Michael Arnold Hendricks
Michael Arnold Hendricks longtime resident of Dawson Creek, British Columbia passed away on April 27, 2008 at the age of 63. Mike was born in Pouce Coupe to parents of Erdman and Helena (Hamm) on January 8, 1945.
Mike was raised on a farm in the Landry district and being the youngest of 10 children, he had many chores to do both before and after school. After completing grade 10 in Dawson Creek, he attended the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania for 2 years. He joined the wrestling team, while finishing high school and made many lifelong friends.
Mike returned to Dawson Creek, and did various jobs including working on the WAC Bennett Dam, and doing auto body. He then went to Dawson Creek Warehousing for many years. Later, he worked at the car wash where he met a lot of people.
He met Agnes McLay in 1969, and married her in August of 1972. On December 13, 1973, Eddy was born and Jason on June 28, 1976. He enjoyed taking his family on vacations, one time traveling east to Toronto, then down to Pennsylvania. There he introduced Agnes to more of his family.
Due to health problems Mike had to quit work but was still able to take small camping trips with family and friends.
Mike and Agnes went their separate ways in 1992, and he treasured the times he had with his boys.
Later, because of increasing health problems he moved to Rotary Manor. He attended church throughout his life and was a man who valued his family and close friends.
Mike was predeceased by his parents Erdman and Helen, and brother John.
He is fondly remembered by his sons Eddy and Jason, brothers Fred (Merle) Hendricks, Ed Hendricks, Steve (Mary) Heinricks, Juste (Linda) Hendricks and sisters Betty Budlong, Ann Ohdner, Claire (Don) Peters and Ruona Asplundh, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on May 2, 2008 at the Church of the New Jerusalem, officiated by Reverend Mike Gladish. Inurnment was held in the Brookside Cemetery, Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
August 29, 1935 - April 22, 2008
Resident of Goodlow BC passed away at Fort St John at the age of 72.
Born in Macklin Saskatchewan, Tony was the 6th child of Valentine and Katherina Ollenberger. The family moved to Baldonnel in 1944. Tony moved to Dawson Creek BC in 1951. He worked at the lumber mill, the Dairy Pool and Wilson’s Groceries. Tony met Joy Anderson, got married and in the next few years had son Kelly and daughters Deedee and Wendy. In 1961 Tony moved his family to the homestead in Goodlow and then out to their current home in Goodlow.
Tony was involved in fastball and curling for many years and even took up hockey, skiing and square dancing. He enjoyed evenings out just playing cards and having coffee with neighbors and friends.
Tony was a self-taught carpenter and was very involved in the building of the curling rink and the ball club in the community.
A farmer through and through, whether it was fencing, field work or feeding his cows, he loved his work. During his last week went out to sit and watch his cows. Farming was Tony’s way of life.
Family first was Tony’s motto. He was a loving caring generous man with a soft heart. He never missed a birthday, baseball or hockey game, 4-H or other event in his family’s lives. He was there for them always. Tony was married to the love of his life and favorite lady for 52 years. Joy, his children and their spouses, his 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren were always in his heart and he in theirs forever. Tony was proud of all of them.
Tony may not have been a big man in size, but to his family he was a mighty man, big in their eyes and the strongest man they knew. Though Tony suffered a lot in the last few years, he loved life and had a strong will to live. He fought hard right to the end. He made his family proud and proud they will always be of this special man that was part of their family.
Tony was predeceased by his father Valentine, mother Katherina, brothers- Peter, Paul, Frank, Eugene, Marcus, Norbert and sister Dorothy.
He is survived and fondly remembered by his wife Joy, son Kelly (Patty) Ollenberger, daughters Deedee (Bill) Clay and Wendy (Harvey) Bahm, grandfather to Clinton (Sabrina) Ollenberger, Lindsay (Paul) Wiens, Cody (Jennifer) Clay, Dustin Clay, Brandy (Matt) Bruhau, Clayton Bahm, great-grandfather to Kordell, Camryn Ollenberger, Chase Wiens Tarin, Tamsyn, Emry Clay and Heather Bruhau, sisters Florence Ell and Frances Richter, and many more family members and friends.
Memorial service was held on April 26, 2008 at the North Peace Mennonite Brethren Church, Fort St. John, British Columbia, officiated by Pastor Don Holloway.
William (Bill) McCarlie
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of William (Bill) McCarlie. Bill passed away at the Dawson Creek and District hospital in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Bill was born in Scotland on September 10, 1938. He moved to Canada in (1963) where he would meet his future wife Doris. Bill and Doris spent the first part of their marriage in Southern Alberta before settling in Dawson Creek in 1971. They would have four children Mike, Billy, Rob and Jennifer.
Bill was proud to have worked for School District 59 for 23 years keeping the children of Canalta school safe. After retiring in 1999, Bill spent all his time on the farm working with his pride and joy, his horses and his grandchildren. He spent many days teaching them how to farm the way he thought farming should be. He encouraged his oldest grandchild Sarah to care for and work with the horses as often as possible. Bill was proud to hear Sarah tell him that she would be a veterinarian when she grows up and would care for the horses at no charge. Bill enjoyed watching the grandkids play and joked that they didn't have a beautiful backyard like he had on the farm.
Bill enjoyed taking the children for rides on the sleigh and the wagon. Three days before Bill's death, although physically weak managed to go for a ride around the quarter section, pointing out what he wanted to be done with the fields. But this would not be his last ride, his last ride occurred on May 7, 2008 with his family by his side.Bill and Doris celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary prior to his death.
Bill leaves to mourn his wife Doris, mother in-law Hedwig Tesche, sons Mike, Billy and Rob (Phoebe) and his daughter Jennifer (Jeff), as well as his precious grandchildren Sarah, Alyssa and Elizabeth Ward and Dustin, Kierra and Tymea McCarlie, brothers Robin, Davey, John and sister Jean. He was predeceased by his parents and sisters Alma and Molly.
A memorial Service was held on May 7, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Tim Johnson.
Marilyn Claudia Ho Lem
“YUN OI” Mary’s Chinese name means great love. This suited her as everyone knows. “Mary or Grandma” to her family and friends was born March 3, 1915 in Victoria, BC and passed away in Dawson Creek, BC., on March 3, 2008, her 93rd birthday. She was the second child of a family of 9 born to Jin Wong & Eng Sung.
Mary met Jack Ho Lem through the Chinese United Church. The Calgary congregation went to Victoria and the sparks must have been flying as a big diamond ring arrived in the mail shortly after. They married on June 1, 1938. In 1943 when the Alaska Highway was being built, there was a need for laundry and dry cleaning services. The family moved to Dawson Creek with Jack’s brothers Charlie, George and David and opened Empire Cleaners. After Jack’s death in 1962, Mary operated the business until 1973.
Their family was complete with four daughters; Patricia, Sandra (Dawson Creek’s First Chinese baby), Cynthia and Carole. The family lived above Empire Cleaners making it convenient to raise and support a young family.
A big part of Mary’s life was filled with family functions, her family extending to close to 125 members having reunions every 5 years for the past 30 years. Mary enjoyed traveling to weddings, graduations and birthday celebrations. These events often ended up with other plans, trips to China, the Caribbean, Hawaii and to several places throughout North America. Visiting, good food, laughter and the “family” bowling nights were enjoyed by all.
In 1956 the family moved to large home on 17th street. Mary enjoyed her large garden especially her flowers and she soon had a greenhouse.
In 1980 Mary moved to the Painter Farm where she had her own little suite. The farm animals gave Mary much pleasure. Spring brought her double pleasure when the new foals were born.
Mary was very proud to be a member of the Order of the Royal Purple Lodge #85 for 47 years. She enjoyed being active in the community organization and was involved in all local and out of town events.
There are so many ways to describe this wonderful woman: a gentle, kind, considerate, patient, generous, skilled and sociable lady. She has touched so many lives in wonderful ways.
Mary was predeceased by her husband Jack; granddaughter Michelle Belak; sister Roz; brothers: David, Philip, Thomas and James; and son in-laws: John Verschoor and Garry Painter. She is survived by her daughters: Patricia, Sandra (Ron), Cynthia (Richard) and Carole; grandchildren: Leah (Wayne), Jody, Christine (Christopher) and Darren; great-grandchildren: Gavin, Shane, Alisha, Emma, Jonathan and Caiden; and siblings: Helen, Peter, Harry and Beverly.
A Memorial Service was held on March 8, 2008 at the South Peace United Church, officiated by Reverend Marilyn Carroll. Inurnment will follow at a later date in the Dawson Creek City Cemetery.
Memorial arrangements were entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. Dawson Creek, British Columbia.
Kevin Dean Peachey
1980 – 2008
On March 7, 2008 Kevin Peachey passed away after courageously battling a brain tumour, first diagnosed in 2003.
Kevin will be remembered and deeply missed by his wife, Lori (nee Weaver), parents Jesse and Faye Peachey of Bay Tree, nine brothers and sisters: Carol Peachey, David and Barbara Peachey, Jon and Sue Peachey, Julia and Dan Brubaker, Alta Peachey and Dennis Breen, Twila and Brian Smucker, Glen and Susannah Peachey, Luci and Dan Martin, and Linda and Steve Overholt, 39 nieces and nephews, and 4 great-nieces and nephews, as well as by Lori’s family of Millmont, Pennsylvania.
Born in Dawson Creek, on May 21, 1980, Kevin grew up in Bay Tree, Alberta. He bonded uniquely with his father through their mutual love of the Peace River country and through countless hours of working together at the sawmill. Kevin never missed an opportunity to make his mother laugh with his affectionate teasing, a warm hug, or the perfect landscaping suggestion. His enthusiasm and energy delighted his brothers and sisters. He spent happy hours with his beloved nieces and nephews – canoeing, hiking, quadding, and swinging across the canyon.
Kevin loved the Lord deeply. Baptized at Rolla Baptist Church, he was most recently a member of the Bay Tree Mennonite Church. He was friend, mentor, and role model to many, including the children of Bay Tree Mennonite School, especially after developing an interest in their teacher, Miss Lori!
As owner and operator of KP Logging, Kevin was well-respected for his strong work ethic, integrity, and friendliness.
Kevin’s diagnosis did nothing to quell his zest for life. He continued to enjoy his favourite things, entrusting his future with its uncertainties into the hands of God. He and Lori met in September, 2005. Despite the knowledge that their time together could be short, they spent long hours learning to know each other – enjoying hikes, quad rides, and visits with family and friends. They were engaged in December, 2006, and married on a mountaintop in Pennsylvania on June 30, 2007. After a honeymoon in Alaska, they returned to Bay Tree where they worked together on their rustic home, building dreams and deep bonds of friendship.
In October the couple faced news that Kevin’s tumour was growing. With characteristic courage, they agreed to take part in the DCA experimental drug study at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. His wife Lori was at his bedside every day. Observers were blessed by their commitment and devotion to each other.
Despite his short years, Kevin lived richly, abundantly, fully. He leaves behind a legacy of wonderful memories, and a testimony of loving God, loving others, and enjoying a lot of swing rides across the canyon along the way.
A funeral service was held on March 14, 2008 at the Bethel Pentecostal Church, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Pastor Dave Swartzentruber and Pastor William Byler. Interment followed in the Briar Ridge Cemetery, East Pouce Coupe, British Columbia.
Charles David Swift was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 27, 1923 to Charles and Bessie Swift. Charlie spent his early years on the family farm, attending school and making many lifelong friends,
As a young man, Charlie, who was not afraid of hard work, had various jobs such as farming, hauling freight with a team of horses and managing a country store for his brother Jim.
In 1945 Charlie met his future bride. After a two year courtship, Charlie and Frances were married on November 6, 1947. In 1950 Frances gave birth to their son, Wayne, and the family was complete.
In 1954 Charles decided to move his family to Dawson Creek, where a childhood friend, Warren Nelson lived. He found work immediately as a roofer and was very busy due to the fact that a major hailstorm had just hit the area.
When the air base was set up in Dawson Creek, Charlie was hired on as a boiler man. He not only worked at the base, but was also sent by helicopter to a number of outlying sites. He enjoyed the camaraderie shared with fellow employees and would often tell stories of “the air base days”.
Upon the closure of the air base, Charlie got a job at the local curling rink and arena as ice maker, where he made many more friends, as well as GREAT ICE.
Finally Charlie hung up his shingle and retired to his home of many years in the Tremblay subdivision. He enjoyed tending his garden and yard until his legs would no longer cooperate. One of his greatest pleasures came from playing crib with friends and family.
Charlie was a lifetime member of the Dawson Creek Curling Club and of the Elks, and a Legion member for many years.
Charlie will be sadly missed by his family and many friends but will be remembered by all for his love of life, his total commitment to his family, his dedicated work ethic and his wonderful sense of humor, as well as his amazing crib playing skills!
Charlie is predeceased by his parents Bessie and Charles Swift, sister Hilda Herbert and brother Don Swift. He is survived by his wife Frances, son Wayne (Ardith) Swift, and brother Jim (Ruby) Swift.
A Funeral service was held on September 18, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Peggy Bergeron. Interment followed in the Brookside Cemetery
McKinley Holmes Mathias
Everyone knew him as Mac, but the name given him at birth was McKinley Holmes Mathias. Born to Howard and Margaret Mathias in Matthiasville, situated in the township of Draper, the district of Muskoka in Ontario, Mac lived an uneventful and quiet life until volunteering for service with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1942. Mac then served four years overseas to the conclusion of the war after which he was discharged from active duty. Six years after returning to Canada, Mac moved to British Columbia with his wife Nancy. While homesteading in the Peace Country they were blessed with their children, Stewart, Randy, Laurie and Perry.
Mac relished time with family and friends and counted among his favourite times those moments spent in the company of family and good friends. He often kept a big pot of campfire coffee to keep everyone warm; and in winter he would make certain there was a big fire by the puddle in the bush behind the family home on the Old Hart Highway. This was so the kids would be able to warm themselves during skating parties. Among the special memories for Mac’s family are the times the family worked together laying in the winter supply of firewood—the only source of heat in the home for many years. Mac was happiest when he was home where he stayed busy cooking giant pots of rice pudding, baking delicious pies and other goodies, or doing woodwork projects.
After Nancy passed in 1984, Mac became passionate about music and renewed commitment to his faith. He invested himself in composing, recording and performing original songs and poetry. This rewarding investment brought great pleasure both to him and to those who enjoyed his creative talents. He was always ready to play his guitar and sing with good friends, including Walter Craig, Vern Braaten, Linda Shallock, Gregg Wandling, Barb and Ian Munro and Bob Dworsky. There were so many other musicians with whom Mac shared music that it would be impossible to name them all.
From the late 50s until he retired in 1986, Mac worked with the Tunnel and Rock Workers Union on numerous heavy construction projects. He was a diamond driller on the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, and he also served as a labour foreman and a general foreman for pulp mills in Mackenzie and Prince George, the Peace Canyon Dam and Tumbler Ridge coalmines. Mac also worked building bridges on the Stikine River in northeastern British Columbia. During this period, Mac formed many strong friendships with his co-workers that continue to this time.
Mac will be remembered for his warm smile and firm handshake that was freely offered to all whom he met. He mentored many people through the different stages of his life. Many people will remember his visits in the Co-op coffee shop.
Mac passed away peacefully on September 15, 2008 at the Pouce Coupe Care Home. He was 88 years old at the time of his death.
Mac is fondly remembered by his children Stewart (Debby), Randy (Betty), Laurie (Tom), Perry (Brenda) and grandchildren: Mick, Kevin, Bobby, Taylor, Ryan, Carmen (Matt) and Aaron.
A memorial service was held on September 20, 2008 at the Bergeron Funeral Chapel, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, officiated by Pastor Michael Stark. Inurnment was held on September 22, 2008 at the Dawson Creek City Cemetery Columbarium.