On October 7, the community of Niverville lost one of their most active business leaders as a result of a tragic farming accident.
Seventy-seven year old Jake Redekop died as a result of being pinned in the cab of his tractor after it broke an axle and throwing him into the steering wheel. He managed to call a family member for help and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. He died a short time later and the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma, say St. Pierre RCMP.
Redekop was well known in the community of Niverville. In 1967 he was elected to the Niverville Credit Union board of directors where he sat as President for a number of years.
Niverville Credit Union general manager George Sawatsky says that Redekop will be greatly missed by the community.
“He gave many great years of service,” Sawatsky said. “He will be greatly missed.”
Redekop was named Cooperator of the Year a few years ago, and served as a director of the Red River Coop, the Niverville Health Foundation, Corporation of Providence College, Seniors Housing, Farm Debt Review Board, and sat as a member of the local Pool elevator.
He leaves behind Marge, his wife for fifty-one years along with an adult son and daughter.