Ernest Kozun, son of Anthony and Anna Kozun, was born on May 10, 1931, in Ituna, Saskatchewan, the 5th of 12 children. He moved to Nipawin with his parents when he was 3 years old where they settled on a homestead east of Nipawin which is still the family farm. He attended Luing Country School, was involved in the church youth group CYMK, and played ball with the Franko Hall men's ball team. After he finished school he farmed with his Dad and brother. On May 2, 1953, Ernie married Olga Rudy and they started their 64-year farming partnership with 4 cows, 1 heifer, and one-quarter of land, eventually buying the home quarter. They worked together at mixed farming and were blessed with 6 children. Together they also curled and hosted many family gatherings.
Ernie was Past President and an active member of the Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Codette) and brought up his children in the Orthodox faith. His passion was farming, but he also enjoyed attending dances and Ukrainian festivals and was always up for a game of Kaizer. His love of curling started in Moose Range in the early 1960s and led to participation at several local bonspiels and attendance at national curling events as a spectator. He loved watching his children and grandchildren dance and play sports as well as spending time with them at the farm and the lake.
Ernie's love of farming kept him actively involved on the farm until June 1st of this year. Ernie passed away peacefully on August 4, 2017, at the Nipawin Union Hospital with family by his side.
Ernie leaves to treasure his memory his beloved wife of 64 years, Olga as well as his children: Eugene (Lynn) of Regina, Zenon (Colleen) of Edmonton, Larry (Joan) of Swift Current, Vernon (Colleen) of Nipawin, Irene (Tim Hrynkiw) of Moose Jaw, and Barry (Tamara) of Carrot River. 14 Grandchildren: Christopher and Jessica (Chad); Dane (Angela) and Aimee (Matt); Chad (Melissa) and Chelsey (Wyatt); Tad, Taran, and Austyn; Mitchell and Amber; Brittany, Taylor, and Chase as well as 9 Great Grandchildren.
Also, surviving are sisters Olga Pihowich, Iris (Charles) Corrin, Audrey, Natalka and brothers Sylvester (Vera), John (Corliss), and Matt (Bev), sister-in-law Carol Kozun plus numerous other relatives and friends.