an annual event that Krepps loved.
The next day after the parade, Branch 57 held their re-dedication of the Field of Honour at Kindersley Cemetery, and in accurate fashion the first person there was of course Ernie.
"My friend I will miss you dearly," wrote the author, "the Town of Kindersley will miss you dearly. Your buddies, your family misses you, but I know Branch 57 will miss you the most. This Remembrance Day will truly be a different day without you there. Take Care Ernie!"
West Central Online reached out to executive with the Kindersley Legion Scott Holloway, and he had the following statement on their most important member's passing.
"His loss leaves a hole that we're scrambling to fill. He served his country for many years. As a Legion and a community, we mourn the sudden loss of Ernie Krepps. He served his country in our Armed Forces, and upon his retirement he served our Legion and our community for many, many years."
When reflecting back on the certain role that Mr. Krepps filled with the local Legion branch Holloway searched for the right words, "there's just so much that he did." Holloway continues, "It would be hard to have someone to step into his place, and he's always had such a big part in the Remembrance Day program. He laid the wreath for the Government of Canada, and then helped others with their wreaths. We can only hope that tomorrow's service pays tribute to him, and continues to honour veterans and all who served in the past."