Herman, without any theological training, served two churches in the Reesor area, having to walk or ski the 11 km. distance between the churches. To aid him in his travels, he invented a one-runner sleigh with a transverse push-bar. It ran in the ski track and could carry a 45 kg. weight of flour, sugar, etc. His hobbies in the north included woodcarving and oil painting, both depicting the reality of nature. He also wrote poems about life in Reesor, some of which were published in Der Bote. His ardent and artistic nature was often reflected in the spirited, challenging and uplifting delivery of his sermons.
The Lepp family left Reesor in 1943 and eventually settled on a farm in Harrow, Ontario. Herman continued his pastoral duties in the Leamington United Mennonite Church until he became minister of the newly formed Harrow Mennonite Church in January 1953. On 21 August 1953 Elder J. J. Thiessen from Saskatoon ordained Herman as elder. Herman also served the people on Pelee Island and continued to return to Reesor many times.
Bleeding ulcers forced him back into the hospital many times and after being unable to recover from surgery, he died on 25 January 1966, thus ending 39 years of faithful service. Gertrude continued life as a widow for 23 years before she was called home on 21 July 1989. Both Herman and Gertrude are buried in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Leamington.
|Date Published||April 2009|
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Hedy, Dennis. "Lepp, Herman Peter (1903-1966) & Gertrude Unger (1904-1989)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2009. Web. 7 Dec 2013. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Lepp,_Herman_Peter_(1903-1966)_%26_Gertrude_Unger_(1904-1989)&oldid=66332.
Hedy, Dennis. (April 2009). Lepp, Herman Peter (1903-1966) & Gertrude Unger (1904-1989). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 7 December 2013, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Lepp,_Herman_Peter_(1903-1966)_%26_Gertrude_Unger_(1904-1989)&oldid=66332.
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