King -- Russell 1935 - 2004
Russell was born in Drumheller to Archie and Mary Belle King August 15th, 1935. He died suddenly on his farm, June 18th, 2004. He is survived by his wife Shirley, three children, Allan King of Drumheller, Sandra Rowell of High Level, and Brian King of Rocky Mountain House. He has four grandchildren, Trenton Rowell, Melissa Rowell, Venessa Rowell and Bryce Rowell. He was predeceased by his father in 1951, His mother Mary King in 1982, an infant daughter Elizabeth in 1960 and his sister Marie Stanger in 1997. He was raised in the Michichi area and attended the Mount Carmel school. He went to high school in Drumheller while living in the Drumheller Dormitory After the death of his father his mother, moved to Drumheller. After graduation he worked in the unemployment office there and then went farming for his brother-in-law, Ron Stanger. He then bought a dairy herd from Ernie Cousins and started farming on his own. He married Shirley Burroughs in 1958 and they made their home and started raising their family on the old farmstead. They moved to the river land east of Rosedale in 1963. They then moved north west of Caroline in 1975 and Russell again milked cows until the herd was replaced by a beef herd. Russell lived there until his death.
Russell was elected to the council of the Local Improvement District #10 in 1980, He served on many committees and chaired many boards. He worked hard to achieve the amalgamation of the I.D. to a Municipality., and then later to a County. He was on the Red Deer Health Unit and the Caroline Recreation Board as well. Some of the boards he chaired were West View Lodge, the Development Appeal board, The Fire Department and Ambulance boards, the Assessment Appeal Board and CAB (the Caroline Advisory Board). He also served a term as Reeve. He retired from council in 2001 after 21 years of service. He then became a member of the David Thompson Regional Health Authority, where he worked on several committees. He was a member of two Provincial Justice committees that assesses candidates for Judges. He also found time to become a member and Chairman of the Caroline Volunteer Ambulance Board. Russell was well known for his common sense decisions and bringing a different approach to the table on all the boards that he served.
Russell was a friend and helper to all and will be sadly missed.
Moar -- Clinton James Garson 1958 - 2004
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Clint Moar on June 19, 2004 at the age of 45 years. Clint was born on December 13, 1958 to Marcus and Alice Moar in Drumheller, Alberta. He was the eldest of three children. Clint took all his schooling in the Drumheller Valley. Upon completion of high school, Clint took three years of Mechanics in Calgary. This proved to be very handy as Clint loved to tinker with cars, trucks, and farm machinery. He spent some time hunting and fishing. Clint along with his brother John farmed the family land, he
enjoyed the outdoors, and he had a love of animals. Spending time with his family was Clint¹s greatest joy, especially his children. He also enjoyed his retreat to the river where he spent his quiet hour. In the last three years Clint put forth a lot of effort and time to put on the famous "Mud Bog" at his farm which he had a lot of fun doing.
Clint was predeceased by his father Marcus James Moar on December 25, 1996. Clint leaves to cherish his memory his children; son Chad (Kim), daughter Molly, his mom Alice, brother John (Wanda), sister Maureen (Mel), chosen daughters Katie, Megan, Tara, his niece Teanna and his nephew Grayson, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a lifetime of friends. The family invites everyone to come and share their own memories of Clint over light refreshments at the Orkney Community Hall on Thursday June 24, 2004 at 3:00 P.M. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Orkney Community Hall c/o Faye McGhee. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel are in care of the arrangements.
Farmer -- Thomas Eli
Tom Farmer, beloved companion of Della Westerboi, passed away suddenly on June 13 at the age of 53. He will be lovingly remembered by his companion of 13 years, Della, and her son J.J.; his mother Alice Farmer; his brothers Alan (Mary-Anne) and family of Brooks, Brian and family of Abbottsford, Kevin (Linda) and family of Drumheller, and Darrin (Betty) and family of Drumheller; his sisters Maureen (Larry Needham) and family of Airdrie, Colleen (Doug Finkbiner) and family of Drumheller, and Brenda (Don Yavis) and family of Drumheller; his numerous nieces and nephews, and friends. Tom was predeceased by his father, Douglas. Tom was born and raised in Drumheller and was a carpenter with Greene Construction. He loved the outdoors, reading and spending time with his family. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2004 at the Church of the Nazarene with Harold Hunter officiating. Donations in Tom's memory may be made to the Heart andStroke Foundation of Alberta (1825 Park Road S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 3Y6). Arrangements entrusted to Courtney-Winter¹s Funeral Chapel, 403-823-2666.
HARRISON -- Jean Vera (nee Sharp) 1926 - 2006
Jean Harrison passed away after a lengthy battle with emphysema August 10, 2006 at the Drumheller Hospital at the age of 79. Beloved mother, sister, sister-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. Jean leaves to mourn her husband Bob; sons Terry (Lorna), Keith (Lorraine); grandchildren Rob, Teena and Paul; great-grandchildren Curtis, Wayne, Celia, Desiree, Janelle and Christian; brother-in-law Don; dear friends Nancy and Edna; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. At Jean’s request no service will be held. If friends and family so desire, donations can be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association.
MOENCH -- Betsy Locke (Mossop) 1920 - 2006
Betsy Locke Moench (Mossop) passed away peacefully with her family by her side in the Hanna Hospital on Monday August 21, 2006 (her 86th Birthday). Betty a twin, was born to James & Janet Mossop, August 21, 1920 in Calgary Alberta. She spent all her early life in the Handhills. On March 28, 1941 she married the love of her life, Albert Moench. From this marriage they had five children. Betty loved to garden, sew, knit, crochet and teach her children to cook all the old Moench dishes. She also milked a lot of cows (even in the nursing home). Betty was Albert’s right hand man all through their lives together. Betty was a very active member of the Handhills Community. Card parties, turkey suppers, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and church kept her active in the Handhills until she moved to Hanna in the 1990’s.
Betty will be remembered by her children -- Don (Karen) of Millarville, Doug (Dee) of Hanna, Son-in-law Zane Veno of Calgary, Stan (Marge) of Handhills, Greg (Annette) of Handhillds; Twelve grandchildren -- Sean, Aaron, Brad, Terri-Lee, Ryan, Duanne, Cam, Stuart, Rod, Clark, Kelly and Brady; Eighteen great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Betty was predeceased by her husband Albert in 1997; daughter Doreen in 2001; parents James and Janet; twin brother Bill and her sister Mary.
Funeral services for the late Betsy Locke Moench (Mossop) were held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, August 25, 2006 at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Hanna, Alberta with Pastor Gary Buckley officiating. Interment was held in the morning at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Handhills, Alberta. If friends so desire, donations can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, The Palliser Nursing Home or to a Charity of the Donor’s Choice in care of Coronation Funeral Home, Box 35, Coronation, Alberta, T0C 1C0. Cathy Watts of Coronation Funeral Home entrusted with the funeral arrangements. For further information please call Coronation Funeral Home 1-888-578-2928. “Knowledge, Experience And Professionalism With A Personal Touch”
MOLYNEUX -- Alfred “Allie” Gordon 1931 - 2006
Alfred “Allie” Gordon Molyneux was born September 28, 1931 at the family home in Nacmine, and passed away August 29, 2006 at the Drumheller Hospital due to heart complications. Allie would have celebrated his 75th birthday on September 28. Allie lived in Nacmine all his life, working in the Red Deer Valley Mine until it closed in the early 1950’s, and then worked in the Alexander and Whitehouse hotels as a bartender. He then worked for the provincial government in Drumheller as a building superintendent until his retirement in 1990. Allie’s lifelong passion was baseball at all levels, and was a well-known pitcher throughout Alberta, throwing a perfect game in 1957. He was especially proud of his career with the Rosedale Midways, who won the provincial title eight years running. Watching the Toronto Blue Jays on T.V. he often said, “I should warm up my arm and go down and give them a hand.” He was very proud of his flower and vegetable garden and his lawn and home were his pride and joy. The famous Molyneux Christmas light display was an annual treat which drew onlookers every year past the family home in Nacmine. Allie suffered heart problems in the early 1990’s and subsequently became very involved with fundraising efforts for the Drumheller Heart to Heart Society. Funds raised stayed locally to benefit the Cardiac Rehab Unit.
He is survived by his wife Frances of 55 years; children Rick (Dale), Terry (Dale), Jackie, Allie (Pinky), Debbie, Gordon (Sherry), Kim (Randy), Jo-Anne (Frank); 17 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Allie is also survived by two brothers, Jack (Ruth) and Joe (Rosemary). He was predeceased by his parents Mary and Jack, an infant brother, sister Ethel, and daughter Sandra in 1980, and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Brandon. A funeral service will be held at the Knox United Church on Friday, September 1, 2006 at 2:00 PM. with Rev. Harold Hunter officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart to Heart Society of Drumheller. Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
SCHOWALTER -- Walter 1916 - 2006
Walter Henry Schowalter of Willow Creek Lodge in Stettler, Alberta, passed away peacefully on 18th August 2006 in the Stettler Auxiliary Hospital at the age of 90 years. Walter was born on the 21st of February 1916 to Christense and Edward Schowalter on the family farm near Rosenheim, Alberta, south east of Provost. He was raised on the farm and attended Rosenheim and Maypole Schools. He completed his education at Vermilion and Olds Agricultural Colleges.Walter married Eva Carter, who was to be his wife for nearly 59 years, in 1944. They farmed near Rumsey, Alberta, and raised 4 children there. In 1969, he accepted a position as a technician at the Alberta Horticultural Research Station at Brooks. In 1981, he retired and Eva and he moved to Big Valley where they resided until moving to Stettler in 2000.
Walter was always actively engaged with the world and, to an unusual degree, pursued the interests of his youth through his entire life. He was an early and frequent contributor to the Young Co-operators’ page in the Western Producer and he continued writing for local and family histories until the last few years. Walter’s great hobby and pursuit was horticulture, an activity that engaged him to the end of his life. While at Willow Creek Lodge, he maintained a large rose garden that was enjoyed by other residents and visitors alike. During his life, he exchanged newly bred plant varieties and correspondence with leading plant breeders on the Canadian Prairies and kept virtually all of his records and correspondence. Those records are proving valuable to those investigating the development of horticulture in Western Canada and the lives and activities of the most prominent plant breeders here.
Walter had a strong commitment to the communities he lived in. He was a long-time member of Board of Directors of Red Deer River Garden Club, Scout leader, church pianist, and was active in drama productions and choirs. He was very musical – being an able pianist and accordion player. In his last years, he learned to play the xylophone and entertained his grandchildren and others by playing the mouth organ. Walter was also artistic. He was a capable painter who not only painted pictures but also prepared drama props and did technical drawings of plants. However, he was best known for his cartoons which were often wry commentaries on co-workers and activities in his workplace. Walter had a great interest in natural history and had detailed knowledge of plants and animals of the regions he lived in. His collection of native artifacts is now housed in the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton and many of his fossils are in the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller. He also had a strong interest in family history. His book on genealogy and family history of his grandfather’s descendents is valued and enjoyed by his many relatives.
Some of the accomplishments and awards Walter was most proud of were his Governor General’s Medal for Academic Achievement, those occasions when he won the prize for the most points at the Red Deer River Garden Club Show, the recognitions for life-long contribution by both the Western Canadian Society for Horticulture and the Alberta Horticultural Association, and recent naming of the Walter Schowalter rose after him. The rose can be seen at the Devonian Gardens near Devon, Alberta.
Walter was predeceased by his much loved wife Eva, brother Gilbert and sister Ruth Wilhart. He was also predeceased by son-in-law Mike Davis, brothers-in-law Hank Wilhart, Reg Newton, Allan Auburn, Jim Carter, and Leo Carter and sister-in-law Rose Carter. He is survived by his children Ed (Inge) Schowalter, Mary Davis, Tim (Laraine Hess) Schowalter, and Margit (Grant Willis) Schowalter; his grandchildren Bill (Barbara) Avramenko, Peep (Ken) Bengert, Angie (Richard Dyck) Proulx, and Quinten (Leah-anne) Schowalter; as well as 11 great grand children and 3 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Clifford (Ardell) Schowalter and Howard (Audrey) Schowalter and sister Elsie Newton as well as in-laws Ruth and Rudy Hanke, Bill Carter, Alice Carter, and Irene and Bob Graham and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Family Interment took place at the Big Valley Cemetery at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, August 22, 2006 with the Funeral Service following in the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor Karl Faltin of St. Peter Lutheran Church officiating. Al Gerdung gave the tribute. Soloist Bruce Johnston sang “Beyond The Sunset” and was accompanied by Doug McKay who also played for the congregational hymn “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” and the recessional music “The Entertainer”. Family and friends gathered in the Heartland Fellowship hall following the service for a time of sharing and for light refreshments provided by Bill’s Catering.
If friends so wish, donations in Walter’s memory may be made to the Alberta Horticultural Association, 4410 50A St., Red Deer, AB, T4N 1Z2 or c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0, who were entrusted with the care and arrangements. Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com. Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium entrusted with the care and arrangements. For further information please call 742-3422.
Tanner -- Violet
Mrs. Violet Tanner, longtime resident of the Drumheller Valley passed away in Drumheller on June 15, 2004 a the age of 87 years. She leaves to cherish her memory, daughters Sherry (Ron) of Innisfail, Colleen (Jack) of Innisfail, grandchildren; Tracy, Kevin, Adam, Laura, nieces and nephews, and one sister Beth of Squamish, BC. She was predeceased by her infant son Patrick. A wake will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2004 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at Violet¹s residence, 932 Newcastle Trail, Drumheller, Alberta. Donations in Violet¹s memory may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Alberta (124, 430 - 6th Avenue South, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2S8).
Thom -- Lila Virginia
The family and friends of Lila Virginia Thom are saddened to announce her passing on Monday, June 14, 2004 at the Drumheller Health Care Centre. She leaves to mourn her loving mother, Marie Lingnau; her sons Gerry and Dan; her granddaughter Leah Thom of Richmond, B.C.; and so many special friends. A funeral service will be held at the Church of the Nazarene in Drumheller on Saturday, June 19, 2004 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Wayne McCrackin officiating. A luncheon will be held following the service at the Drumheller Inn Banquet Room. Cremation to follow. If desired, donations may be made to any cancer centre of one's choice in Lila¹s memory. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel is in care of arrangements.
Yost -- Fred 1918 - 2004
Mr. Fred Yost passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at the age of 85 years. Fred was born in Cabri, Saskatchewan on June 30, 1918. He grew up on the family farm and attended school in the area. As a young man, he left to work in the hard rock mines of Ontario and later as a coal miner in the Drumheller area. This provided Fred with the opportunity to farm in Rumsey, and later in the Drumheller area. Fred and Helen retired to Red Deer. Fred is survived by his wife Helen; daughter Barbara (James) Lynch; grandchildren Tracey Lynch, Corey Lynch, Mellissa Yost, Kathy Yost, Angie Yost, Jack (Dawn) Yost and their daughter Rebecka, and Glenna Yost (Tim Jones) and their daughter Catalena. Fred was predeceased by his son, Robert, in the summer of 2002; two brothers Abe and Frank, and two sisters Regina and Harriett. A private family memorial tea will be held at Parkland Funeral Home, Red Deer. Sympathies can be forwarded to the family at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. In living memory of Fred Yost, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park. Arrangements in care of PARKLAND FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORIUM, 6287 - 67A Street, Red Deer, AB T4P 3V9. Phone 1-800-481-7421.
Dahl -- Ruth Inger (nee Jensen) June 30, 1935 - April 30, 2004
Ruth Dahl passed away at the Drumheller Health Centre on April 30, 2004. Ruth, daughter of Sejer and Valborg Jensen, was born in Wayne, Alberta and grew up in the Dalum area with her sister Rita and brother Leo. When Ruth finished high school, she moved to Calgary and worked in the Toronto Dominion Bank. Ruth married Svend Dahl in 1956 and they moved to the farm of Svend¹s grandparents. They spent the first winter in Calgary where Ruth worked at the Motor Car Supply while Svend worked for a bricklayer. The next spring, they returned to their Dalum home where they raised two daughters, Susan and Becky. Svend and Ruth farmed for 38 years. After that time, they rented their farmland and continued to live on the farmstead. Ruth had many hobbies throughout the years. She enjoyed gardening and was skilled at sewing and baking. Ruth made and decorated numerous cakes for friends and family. She was a caring person who supported the community through her volunteer work and helped out wherever she could. Ruth will be sadly missed by her family. Ruth is survived by her husband Svend; daughters Susan Adam and Becky Dahl; granddaughters Nadine and Melanie Adam; sister Rita and her husband Ernie Lund; brother Leo and his wife Eleanor Jensen and many nieces and nephews. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Drumheller Health Centre or to the Tom Baker Cancer Clinic. A Funeral Service will be held at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Dalum on May 6, 2004 at 2:00 with interment in the Dalum Cemetery. Courtney-Winter's Funeral Chapel are in care of arrangements.