Donald Abraham Hiebert
Donald Abraham Hiebert was born November 16, 1937, in Dawson Creek BC. Don grew up on his parent’s quarter sections on South Dawson Road. He was the 2nd child of 5 siblings born to Diedrich (Slim) and Blanche Hiebert.
From 1955 to 1965 Don worked for CN along the Alaska Hwy and throughout the north. He started as a groundsman and worked his way up to journeyman lineman & crew foreman. Don was no stranger to hard work and long shifts. While working in Whitehorse in 1961 Don met his love Colleen, a waitress at the Edgewater café. They courted for a few months, Don sometimes traveling 600 miles one way to see her on the weekends. They married April 21, 1962. They started their family in Whitehorse, Brenda born in 1963 and Kathy 2 years later. Don moved his young family to Dawson Creek for a short time in 1966. While there he worked for Atco Electric building the high tension power line towers throughout B.C. After a few years the family moved from Dawson Creek to Grande Prairie and this is when Don started working for AGT, and added Abram, their 3rd addition to the family, in 1972. During Don’s years in Grande Prairie he would pack up the vehicle with his family and head to Dawson Creek to spend the weekends with his parents. When he wasn’t visiting in Dawson, he was hauling his family along with the horses to the local rodeos.
Don had strong family ties that drew him back to Dawson Creek. Don and Colleen started building their home on the Hiebert family homestead in 1979. Don developed a cow/calf hobby farm and worked for Stan Mac until her retired in 2004. Don’s main interest at this time was his land and cows. After retirement he enjoyed camping, fishing, quading and spending time with his family. His dream vacation was to take his wife on an Alaskan cruise which they planned to take this past June, unfortunately his health began to deteriorate quickly which didn’t allow him to travel.
Don passed away on July 9, 2009 with his family by his side in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Don was beloved husband to Colleen Hiebert. Dear father to Brenda (Duwane) Lukey, Kathy (Terry) Irvine, Abram (Leanne) Hiebert. Loving grandfather to Tammy, Colden, and Derek Lukey, Trey and Bowen Irvine, Amanda, Jordan, Jacey and Kale Hiebert. Proud great grandfather to Teanna Lukey-Schwartz, and Brianna McDonald. Brother to Shirley Rodeghiero, Gerald (Nola) Hiebert, Joseph (Gail) Hiebert, and Renald (Hector) Hiebert.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, officiated by Peggy Bergeron, and eulogy by Arlan Dokken. Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Don by way of Donation to either the ‘Cross Cancer Institute’ 11560 University Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1Z2, or the ‘South Peace Palliative Care Society’ Room 1101 816-103 Avenue Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 2G7.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Lesley Edith Christina Wilhelm
Lesley Edith Christina Wilhelm, resident of Dawson Creek, passed away on July 6, 2009, at the age of sixty-six.
She was the first-born child of Leslie and Winifred Tackaberry, born in Brandon, Manitoba, on July 1, 1943. Three years later, Lesley and her family moved to Nanaimo, and she spent most of her childhood in the Vancouver area. After her schooling, she joined the secretarial branch of the Air Force for a few years. Lesley then chose another career path in banking, starting at the Northwest Trust. After years there, she moved to the Bank of Montreal, where she worked diligently for twenty-eight years.
While working at the Northwest Trust, Lesley met Alex Wilhelm, which started their lifelong companionship. Within a year of meeting, Alex decided he would not live without her, and he proposed. On July 10, 1965, Alex and Lesley pledged their love to one another, and they stayed happily married for forty-four years. Two years after marriage, the couple welcomed their first addition to their family. On May 9, 1967, their first son, Don, was born. A year later, on September 20, 1968, the couple welcomed a set of twins to their developing family: son, Barry, and daughter, Barbara.
In June of 1971, Lesley joined the Royal Purple, Dawson Creek Lodge #85. She continued to be a member until October 1977, when she took a leave of absence to raise her young family. She rejoined on April 2003; in total, she was a member for twelve years. Lesley also served as Honored Royal Lady for two years, from June 2006 to May 2008. She was an active member of the Dawson Creek Lodge faithfully attending meetings and out-of-town conferences. Lesley was a tireless worker who was always there when called upon to help with banquets, lunches, and other events.
As well, Lesley was a devoted volunteer who helped cook and serve lunches at the senior hall every Monday. She joined in January 2006 and continued to be a dedicated participant until diagnosed with cancer in March 2009. Lesley found pleasure in helping people, and she became close friends and had many laughs with the other volunteers.
Lesley enjoyed curling with the Dawson Creek Ladies Curling League. Many of those years, she enjoyed playing with Shirley Brown and others such as Bev Jones, Georgette Bourbeau, and the late Herta Fischer. These ladies had enjoyed participating in many bonspiels around the area.
Our Grandmother was a strong persistent woman, who never complained. No matter what cards she was dealt, she kept her chin up and made the best of what she had! Grandma always greeted us with a giant smile and was always optimistic about things. She was a very maternal woman to us, who always went out of her way to make us happy, whether it would be cooking separate meals or helping us with crafts. She was a loving mother, adoring grandmother, and a caring friend; she will be missed!
Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society 1000 - 105th avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2B9.
Lesley was predeceased by father, Leslie Tackaberry (January 1982) ; and mother Winifred Tackaberry (July 2005) .
Lesley was survived by husband, Alex; children, Don, Barry (Sandy), and Barb (Jim) Moi; brother, Brian (Trish) ; sister, Sandy (Bud) ; grandchildren, Chantel, Derek, Matthew, Tyler, and Cole; and many nieces and nephews.
Lesley was cremated and by her request no service was held.
Barbara June Bohn
October 20, 1938 – January 30, 2010
It is with great sadness that we announce that Barbara June Bohn, of Dawson Creek, British Columbia has passed away at the age of 71 years.
Barbara is survived by her loving husband Ray; two children: son Ken (Corinne), of Carvel, Alberta, daughter Cheryl Bohn of Dawson Creek, British Columbia, five grandchildren: Alana, Ashlea, Kenny, VeraRay and Katie, one great grandchild: McKenzie, brother Dennis (Mary) Turner of Alabama, brother-in-laws: Ken (Janet) Bohn and Darrell (Brenda) Bohn and families of Ashland, Oregon, sister-in-law Marlene (Phil) Williamson and family of Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia.
Barbara was predeceased by her parents; father Leroy Turner, mother Frances Dean, and brother, Noel Turner.
Born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, Barbara immigrated to Dawson Creek, British Columbia in 1964, to make this community a home in which to raise a family. Throughout the years on the acreage, she enjoyed and loved her pets and livestock. Barbara’s passion was spinning, knitting and weaving. As a Master Spinner and member of the Dawson Creek Spinners and Weavers Guild, she shared her knowledge and skills through volunteer workshops.
Barbara will be greatly missed.
Forever loved and remembered by family and friends.
A Memorial service was held for Barbara on February 25, 2010, followed by a family inurnment at the Dawson Creek Cemetery Columbarium.
Expressions of sympathy may be made by way of donation to the: ‘Canadian Diabetic Association,’ P.O. Box 2361, Dawson Creek, British Columbia V1G 4T9
Christopher Lee Hull
1974 – 2010
On August 4th, 1974 Christopher Lee Hull was born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Dale and Celeste Hull. Chris was a very happy baby, who was born into a large family, which loved him dearly. Ranging from an auntie who was 7 years old to a Great-grandma who was in the eighties, Chris brought much love, delight and happiness to his family. He was a beautiful little boy with a smile that could melt your heart. When Chris was just about 3 years old he had added to his life a baby sister. Before she was even born he loved her very much.
Chris spent much of his early years with both sides of his family. It was not hard to do because they lived across from one another and then two blocks away. To his younger aunties and uncles Chris was more like a baby brother.
When he was of preschool age he would go with Grandma and Grandpa Hull to their farm in the Rolla, British Columbia area. He spent much of his young life with them on the farm in the seeding and harvest seasons. He loved the time he spent with them.
When Chris’s Grandma and Grandpa De Smet moved south, first to Prince George, British Columbia and then to Kamloops, British Columbia, Chris, Rebecca and their Mom made many trips to see them. One of his highlights of the trips was being able to go with his auntie Gerry to her baseball games. Not only did he watch her, he was used as one of the little bat boys. His love of sports began. Chris knew the statistics of hockey, baseball and football games from long before he was born to the present.
Chris went to Parkhill Elementary, Frank Ross Junior High, and then South Peace Senior Secondary School. He graduated in 1992. He was on the honor roll.
Chris had two nephews and one niece; Matthew, Zachary and Makenna. He loved them very much. His eyes would light up every time he talked about them.
Chris did not adjust well to his parents moving to Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia or the loss of his Grandma Hull and Grandpa De Smet.
On July 19, 2007 Chris suffered a larger loss. He lost the love of his life and their child in childbirth. He kept this knowledge to himself until the second anniversary of their death. He never got over the loss. When he finally was able to talk about it he said, “Mom, I will never be able to give my heart to anyone else.” He never did.
Although Chris no longer was active in his religion of choice (Jehovah’s Witness) he maintained his beliefs. He believed the day would come when Hailey and their baby daughter would be re-selected.
It gives us great comfort knowing one day they will be together again in paradise on earth. Ps 37:29 “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, And they will reside forever upon it.”
Chris died suddenly of cardiac arrest, January 23, 2010.
Chris was predeceased by Hailee, his infant daughter, Great – grandma Hawthorn, Grandpa De Smet, Grandma and Grandpa Hull, Great Aunts and Uncles.
We will miss him dearly.
A Memorial service was held on Saturday, January 30, 2010 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Chris by way of donation to “Doctors Without Borders” for Haiti, 402 – 720 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2T9 www.msf.ca/donate/
Trevor William Sanders
November 4, 1949 – January 9, 2010
Trevor was the second child born to Kenneth and Lila Sanders. Trev was also welcomed by his big sister, Trudy. Trev’s constant love and teasing of his sister resulted in a funny story. Trudy was afraid of snakes so Trev brought one into the house and was teasing Trudy. As she screamed frantically he threw it at her. The snake went under the fridge, Trudy took scissors to get the snake and cut it in half. Trev was laughing and Trudy was throwing her arms up frantically and hit Trev in the eye, giving him a black eye. Trev loved his sister!
Trev was lucky to have been loved by two women. Trev met and fell in love with Bev in high school. They were married and had two great children, Michelle and Graeme. As life progressed Trev and Bev’s paths changed!
Fairn was lucky enough to have met Trev at Graeme and Stephen’s school. Trev and Fairn were married in 1985. Upon their nuptials they united two families. They had six children, Damean, Michelle, Joshaua, Darlana, Graeme and Stephen.
A few years later, Tiffany was added to the family. We used to say that we have a “your’s, mine and ours” household. For fun away from work Trev loved to go camping. Trudy tells a story…..Trev hoarded wood like it was gold; never knew when you could use it for a wiener roast in the backyard. His fellow co-workers at McLevins had a truck load of split wood delivered to him one Christmas – Trev thought he’d won the lottery. Bob and I still laugh at Trev’s “wood naming.” In Trev’s campsite, stacked neatly was approximately 100 pieces of wood all with names on them. Trev would say to me – “Bring me Rungo and Paul. Pluto is too big so we will use him later.”
Trev retired in June of 2009 so that he and Fairn could go spent time with the kids, travel around in the motor home, and just get to know each other again without kids. Trev’s last hoorah was a trip to Barkerville with his brother-in-law, Bob. The trip was originally planned to be a motorcycle ride but because of Trev’s failing health Bob and Trev loaded up the van and away they went. Bob had known Trev since Trev was 9. They shared a terrific friendship. Trev’s passing has left a major void in Bob’s heart.
For years, Trev lived and breathed for his business ‘McLevin Bros.’ Trev often said that he owed Dawson Creek for his life. He loved it here. He had the utmost love and respect for Blair Simcoe. He always said “Blair gave me everything I have!”
Trev is survived by his wife of 24 years, Fairn. He is survived by his children, Damean, Michelle (Sean), Joshaua (Rachel), Darlana, Stephen (Jesse), Graeme and last but not least Tiffany (Daddy’s little girl), his grandchildren Madison, Aurora, Paige, Aspen, Kaymia, Lissette, Miranda, Keaton, Brooklyn (who Grandpa shared his peanut butter toast with), Zackary, and Owen. Trev is survived by his sister Trudy (Bob), his nieces and nephews, Tracy (Tracy), Tammy, Devon, Natalie and Luke. He is also survived by Tinkerbell.
Trev was proud of his staff: Joanne, Allen, Bob, Lynn, and Jodi-Anne.
Trev we will love you and miss you forever.
You were always so big to me. I could ride on your shoulders and touch the highest branch. I love you, dad for being big enough to let me see above the crowds. But I love you even more for letting me see you! I love you! Tiffany
We will see you in Heaven.
Trev was cremated and a Memorial tea was held on January 14, 2010 at Bergeron Funeral Services, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Helen Marie Friesen
1922 - 2010
Mrs. Helen Friesen, beloved wife of the late Peter Friesen, passed away on January 14, 2010 at the age of 87. She is survived by her eight loving children: Edward (Beth), Adina (Dennis) Meier, Anna (Laurence, deceased) Evens, Loretta (Doug) Moller, Sherry (Joel) Schoenberger, Wendy Friesen (Nick Antifaeff), Rodney, Peter (Helene). Helen will also be lovingly remembered by her 21 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, and her large extended family.
Helen was born outside of Roblin, Manitoba, on June 25, 1922. She spent her childhood in Manitoba where she met her husband, Peter. In 1961, Helen and Peter moved to Dawson Creek with their eight children. Helen spent many years devoted to her husband, caring for her family, cultivating her garden, providing a safe home and contributing to her church community. After Peter’s death in 1997, Helen moved into the Peace River Haven.
A memorial service was held for Helen Friesen on January 19, 2010 at the Church of the New Jerusalem, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
George Kenneth Bull, known as Ken Bull
(1956 – 2010)
George Kenneth Bull – “Kenny arrived April 13, 1956. He was third of four children to George & Jean Bull.
Kenny was admitted to hospital Dec 31 with ‘end stage liver failure’. He passed away Jan 4, 2010 from complications of the disease.
Judy remembers that Kenny and chickens didn’t mix. Kids being kids they would somehow trick him into taking a shortcut through the barnyard and then leave him stranded as the chickens chased him. This provided great entertainment for some. Once the turkeys kept him hostage in the chop bin for quite some time until someone noticed him missing and then rescued him. Although amusing to his siblings - Kenny was not impressed.
School was not for Kenny and he escaped before graduation. He soon found he enjoyed running large equipment and he worked quite a number of jobs where he operated grader, loader, and truck.
The majority of his adult life Kenny lived in Mackenzie working and playing. He lived in the town during the winter months but in the summer he took up residence in a more than rustic dwelling in a gravel pit and became known as the “Pit Bull”.
He made many friends in that community.
With the logging shutdown in Mackenzie Kenny returned to Dawson Creek. Work was sporadic but he always “managed”.
In his younger days Kenny was very involved in sports. Baseball comes to mind.
His claim to fame was his ability to steal second. He was known as “Wheels”. When Kenny was on first, the opposing pitcher knew that he would be going and the chances of putting him out were slim.
Kenny and Phillip golfed when it rained. You see, you couldn’t farm when it was raining and so there you’d find them - wet but happy.
He loved to hunt and was an amazing fisherman. He could catch fish even when others around him were skunked. This really ticked some folks off!
Barb and Lyle remember that Kenny introduced and taught their family to ski.
And much the time they loaded up their small car with equipment, food, 2 kids, and Kenny or Uncle Bo Hunk as Tarla & Dustin called him, and off to the slopes for the weekend they would go. It was a great time!
He loved to tease the kids until the parents couldn’t take it anymore. When Kenny came to visit you didn’t know who was louder – the kids or Kenny.
Most importantly, he touched the lives of many. His friends are numerous. He was generous to a fault. His heart was big. And although, his life was cut short, his impact was big.
A memorial tea was held on January 9, 2010 at the McLeod Hall, in Groundbirch, British Columbia. Ken was cremated and his urn will be interred in the spring a the Willow Valley Cemetery.
Memorial arranged under the care of Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Dawson Creek, BC 250 782-2577S