Jean Verlea Ogden
On Saturday, August 18, 2007, Jean Verlea Ogden passed away at the Weyburn Special Care Home at the age of 80 years. Jean was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Gordon Ogden; parents, Eva and William Reid; sisters: Gladys, Ethel, Elsie and Irene and brother, Harold Reid. Jean will be lovingly remembered by her daughter, Brenda (Laurence) Kosior and their family: Laurie (Dale) Kitzul and their children, Krista, Keegan, Danica and Deanna; Tanya (Dean) Meyers and their children, Dustin, Jordan and Sydney; Brent (Stacy) Kosior and their daughter, Charlotte; as well as numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends. Jean was born June 11, 1927 at Corning, the youngest of six children born to William and Eva Reid. She was raised on the family farm known as the Reid Hill, and attended school at Corning. On October 27, 1948, Jean married Gordon Ogden at Fillmore. Together they farmed north of Fillmore where Jean was very actively involved with helping Gordon trucking grain and bringing meals to the field, etc. She also kept busy with a large garden and canned tomatoes and made chili sauce. She always made Christmas cake and pudding for the family and there are still a few jars of her canned tomatoes for them to enjoy. They lived on the family farm north of Fillmore until 1973 when they retired to Weyburn. Jean was always ready to give a helping hand at the rink, church and served on the Hall board. She was a part of the Red Wings hockey club for the first years in town and helped Gordon a lot with the starting of the Wheatland Senior's Centre. Even after retiring she loved to be a part of harvest out at Laurence and Brenda's, and teach Laurie and Tanya how to garden. When Laurie and Tanya had their own places, they liked to go out and help them to garden; planting tomatoes was an art. Her pride was watching her grandchildren play ball, hockey and curl. She watched them graduate from secondary school, nursing and agriculture. She lived at Legion Towers for three years before moving to Weyburn Special Care Home. Jean always had a little wit for the staff at the Special Care Home and enjoyed all the entertainment that was provided for them, often remarking "now that's music." Jean was always very interested in what Gordon was doing, what her grandchildren were doing, and it brought her great joy as the great grandchildren came along. She never forgot anyone's birthday and loved Christmas time. Jean celebrated her 80 birthday with a party of family and friends, which she talked about a lot after. Her phone calls will be greatly missed, and lovingly remembered. Funeral service was held Thursday, August 30, at 2:00 p.m. from Grace United Church, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Weyburn. The pallbearers were: Randy Foss, Tracey Ogden, Trevor Ogden, Ron Bank, Ken Ludke and Keegan Kitzul. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Jean to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements were in care of Hastings-Dionne Funeral Home Inc., Weyburn. (842-6662)
After a courageous two year battle with pancreatic cancer, Keith McKechnie passed away at the age of 85 on September 10, 2007. He is predeceased by his father Archie McKechnie and his mother Charlotte (Lottie) McKechnie of Froude. He is survivied by his loving wife Doris McKechnie of 61 years marriage; his daughter Joanne and her husband Graham Lowe of Kelowna, BC.; son Bob and his wife Barb Forsythe from Victoria, BC; his daughter Gayle and her husband Ken Zyla of Vernon, BC; eight grandchildren - Jenn and her husband Dante Wetherow of Kelowna, BC; Levi McIvor of Victoria, BC; Onowa and her husband Art Napoleon of Victoria, BC; Sunny and his wife Patrice of Vancouver, BC; Ki McKechnie of Victoria, BC; Melissa and her husband Dave Dobernigg of Vernon, BC; Tyler Zyla of Kelowna, B.C.; Cory Zyla of Vancouver, BC; two great grandchildren Jaydn Dobernigg of Vernon, BC and Nipiya Napoleon of Victoria, BC. Keith leaves his sister Jean and her husband Bob Michel of Weyburn; brother Gerald and his wife Doreen of Brandon, MB; sister Norma and her husband Dorman Hutchinson of Watrous; sister-in-law Vivian and her husband Dan Dunn of Stoughton; sister-in-law Barbara and her husband Dwaine Dornan of Regina. Plus numerous nieces and nephews. Keith was born Oct. 22, 1921 in Creelman. Following high school Keith moved to Hymers, Ontario. From there Keith enlisted in the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Radar) for four years in WWII. On Nov. 2, 1945 Keith married Doris Montjoy. In 1946, after being discharged from the military, Keith and Doris farmed at Froude for 36 years. They also spent 20 winters as snowbirds in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. They moved to Kelowna, BC in Sept. 2000. Keith belonged to the Stoughton Legion; the United Church in Sask and BC. Keith was known for his great sense of humour and his gentle, kind and understanding way. He loved his family, nature, fishing, golfing, bridge and time with friends. A celebration of Keith's life will be held in Sandalwood Retirement Resort, 580 Yates Road, Kelowna, BC at 2 pm, October 6. All are welcome. Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC (250)762-2299.
Ivan Lester Horsman
Ivan Lester Horsman passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at the Weyburn General Hospital, at the age of 81years, 51 weeks. He was predeceased by his parents, Ira and Frances Horsman, a brother in infancy, Iven Horsman, brother, Lorence Horsman and sister-in-law, Hazel Horsman, sister, Sylvia Barr and brother-in-law, Gordon Barr. Ivan will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years, Eileen Horsman of Weyburn and their four children: Richard (Linda) Horsman of Halbrite; Murray (Nelly) Horsman of Estevan; Rodney (Rhonda) Horsman of Weyburn; and Connie (Jerry) Van Roon of Estevan; five grandchildren: Raylene and Ryan Horsman, Cory (Maria Ursu) Van Roon, Jennifer (Corey) Wallin and Jeremy Van Roon; and one great granddaughter, Kaitlyn Wallin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Ivan Lester Horsman was born on the family farm south of Halbrite, on September 19, 1925 to Ira and Frances Horsman. He grew up on the farm with his brother and sister and helped his dad with many chores. Ivan attended Monson, Sunny Side and Waite schools. On July 26, 1946, Ivan married Eileen Orsted in Plentywood, Montana, USA. He bought his own farm at Halbrite and was self employed until his retirement in 2002. During the early years on the farm, times were tough, so Ivan loaded gravel, putting in many extra hours to help supplement their income. Ivan enjoyed shop work on the farm and loved ranching and farming and was active fencing when he had his first stroke. Ivan served as a Lineman and was on the South Halbrite Telephone Board. He was a Councilor for Division 6, R.M. of Cymri #36 for 24 years from 1968 to 1991. In 1997 they bought a house in Weyburn and continued to farm in the summer. Ivan enjoyed all his grandchildren, and the birth of their first great granddaughter was his personal joy. He was a quiet, kind, well mannered man with gentle ways who will be missed as a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. Funeral service was held Saturday, September 15 at 2:00 p.m. from Fletcher Funeral Chapel, Weyburn, with Rev. John Ferrier officiating. Interment followed in Halbrite Cemetery. Pallbearers were his grandchildren: Raylene and Ryan Horsman, Cory and Jeremy Van Roon, Jennifer and Corey Wallin. Donations may be made in memory of Ivan to the Heart & Stroke foundation or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn (842-5432)
Raymond William Gilby
On Monday, September 10, 2007, Raymond William (Ray) Gilby, age 92 years, of Stoughton, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, at Newhope Pioneer Lodge, Stoughton. Ray was predeceased by his granddaughter Meagan, brothers Dick and Jim. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Doreen Gilby, Stoughton; children: Douglas (Marg) Gilby, Lloydminster, AB, Patricia Stach, Calgary, AB, and Ralph (Shelley), Langley, BC; grandchildren Alana Stach, Curtis Stach and Trevor (Jody) Gilby; great grandchildren: Hannah, Avery and Liam Gilby; siblings Margaret (Bill) Greenly, Bob (Alana) Gilby, Lyle Gilby and Ann (George) Young, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial service was held at Grace United Church, Stoughton, with Rev. Deborah Laforet officiating. Arrangements were through Boire Funeral Home of Estevan. Ray was raised in the Kelliher area of Sask. He enlisted in the army in 1940 in Regina and was discharged in 1945. In March of 1945 he and Doreen Richardson were married in Regina. They moved to Stoughton where Ray farmed, was a bulk fuel dealer and operated a school bus for many years. He was an active member of the Legion and was made an honorary life member. Ray was a charter member in the Stoughton Lions Club. He was active in all Legion and Lions activities. Along with his involvement in the Legion and Lions he was very active in community projects such as the skating rink, curling club and swimming pool. Thanks to all who were involved in Dad's life. - Doreen and family.
Allen Charlie Gottfried
Allen Charlie Gottfried of Creelman, passed away on Friday, September 14, 2007 at the age of 70 years. Predeceased by his son, Christopher Gottfried; his parents, Etta and Henry Gottfried; an infant brother and sister; brother, Albert Gottfried; sister, Emma Huska and brother-in-law, Michael. Allen will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 49 years, Jean Gottfried of Creelman, and their daughter, Kathy (Randy) Dammann of Griffin, and his grandchildren, Kiteen, Darrell and Curtis Dammann; brother, Ted (Ruth) Gottfreid of Campbell River, BC; sisters: Louise Richardson of Minneapolis, Minn. and Leona (Oscar) of Indian Head, numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Allen Charlie Gottfried was born to Henry and Etta Gottfried on December 9, 1936 in Earl Grey, and passed away very suddenly September 14, 2007. He was the second youngest of six children in a blended family. Al grew up in Lemberg, close to the Qu'Appelle valley. He spent much of his time with his cousin and closest friend, Ray Miller. Al learned many trades growing up from spending time with family members. He was able to do carpentry, wiring, plumb, work with motors, weld and iron work. He loved to work with his hands. At this time in Al's life he only attended school to grade 10. His first job was in a grocery store sweeping the floors, carrying coal, etc. all for a grand total of $2.00 per week. In 1953, he started working with CP Rail as a linesman and later as a cable splicer's helper. He enjoyed seeing most of Saskatchewan and often had stories of the practical jokes that he and his co-workers played on one another. In June of 1958, he married Jean Elias in this very church. They lived in Regina a brief amount of time, then moved to Lemberg. In 1960, they left Lemberg and moved to Creelman where he worked in Elmer Chipley's garage and on the land with Magnus and the 'boys'. In 1963, Al moved his family to Quincy, California. Here he worked as a service manager in a Ford dealership "Feather River Motors" with brother-in-law, Toby Phillips. After two years they found they missed Creelman too much and moved back to the land. Creelman has been home ever since. Al and Jean raised two children, Chris and Kathy. Chris sadly passed away before Al, two years ago this December. Kathy married Randy and together gave Al his three grandchildren: Darrell, Kiteen and Curtis. In 1989, Al and Jean quit farming. Al got his A-1 driver's license at Yorkton, and started driving for Cannon Distributors that took him across North America. He later went to work for Kooistra Trucking in Swan River, MB as their Safety Supervisor until the fall of 1992. At the age of 57, Al then went back to school. He completed his GED in 1993, then off to SIAST for his Class 5 Driver's Educators Certificate. After that, he worked for Dominion Driving School in Regina and also with Vollbecht Driving School in Creelman. In 1994 he got his 1-A Driver's Education Certificate. Al then went to work for Transportation Careers Development Centre (TCDC) in Saskatoon. He was there as an instructor and program manager until the fall of 2000. He then worked for a brief time for National Transportation Services until January of 2001. This is when he started his own business "Prairie Driver Training Services". It has only been in the last year and a half that Al has talked 'retirement'. He and Jean were in the middle of that transformation. Through the years, Al was involved in many community organizations: The Church Board, Ag. Society, Rink Board, Scouts, Village Council, 4-H, coaching hockey, Hall Board, Community College, Hospital Board, RM Counselor, History Book Committee. He believed in community work and gave as much time as he could to all. Children and youth were very special to him. He enjoyed any opportunity to connect with them; teasing being his method. Whether he was coaching, teaching or supporting them, there was always an element of fun. He even tried to make a difference to children and youth he had never met; giving financial support to International Foster Child, Wheel Chair Foundation, and the Weyburn Comp. Choir. Al loved cars and trucks (anything with a motor), curling, camping at Oungre, hockey, reading, woodworking and wiring, crib, history, duck hunting, people watching and story telling. Some of the family's favorite 'Al stories' follow: the year the Creelman Theatrical Club put on the 'Black Bonspiel' and Al was one of the men working in the sound booth and they replaced the water in one scene with vodka; the duck hunting trip with his two brothers, an uncle and some friends when the ducks wouldn't stop flying into the decoys (he claimed the Lord knew that would be the last hunting trip they would have together); driving to Regina with Jean, Darlene and Gerald for supper to discover no one had much money in their pockets; watching History, Discovery or the Speed channel with Darrell and Curtis; to order Chinese food to bring home to hear "sixty dollar" from Kiteen; telling about the time they rebuilt a wagon on the roof of a shed just for a joke; teaching the grandchildren 'to drive' and letting them drive the golf cart for hours to practice; buying the big corn pot at Yuma and cooking about 200 cobs of corn just this September 8. Al was always very clear about what he expected of others but gave the same back ten fold. He seldom asked for help but often offered it. He valued family, friends and his faith above all. A Memorial Service was held Tuesday, September 18, at 2:00 p.m. from Creelman United Church, with Pastor Lynn Callfas officiating. Interment followed in Golden Gates Cemetery, Creelman. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Allen to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn. (842-5432)
Garth Edward Krauss
Garth Edward Krauss of Ceylon, passed away on Friday, September 14, 2007 at the age of 57 years. Predeceased by his son-in-law, Robert Rumancik; parents, John and Amy Krauss; parents-in-law, Arva and Josephine Claffey; sisters-in-law, Joan Eskew and Rita Jensen; and brother-in-law, Ronald Claffey. Garth will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Lynn Krauss of Ceylon, and their family: daughter, Michelle Krauss (Brent Miller) of Regina, and son, Shane (Melissa) Krauss of Pangman; grandchildren: Mackenzie, Matthew and Victoria, Dakin, Hayley and Layton; sister, Carol (Jim) Kaip; brothers: Richard (Ivy) Krauss, Jim (Mary Anne) Krauss; brothers-in-law: Jack (Joan) Claffey, Terry Claffey, Floyd (Laurie) Claffey and Harry Jensen; sisters-in-law: Elaine (Merv) Pearson, Francis (Gary) Steinberg, Yvonne (David) Hughes, Jeannette Ferguson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Garth Edward Krauss was born November 20, 1949 at the Regina General Hospital to Amy and John Krauss. He was raised on the family farm at Parry, with two brothers, Dick and Jim and sister, Carol, in a very loving and fun atmosphere. They were very family oriented and spent all their spare time with close family, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Garth could do no wrong in the eyes of his mom, aunt Edna and grandma Ashton. He took his public schooling at Parry, and high school years at Pangman. After graduation, he attended the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. He grew up attending the United Church every Sunday. On May 3, 1969, Garth married Lynn Claffey at Plentywood, Montana. They lived in Lloydminster for nine years, at Parry on the farm for 20 years and Ceylon for nine years. He worked as a Traffic Officer in Lloydminster, then worked for Haliburton Oil, returning to Parry to pursue his love of farming. Garth also purchased a custom seed cleaning operation which he ran for 10 years. In 1993, Garth bought the Oasis at Pangman, which developed into a vibrant, well rounded business, and he continued farming. Garth loved curling, playing baseball, golfing, fishing and playing cards. His passion was teasing anyone, especially when he got a rise out of them. He was very involved with the Parry Bowling Alley, he coached ball and hockey and was involved with minor hockey in surrounding communities. As a member of the Ceylon Lions Club he supported minor ball through donations. Garth valued any time spent with his many friends. The most important person in Garth's life was his soul mate and wife, Lynn. He loved his family, his kids and his grandkids were special to him. He will be lovingly missed by all he knew and loved. Funeral service was held Wednesday, September 19, at 11:00 a.m. from the Prairie Pride Centre in Ceylon, with Rev. Bonita Chad and Father Prince Kurisinkal officiating. The pallbearers were: Nolan Krauss, Trevor Krauss, Colin Kaip, Kelly DeBruyne, Trevor DeBruyne, and Kim DeBruyne. Interment followed in Ceylon Cemetery. For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Garth to the Radville Marian Health Centre. Arrangements were entrusted to Fletcher Funeral Chapels Ltd., Weyburn and Radville (842-5432 and 869-2566)
Robert Samuel Little Sr.
Robert (Bob) Samuel Little Sr. of Surrey, BC, passed away September 15, 2007 after a lengthy illness. Bob was born February 15, 1925 and raised on the family farm at Meyronne. He was predeceased by his parents Mathew and elizabeth Little, brother Alvin, his first wife and mother of his children Pearl Little. He is survived by his wife Ella, his children: Colleen (Stewart) Lumb, David (Bonnie) Little, Jo Ann (Ed) Jeanson, Robert Jr. (Julie) Little and Terri (Bill) Jordan. His step-children: David (Anette) Goranson, Joanne (Michael) Le Dressay, Carla (Norman) Orberg and Richard (Cynthia) Goranson. His grandchildren, Doug (Judy) Lumb, Carla Little, Andrea (Todd) Stepp, Marcia (Jay) Kinash, Lisa (Jordan) Loustel and Lindsey Jordan. His great grandchildren: Lyndon, Donavon and Nicholas Lumb, Tarrin and Cameron Stepp, Vance Jordan and Sonny Kinash and his step-grandchildren. His twin sisters, Jean (Alton) Barsness and Joan (Reine) Diener, brothers David and Brian (Marlene) Little. Many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Bob joined the navy in 1942 at the age of 17. When discharged he worked in Moose Jaw before moving to Weyburn to work at the training school, had a variety of jobs before becoming the general manager at Grandview Industries. Moving to BC in the late 70's he owned and operated a plastic plant. After selling it he worked with his wife at her ladies' clothing shop until his illness no longer allowed him to work. Bob loved to fly and later took up golfing. He's a past president of the Royal Canadian Legion, Weyburn Branch, was a member and sat on the Board of the Weyburn Flying Club for several years. He celebrated 46 years of sobriety through AA. There will be a memorial service to celebrate his life at the Weyburn Legion, Friday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m.
Clifford John Paul
July 11, 1930-September 10, 2007
Clifford John Paul was born in Khedive, the youngest of ten children. He had four brothers and five sisters. After finishing school Cliff worked at a variety of jobs throughout Saskatchewan from farming and logging to road construction and plumbing. In 1953, on a trip back home, he met Corinne Svedahl. They were married June 1, 1956 in Pangman. They lived in Regina until a business opportunity in 1964 brought them back to Pangman where Cliff opened up his "Super Farm Service" garage. In 1974 they moved onto an acreage in Duhamel, AB, where the family built their new home. Cliff began working as a rural mechanic instructor for the Alberta government in the winter and a carpenter in the summer. In 1999 they moved into Camrose, AB, to retire and build yet another house. Cliff was a true handyman; all his life he was building, renovating, or repairing. With his deteriorating health these past few years his tendency to delegate his numerous projects increased. However, he always took great joy in visits from his grandkids and family. It was his life-long love of nature that made him an expert regarding all types of trees, flowers, birds and animals. He always had an answer for everything. Cliff is survived by his loving wife Corinne, their three children: Cheryl Luckwell, Craig (Kristine), Carrie (Rob) Longhe, and Dave Luckwell; eight grandchildren: Lonney, Corey (Ashley), Larissa (John), Denae, Zachary, Alexander, Randy and Derek; three great grandchildren: Hannah, Aidan and Leland. Funeral service was held in Bethesda Lutheran Church, New Norway, AB. Interment in Camrose cemetery.
Thersia Rosella Fellner
Thersia "Tess" Rosella Fellner of Khedive, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2007. She was predeceased by her parents Sebastian and Rosella Pingert; her husband Fred Fellner; grandson James Mann; brothers: Frank and Syd Pingert, brothers-in-law: Peter Kesslering, Alfred Fellner, Mel Fellner, sisters-in-law: Rosina Kesslering and Anna Pingert. She is survived by her children: Harlan (Debbie) Fellner, Weyburn and family: Deanna (Steve) Martin and their children, Natalie and Kyle, Shawn (Lisa) Fellner and their children, Drew, Hayley and Paige; Reg (Nila) Fellner, Weyburn and family: Chad Fellner and his children, Willow, Vanessa and Skylar, Rodney Fellner, Cole (Rhonda) Fellner and their children, Kellie and Tia; Mervyn Fellner, Pangman; Debbie (Wes) Mann, Midale and family: Laird Mann, Theresia (Grant) Haus and their sons, Alex, Ryan and Garrett; Rhonda (Brian) Clews, Regina and family; Krystal and Holly: Melody (Wade) Miller, Camrose, AB and family Kelsey, Zachary and Landon; Troy Fellner of Regina; one brother-in-law and three sisters-in-law: Ed (Amelia) Fellner, Annie Fellner and Barbara Pingert as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Tess was born on a farm near Amulet, on October 12, 1928. In 1937, the Pingert family moved to the Khedive district. On November 12, 1946, Tess married Fred Fellner and continued to live in the Khedive area. Tess was the wife of a framer, she was a hard worker and did many of the farm chores. She also worked at the Oasis and drove school bus for several years. She always had a huge garden and canned many fruits and vegetables for the long winters. She was a great cook and enjoyed having family and friends in for special occasions. She was an accomplished seamstress and mender. She loved to knit right up until the time of her passing. She enjoyed quilting in Khedive with the ladies. Tess was also an avid sports fan watching all types of sporting events. Tess enjoyed people; visiting, playing cards and dancing. She bowled in Parry for many years. She was a past member of the Khedive Recreation Board and was a current member of the Pangman CWL. Tess enjoyed participating in social activities and she enjoyed her friends and family. She was a very devoted and caring person. She was an important part of our lives and will be missed dearly. Graveside service was held on Monday September 17 at 2 p.m. at the Pangman Cemetery, with Father Prince Kurisinkal officiating. The ladies of the CWL were honorary guard. Lunch followed at the Khedive Recreation Center served by the Pangman CWL. Donations in Memory of Tess may be made to a Charity of Choice. Arrangements were entrusted to RD Family Funeral Chapel, Weyburn.