Ronald Donald Campbell
1945 - 2007
Ronald Donald Campbell, resident of Montney British Columbia, former resident of Melville, Saskatchewan, passed away on Thursday February 8th 2007 at 61 years of age in Fort St. John, British Columbia. He was born on May 5th 1945 in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, as the fourth child to parents John and Edna Campbell. Ron loved fishing and hunting with his son Shane, and brother Robert. He shared his knowledge and also his catch with many.
Ron graduated high school in Salmon Arm, BC and later went on to work at Alcan Smelter in Kitimat. He was a heavy equipment operator at Eurocan in Kitimat and later as a truck driver at Roy Saunders Hauling.
In 1986 Ron moved to Melville, Saskatchewan and was partner in King George Hotel until he retired in 2003 due to poor health.
Ron will be fondly remembered by his wife Marvel, children Marnie Faherty and Shane Campbell, grandchildren Amanda and Arielle Faherty,
Sisters Marjorie (Darwin) Churchill and Doreen (Larry) Churchill.
Ron was predeceased by his parents John and Edna Campbell, and Brother Robert Campbell.
At Ron’s request no service was held. Donations may be made by way of donation to ‘The Darren Almond Memorial Travel Fund” or “The Kidney Foundation”.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bergeron Funeral Service & Crematorium Ltd. Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Kurt Adolf Popp
1926 - 2007
Kurt Adolf Popp, resident of Bessborough, passed away on Friday February 2nd, 2007 at 80 years of age in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. He was born on August 4th, 1926 in
Hamburg, Germany. Kurt will be fondly remembered by his wife Violet.
At Kurt’s request no service was held.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bergeron Funeral Service & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Iris Kay Hutton
1934 - 2007
Iris Kay Hutton was born February 27, 1934, in Steamboat Springs, Colorado to Frank & Lois Trull, only daughter and youngest of three. Kay was raised and attended school in Steamboat Springs, raising Purebred Herford cattle with her Mom and Brothers: Donald and Myron. The family often showed their cattle at the Denver Stock Show. Her brothers often used her as a test pilot – if they couldn’t ride a colt, they would put her on it.
Kay loved to dance - her and her mother would ride horse back to dances. That was where Kay met Don in 1950.
In March 1952 Don and Kay ran away with Kays Mom to get married in Denver, Colorado. Kay was in grade 12 at the time and missed a few days of school. When she got back, she had to write an absentee form explaining her absence. All she wrote was “Got Married” She still went on to graduate that year.
They lived in Steamboat Springs, where Kay worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Ray Snyder. Marti was born June 5, 1957 in Hayden Colorado.
The family moved to Denver, Colorado in 1959 where again she worked for Dr. Snyder. It was during this time that Kay would often get upset with Don, when he would bring Marti into the dentist office after she had been helping Dad grease the trucks. Marti would run up to hug moms legs with greasy hands and arms on Kays starched white uniform & socks.
It was in 1961, after hearing about the good land available in Canada, that Don & Kay purchased a quarter at Southbank near Burns Lake, BC.
Dan was born April 14, 1966 in Denver. At this time Kay stayed home to be a full time Mom, until immigrating to Canada.
In the summer of 1966, Don was transferred to Los Angeles with Denver/Chicago Trucking. On May 23, 1967 they crossed the border, into Canada, moving to Burns Lake. Kay worked as the Assistant Adminstrator for the Village of Burns Lake for 9 years.
Don had a sawmill and was building a log house on the Ranch. They moved into the unfinished house in 1970. The joke was that when the permanent roof was to be put on the house – Kay would be cooking with an umbrella. Well Kay was standing at the cook stove wearing a bright yellow hard hat. Rain was dripping through onto her hard hat, and as she bent forward water would drip into the frying pan onto the eggs.
While in Burns Lake, Marti and Kay went for a short ski-doo ride after putting Dan to bed. After stopping, the starter rope broke, and they had to walk 2 miles home in not much moon light, in waist deep snow.
In 1976 Don & Kay moved to North Rolla; cows – horses – dogs & kids. Kay & Dan fenced often and after a tempers got short, Kay threw her hat on the ground, kicked it and said “Danny you’re a damned stubborn Hutton” They looked at each other, laughed, then sat down had a cigarette and got back to work.
Kay had a great surprise when Dan was in the Navy. He came home unannounced and surprised her, to the point that she lost her false teeth. She was in heaven for a week.
Kay was Secretary-Treasurer for Sunset Community Pasture for many years. In 1986 Don & Kay moved to the Alderdale Road Ranch.
Jean mentioned Kay would often call and say “Guess What – I’ve got a surprise for your, and as Kay was a care giver for many animals; a baby fawn “Tiny Girl”; donkey colt “Jasper”; Canadian Geese “Grace & Gooie” the surprise was usually in the barn. Kay also had many kids that adopted her as a second Mom, and they have come and gone throughout her life.
Kay spent the odd night sitting on top of a bale feeder during calving season, seeking refuge from an upset cow – in her night gown & insulated coveralls.
We spent many a weekend in the spring Branding and having a good time.
Don & Kay moved to town in 2004 and retired. Kay was a true ranchers wife and partner. She walked not in front of Don or behind him, but beside him in everything they did.
God Bless you Kay. Rest in Peace. Till we meet again.
Kay is survived by her loving husband Don; Children: Marti (Rendal) Bishop; Dan (Karen) Hutton. Grandchildren: Dustie Fernie (Randy Coombes), Michael Bishop, Katrina Bishop, Lindsay Bishop, Colby Bishop. Bow (Anna) Stewart, Chad (Trish) Stewart, Chad (Jami) Stewart. Great Grandchildren: Landon Coombes, Brittany Bews, Steven, Kevin & Cherish Stewart, Sydnee & Paris Stewart.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Kay by way of donation to the Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation or the Doe River Recreation Medical Fund.
Kay was cremated and a memorial service was held Friday February 2nd at the Rolla Baptist Church at 2:00pm. Officiated by Pastor Gary Henderson. Eulogy was held by Lynn Hendrickson.
Memorial Arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
In Loving Memory of John (Johnny) Gass
John was born in Fox Valley, Saskatchewan on December 27, 1929 and was the 5th child of Jacob and Anna Marie Gass. He was a sports enthusiast playing hockey, baseball, curling and golf and was usually one of the star players of many games. Johnny had 3 children from his first marriage and in 1963 met a widow, Roselda Bulmer, who had 2 young sons. They raised their five children together and it didn’t take long for the children to think of each other as true blood siblings. John worked 36 dedicated years for the MOT at the Fort St. John Airport and was honored with a letter from the Prime Minister of the day. After retirement John and Rose spent hours camping, fishing and traveling to Alaska and south to visit relatives.
Sadly, John passed away January 17th 2007 at the age of 77. He leaves behind his loving wife, Roselda and five children; Gordon Gass, Sharon (Kent) Theobald,
Lorraine (David) Babkirk, Anthony (Carolynn) Bulmer and Barry (Tammy) Bulmer,
10 grandchildren; Anne, Lisa, Alex, Bryan, Shaylynn, Kylie, Josh, Amber, Jenna and Brandon, and one great-grandchild Janaya, four sisters; Rose Robertson, Katie Fair, Margaret Slade, Dorothy (Jim) Pollock and numerous nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank family and friends for the support we received during this difficult time. Thank you for the delicious food and beautiful flowers. Thank you for the generous donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundations in memory of husband and father, John Gass.~ The Gass & Bulmer families
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 1:00pm at the Woodlawn cemetery with Pastor Don Holloway officiating. Following the inurnment, a memorial tea was held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Fort St. John, British Columbia, officiated by John’s son Reverend Anthony Bulmer.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of John by way of a donation to the“ BC. Heart and Stroke Foundation ” Box 714,
Dawson Creek, British Columbia V6H 3V2.
1931 - 2006
I was honored when asked to do Aunt Mary’s eulogy today. She is someone I have always looked up to and enjoyed spending time with. Mary was born in Edmonton in 1931 to Elsie and Thomas Smart. She was homestead near Peace River town in a log house without running water or power. She walked 5km through bush from home to Weberville School each day. Her son Keith said he had learned from her ‘there is nothing you don’t do and no adversity that cannot be overcome’. Mary’s early years helped from this independent strength she had.
When Mary was about 12, she and her mother moved to Edmonton, so Mary could attend high school. While on the homestead, Mary had grown to love horses. She even enjoyed reading books while riding horses. When she was in Edmonton, she taught horseback riding for free, just so she could continue to ride. She later passed on this love of horses to her daughter, Heather. They both enjoyed owning and riding horses when Heather was a teenager.
Mary continued to go back to the family homestead in the summers to be with her dad. He was a strong influence in her life, particularly with setting an example of living life without complaining and with loving to read and to learn. Her passion for knowledge may have started when her dad would save up unusual words and phrases he found in his readings while she was away, and ask her about them when she came home. Mary kept the family homestead for years. She and her family would travel there from Dawson Creek to pick berries during the summers.
After high school, Mary got her teaching certificate and taught in Wembley, Alberta, from 1949 to 1951. Again, her independence was showing – this was before Mary turned 20! She loved teaching and found grade 4 to be her favorite grade.
When she was 20, Mary went to England for a year where she met many of her English relatives. This was the beginning of her love for travel. Since then, Mary spent time traveling again to England with her family in 1972, across Canada in 1977, to Israel, Scandinavia, Hawaii, Alaska and the Northwest Territories. In 1990 she viewed the Passion Play at Oberamergau, Germany. Again as with many of her life-long passions, Mary has imparted this enthusiasm for travel to others in the family.
At age 21 after coming back from England, Mary taught at Capitol Hill school in Burnaby for 8 years. Here she was introduced to another one of her life-long loves. While staying in a basement suite at the home of Sam and Wilma McNeill, Mary met their handsome, personable nephew, Austin Sones.
When Mary married Austin in 1960, she willingly took on the whole Sones clan! She went from being an only child with no relatives in Canada to being an enthusiastic participant on every Sones family occasion, including organizing my parent’s 25th and 40th wedding anniversaries. She even wrote a history of the Sones family! This book, ‘County Cavan to the New World’ was published in 2000 and enjoyed by many members of the family.
When Heather and Keith were born in 1961 and 1964 respectively, Mary took time off from teaching to be a full-time mother. In Keith’s words “my mother’s life served as a valuable model for my own, and to this day I constantly tell people of the direct impact that my parents have had on me”. At this time, the family was living in Castlegar. On of Mary’s friends, Wendy Reinhart, who had team-taught Sunday school with Mary in Castegar said that because of Mary’s accepting and non-judgmental attitude, she, Wendy, was able to get past her shyness and feel more able to take risks in life. She found Mary to be extremely encouraging of other people.
While in Castlegar, Mary became interested in becoming a library specialist. She began by practicing on the family’s collection of books at home. Austin says many of their books still have Dewey Decimal labels on them, testifying to Mary’s ability to teach herself library skills. In 1970, the family moved to Dawson Creek, where Mary taught as teacher-librarian for the next 25 years. Mary was now in a position to pass on her love for books to other. Each year at Christmas, I would be most excited about the present given to me by Aunt Mary. It was always a gift of books – invariably ones I haven’t read before but enjoyed. In 1980 Mary got a Masters degree in Library Sciences at University of Western Ontario. Mary was the librarian at several elementary schools in Dawson Creek, including Parkhill and Tremblay. One of her colleagues at Parkhill said that Mary was a fabulous teacher-librarian. She was always able to lay her hands on any book and she was always smiling. Not only had the schools benefited from Mary’s library skills. She was on the board of the Dawson Creek public library, and she helped organize the church library and the library for the Roots genealogy society.
The other, probably most important passion in Mary’s life, next to her family, has been the church and particularly outreach from the church. At various times, she has helped with the St. Marks food bank, led CGIT groups, taught Sunday school, represented BC at the United Church General Council, served on Presbytery for Northern BC, and worked to bring together the United and Anglican congregations in the South Peace. Her daughter Heather remembers her crocheting mounds of squared that got turned into blankets and sent to Edmonton for an Outreach project. Mary was still crocheting the day before she died. Heather also said that Mary worked tirelessly writing letters for Amnesty International. Mary got a postgraduate degree in Theology from St. Stephen’s in 1993 and often served as a lay minister.
No matter what Mary was doing in life, she was involved so enthusiastically that her example and acceptance of others would inspire other people to get involved. I was honored to be one of those people.
A Memorial service, officiated by Marilyn Carroll, was held January 4, 2006 at the South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
A private inurnment followed in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery Columbarium. Expressions of sympathy may be made in memory of Mary by way of a donation to the:
“Mission and Service Fund” or “South Peace Society for Acquired Brain Injury”
Memorial arrangements were under the direction of Bergeron Funeral Service & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
February 27, 1931- December 19, 2006
Ruby Ethel Langhofer of Bonanza, Alberta, went to be with her Lord and Saviour on December 19, 2006 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. She was born in Bonanza, the first of six children, to Paul and Olga Radke on February 27, 1931. Ruby's parents moved the family from Bonanza to Gordondale when Ruby was five years old where they opened the Gordondale Store. The family moved back to Bonanza a few years later to continue farming.
It was during her working days at the Chicken Inn and Bill's News in Dawson Creek, B.C. that she met Andy Langhofer. Ruby and Andy married in 1956 and moved to Bonanza where they farmed and raised their family of four children. Ruby lived the rest of her life in Bonanza.
Ruby had many interests and was becoming an avid bowler. She enjoyed floor curling, golfing, travelling, and was a great community
volunteer. Even after Andy's passing, she remained involved with the Peace Country Draft Horse Association. Ruby had a wonderful sense of humour and a servant's heart. She gave of herself wherever and whenever she could.
Left to mourn her passing are her loving children; Dianne (Ed) Nellis, Allan (Sue Lavoie) Langhofer, Brenda Magnan, and Carol (Dean) Huber; her grandchildren; Christopher (Brandi) Nellis, Dan Nellis, Jodi and Danielle Magnan, and Janelle Huber. As well as her great grandchildren; Alexis, Gabriel and Isabella Nellis. Ruby is fondly remembered by her siblings; Edna (Norman) Nickel, Helen (Russel) Crocker, Roseleen (Marvin) Hanvold, Rienhart Radke (Joanne Gulka) and her numerous nieces and nephews. Also left to mourn her passing, are her two sisters-in-law Martha Sandy and Emma Franklin, and her many friends.
Ruby was predeceased by her brother Marvin, November 1940; her Mom, April 1976; her husband Andy, June 1995, and her Dad, August 1999.
She will be sadly missed by her family, her community and a countless friends.
A memorial service was held on December 27, 2006 at the Bonanza Community Hall. Officiated by Pastor Gary Henderson. A private family inurnment followed in the Hillhaven Cemetery, Bonanza, Alberta. Donations in Ruby’s memory can be made to “The Samaritan’s Purse” 20 Hopewell Way N.E., Calgary, Alberta T3J 5H5.
Memorial arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia