Obituaries

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TILL, Charles James

 

Charlie passed away peacefully with his family at his side in the Strathmore Hospital on Feb. 27, 2017. Charlie was in his 80th year. He leaves behind his wife Sharon (nee Kearns); his children Lana (Don) Shearer, Jim (Carol) Till, Brenda (Rob) Evans, Michelle (Darren) Hiller, and David (Janey) Till; his sister Shirley (Jess) Chizik; 10 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews as well as his precious fur baby companion Ginger. He was predeceased by his first wife Frances (Spasoff) Till; his parents Jim and Clara; and his brother Tom. Charlie was born in Rosebud, Alberta on May 14, 1937. Charlie and his family moved to the present family farm north of Gleichen when he was 5, where he resided until his passing. Charlie’s golden years were spent at Lake Koocanusa where he enjoyed fishing, watching all the beautiful birds that reside there and visiting with family and friends where his friends became family. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Strathmore Alliance Church (Strathmore, AB) at 1:00 p.m. Lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers donations can be made directly to the Wheatland and Area Hospice Society (Box 2154, Strathmore, AB, T1P 1K2). To send condolences, please visit Charlie’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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BLOXHAM, Blair

 

Blair Bloxham passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Cold Lake, Alberta at the age of 76 years. Blair will be dearly missed by his wife Audrey, his daughter Toni (Colin Pearce), his two sons David (Cathleen) and Scott (Kelly), his grandchildren Jeromi, Kambal, Alison, Jack, and Tim (Jessica) and countless other family and friends. Blair was born on December 24, 1940 in Edmonton Alberta, son of Anita and Leonard Bloxham. His sister Lennie followed in 1948. He grew up and attended school in Edmonton but spent significant time in Canmore, an area of the world that was very special to him. He met Audrey in 1960 and they were married on March 31, 1962. Their children soon followed, first Toni in 1964, then David in 1967 and finally, equally loved but with much less vigorous photographic documentation, Scott in 1971. Blair attended RCMP training in Ottawa in 1959. He served first with the RCMP and then the Calgary Police Force. He left police service after Toni’s birth in 1964, opting for a career in Insurance. His first job in the industry was with Federated Insurance, a position that saw him performing inspections all over the province of Alberta. Over the years he filled numerous positions with many companies, finally choosing to retire in 2010 after 45 years in the industry. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Blair volunteered his time to the Story Book Theatre and Pumphouse Theatre societies. Initially he supported productions, often catering lunches. Later he served as Producer for a number of productions and eventually served as President of the Pumphouse Theatre Society. Blair also volunteered his time in his daughter’s classroom working with student reading groups at Terre des Jeunes school. For the last 20 years, Blair was heavily involved in the dog agility community, both as a competitor and a competition judge. He accepted judging assignments all over North America and loved traveling and meeting people at the different events. He was a fixture at the Championships for many years where he worked tirelessly and had a big part in making the event run smoothly. Dog agility was something he greatly enjoyed and was passionate about doing well. A memorial service in Blair’s memory will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Strathmore United Church, (410- 4 Street, Strathmore Alberta) at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations in Blair’s memory to Alberta Herding Dog Rescue which can be accessed through Facebook, or a charity of your choice. To send condolences, please visit Blair’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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BOOTH, George Henry

 

It is with great sorrow and sadness that we announce the passing of my dear husband George Henry Booth on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the age of 77. George was born in Virden, Manitoba on April 9, 1939. George lived in the area known as the Woodnorth District and went to the Boss Hill School. George grew up on a farm and lost his Dad at age thirteen. He ran the farm with the help of his mother, Winnie, and started work outside the farm at age 17. He worked for the MR of Wallace where he took his heavy duty Mechanic license under the Caterpillar Dealership Powel Equipment in Brandon, Manitoba. He was foreman in the summer and repaired the M.D equipment in the winter. He married his wife, Alice, on September 9, 1961 and they moved to Alberta in 1966. They started their business in 1976 called Booth Construction Ltd. and operated this until 2016 when he had a stroke. George became a Commercial Pilot in 1968 and trained at the Calgary International Airport. He flew commercially for a few years on the pipeline and for his own Company, this was his passion. He was predeceased by his father, George Booth, in 1953 and mother, Rowena Margaret (Kirkpatrick) Booth, in 1975, and an older brother at birth. George is survived by his wife Alice Hilda (Rouse) Booth of 56 years and brother Victor Robert Booth. Close family members are Norah (Rouse) & Harry Driedger, Louise & Arthur Rouse, Jim Rouse, Shawn & Ernie Rouse, Margaret, Doug, Winnie, Andy, David, Kirkpatrick and families with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. George’s health was impacted by a second stroke on November 10, 2016. He will be greatly missed by his wife and family. George was a gentle, caring man and lived each day to the fullest with his witty ways, compassion, and honor. We know he is in heaven with his family and friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Gleichen Community Hall at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, George and family request donations be given directly to the Strathmore and Wheatland County Handi-bus Association (c/o 680 Westchester Rd., Strathmore, AB, T1P 1J1). To send condolences, please visit George’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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GREY, Ryan Thomas
November 29, 1982 – February 12, 2017

 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Ryan Thomas Grey. Ryan is survived by his two children Eden and Jetton Many Fingers Grey and their mother Chelsea; his parents Harold Grey and Vivian Grey; his sister, brother-in-law, nephews and niece Erin, Sean, Cooper, Brock, and Kate Felker; his closest friends that were like brothers and sisters to him; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his large circle of friends. Throughout Ryan’s life he was always surrounded by friends. He loved big and with his whole heart. His friends meant so much to him but nothing held a torch to the love he had for his children. Eden and Jett were his greatest source of pride. He loved sports and played hockey, football, slo-pitch, and golf. He enjoyed being out in nature, fishing and camping with family and friends. Life was not an easy ride for Ryan, and even with the love of so many family and friends, sadly it ended way too soon. A service will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Hope Community Covenant Church (245 Brent Blvd, Strathmore, AB) at 1:00 p.m. Please bring your stories of Ryan’s life to share with all his friends. Donations are gratefully accepted in trust for Eden and Jett at gofundme.com/trust-for-eden-and-jett. To send condolences, please visit Ryan’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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FORTIER, Betty Jean
September 23, 1924 - February 4, 2017

 

Betty Jean Fortier of Strathmore passed away peacefully at the Strathmore Hospital surrounded by her family and partner William May. Betty was born and raised in Magrath, Alberta. Betty found secretarial work in various offices throughout her working life. In 1944 she married Neil Billingsley. This union produced two children Diana and Sheri. Neil met an untimely death in 1952. In 1956 Betty married Melvin Fortier. This union produced two children, Dean and Melanie. He predeceased Betty in 1975. She leaves to mourn her devoted grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was much loved by every one that met her. The family would like to thank all the staff at the Strathmore Hospital for their kindness and care during Betty’s time there. A special Thank You to Dr. Fanning from the entire family. A memorial service will be held in Magrath, Alberta on May 27, 2017. To send condolences, please visit Betty’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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BECHTHOLD, Helen
March 3, 1920 - Richdale, Alberta
January 23, 2017 - Strathmore, Alberta

 

Helen Bechthold (nee Patzer) of Beiseker, Alberta, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2017 at the age of 96 years.
Helen and Gilbert married on November 10, 1939, they were members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and lived in the same farm home for seventy-two years.
Helen is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Delilah Bechthold of Medicine Hat, AB; Daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Barry Grabo of Strathmore, AB, and Laura and Allen Pauls of Kelowna, BC; Grandchildren, Gene Jr.(Shellie), Brent (Shannon), Marlon, Shannon (Scott), Brad (Kelly), Tanya (Jean), and Mark; Great-grandchildren, Haylee, Kyler, Breena, John, and Cohen; Sister-in-law, Irene Patzer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Helen was predeceased by her husband, Gilbert Bechthold; her parents; seven brothers and two sisters.
Funeral Services will be held at the Beiseker Level Land Seventh Day Adventist Church (16 km East and 2 ½ km south of Beiseker) on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at the Beiseker Level Land Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Helen Bechthold, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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RODEHUTSKORS, Bernhard Josef (Ben)
1931-2017

 

On January 27, 2017 Ben passed away at the age of 85 after a lengthy illness. Ben was born in Karlsburg, Germany, the oldest of nine children born to Klara and Stefan Kors. He emigrated to Canada in 1953 at the age of 22, speaking no English, but having a vast skill set spanning from farming to carpentry. He worked his way across Canada until he arrived in Calgary. Here he met and married the love of his life Mechthilde (n.Verweyen). They settled in Calgary and raised four children. They moved their family to an acreage near Strathmore in 1970 (Cheadle) where Ben was able to indulge in his true passion for farming. He and Mechthilde eventually retired and moved into town. Ben had numerous health challenges and succumbed to complications from them. He passed away peacefully at Strathmore Hospital with his wife of almost 58 years by his side. He will be greatly missed by his children; Clara (Reg), Dorothy, and Paul (Jennifer). Ben leaves his legacy to ten grandchildren and two great-grandsons. He is also survived by six siblings all of Germany and numerous nieces and nephews in Canada, the US, and Germany. Ben was pre-deceased by his son (Steven), a 2 year old granddaughter, one brother and one sister. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Lord of All Lutheran Church (112 Lakeside Blvd, Strathmore) at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ben’s honor directly to Sacred Heart Catholic Church Building Fund (23 Strathmore Lakes Way, Strathmore, AB). To send condolences, please visit Ben’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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Carpenter Casey, Marie

 

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Marie Carpenter Casey on January 21,2017. She leaves behind her loving children, Anthony (Laurie) Darlene (Andy) Debbie (Lyle) Brian (Loretta) Bob. Her grandchildren Bonnie (Gord), Quentin (Rochelle) AJ (Megan) Cassondra (Tim) Darrell (Tara) Cristen Jennifer Kendra (Ryan) & Coleman. She has 6 Great Grandchildren as well. Her life began on April 6 1942 in Grimsby, Ontario and her happiest days were spent in her Grandparents home on the Six Nations Reserve. Mom proudly received her Native Status late in life. However, in 1967 with 4 children and her German Shepard dog she boarded a train to head west to Strathmore Alberta to join her husband and begin a new life. A stay at home mom in those first few years, she soon was the house where all the kids hung out at. She began babysitting many kids throughout the years. Marie made many life long friends in this little town. She loved volunteering her time to Brownies, Scouts, Strathmore Rodeos, Parades and Seniors. She was a founding organizer for Block Parents in the early ‘80’s . Marie spent many hours helping seniors from Sunset Haven over the years. Always putting others needs before hers. She loved to crochet, knit, bake , play pranks, suntan, snorkel and ELVIS. Humor was prevalent in her life and we can still see that smile and hear that laugh. With only a grade 9 education and went back to school and obtained her High School Diploma at the age of 51. A proud moment in her life. Dog sitting by far became the most loved job she ever had, which kept her busy the past 10 years. Marie’s health was over taken by COPD and became very difficult in the past year which caused her much pain and frustration. She is now in the Heavens with her loving brothers and friends. At Maries’ request there will be no Funeral Service and in lieu of flowers please send a donation to Animal Care Centre of Strathmore.

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CHRISTENSEN, Deborah-Ann (Debi)

 

It is with deep sadness that we announce the very sudden passing of our dear wife, mother and ‘Gramma’, Debi Christensen (nee Rolfe) on Thursday January 19, 2017 at the age of 62. Debi was born in Edmonton, spent some time in Houston, Texas with her family and eventually settled in Calgary. After graduating high school, she pursued a career in nursing. A committed city girl, she met Barry Christensen and they married in 1978. They moved to the homestead farm near Carseland in 1981. She transformed into an eager farm girl, raising two children and eventually a herd of about 50 Black Angus cattle. Since selling the cattle a few years ago, she enjoyed crochetting and knitting, spending time with the grandkids and relaxing a few weeks each winter in Maui. She especially enjoyed having morning coffees with her very close friend Janet. Debi is survived by her loving husband Barry; son Douglas (Megan), grandsons Kristian and Simon; daughter Joanna (Tyler); father Keith Rolfe (Angela) of Sydney, BC; brother Jay Rolfe (Margaret) of Victoria, BC and numerous other relatives. She was predeceased by her mother Anne Rolfe in 1991. A celebration of Debi’s life will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Lord of All Lutheran Church (Strathmore) at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Epilepsy Association of Calgary (4112 - 4 St. NW, Calgary, AB T2K 1A2) or (www.epilepsycalgary.com) in her memory. To send condolences, please visit Debi’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca

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FAY, Doreen Margaret

 

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Mom and Gran, Doreen Margaret Fay (nee Lyle) on Thursday December 22, 2016 at the age of 95. Doreen was born in Stettler, AB on July 2, 1921 to Jack and Hazel Lyle. She grew up in and around the Edberg/Buffalo Lake area with her 3 siblings. She left home to attend secretarial school at the Camrose College and there she met the love of her life, Langley Shirras (Pete) Fay. The newlyweds lived in Winnipeg while Pete was in the army and that is where their eldest daughter Ada Marie (Alan) was born. From Winnipeg the young family moved to the family farm at Laura Saskatchewan where 3 more daughters followed Carol (Rick), Nancy (Jack) and Candace (Jim). Doreen’s happiest times were spent on the farm until Pete’s untimely death in 1973. Doreen was “Gran” to 4 grandsons Aaron, Aric, Dylan and Sean as well as to 2 great-grandsons Zeke and Zane. Doreen and Pete were avid square dancers and Doreen continued to pursue that lifelong hobby well into her 80’s. She made so many friends and enjoyed such a healthy, active lifestyle thanks to square dancing. Doreen was a very artistic, creative person and an incredible seamstress. She dressed 4 daughters, numerous dolls and herself with such style and on a shoestring budget. She worked many different jobs in her long life but her best work was done as Mom. Doreen was small in stature but her friendly personality and quick wit made her stand out above the crowd. She loved to socialize but, she also cherished her quiet times with her books and listening to her music. Her ready smile, kind caring heart, encouraging way, and strong determination will be greatly missed. A celebration of Doreen’s life took place on Monday January 16th at Lord of All Lutheran Church (Strathmore) at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made directly to the Alzheimer Society of Calgary (201, 222-58 Ave. S.W., Calgary, T2H 2S3). To send condolences, please visit Doreen’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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GREGORY, Muriel Louise (nee Sutton)
February 11, 1933 - January 15, 2017

 

Muriel passed away peacefully in the early morning of January 15 just before her 84th birthday. Mom was born in Sceptre, Saskatchewan to Hilda and Stan Sutton and lived in various towns throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. She attended school in Hussar where she met Ralph. They were married on October 21, 1952. They started farming in Chancellor; then purchased land around Standard where they settled until 2001 when they then moved to Strathmore. Muriel was an active member of the Standard community, volunteering for many organizations; eventually achieving a Life-Time membership in the Standard Lionettes. Muriel was predeceased by her parents, brother George Sutton, son Patrick “Mike” Gregory, and granddaughter Jesse Gregory. She is lovingly remembered by her husband Ralph; children Terry-Ann Elder (Ronald) , Dan (Sharon), Robert (Lynn) and Brent (Kim);, ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the staff at Sagewood for the special care that Mom received throughout her stay. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at Hope Community Covenant Church (Strathmore) at 12:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Muriel’s name directly to “Memory Lane” payable to the Village of Standard (Box 249, Standard, AB, T0J 3G0). Messages of condolence may be left for the family by visiting Muriel’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca .

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GRON, Aage Poulsen “Paul”

 

Aage Poulsen Gron “Paul” peacefully passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Mary; their children Scott, Jeff (Mandy), Mark (Jillian) and Micheal (Kellie); and his grandkids, Carson, Kiersten, Kaia, Briar and Scottie. He is also survived by his sisters, Inga Hansen and Erna Sorensen as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was born the youngest of eight children in Raby, Denmark and was predeceased by his five brothers. Paul immigrated to Canada in 1957. After a year in Hamilton, he made his way to Alberta, finally settling in Calgary with an aunt and uncle, who were well known for helping Danish Immigrants settle in Calgary. Paul and Mary were married on New Year's Eve 1969. Paul worked for many years as a heavy-duty mechanic, primarily with Borgers Construction, and then later Standard General. In 1978 Paul fulfilled his dream and pioneering spirit to return the farming life. He and Mary purchased a quarter section of land in the Strathmore area. While the farm may have been small, Paul was able to be a capable, resourceful, and successful farmer. From growing grain and hay to raising chickens, goats, and cattle, Paul was adept at making the farm work, even during difficult times. As a farmer, he had the true pioneer spirit. He had an amazing way with animals, and was always quick to help a neighbour in need. Paul still took an active role in the operation of the farm today. In 2008 Paul and Mary retired into town to begin the next chapter of their lives. They enjoyed numerous trips to Arizona in the winters and yearly trips to Kananaskis Lodge with their friends. Paul took up hockey with the pensioners and senior curling. He always enjoyed a game of cards, especially his Tuesday crib game with his buddies. Paul had a nine-year battle with myelodysplasia and eventually leukemia. He never once complained or let chemotherapy and transfusions change his positive outlook on life. He was well versed in his disease and always optimistic about new research and findings. He battled cancer until his last breath. We are forever grateful to the amazing nurses at both the Peter Lougheed and Strathmore Hospitals and Sagewood for the care, compassion and friendship shown to Paul over the years. We would also like to thank Dr. Manocha for taking such a keen interest in his complex medical condition and to Dr Chatha for the compassion given to Paul in his final hours. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made directly to the Wheatland & Area Hospice Society (P.O. Box 2154, Strathmore, T1P 1K2). A funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at Lord of All Lutheran Church at 1:00 p.m. To send condolences, please visit Paul’s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca.

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HOLM, Gordon
November 24, 1929 ~ January 14, 2017

 

It is with sadness that Gordon’s family announce his peaceful passing at the Garrison Green Nursing Home on January 14, 2017 at the age of 87 years. Gordon will be lovingly remembered by Elsie, his wife of 51 years; his children Dale (Debbie), Keith (Janell), Neil (Angela), Colleen (Adam) and Lisa (Mike); thirteen grandchildren Carissa (Tom), Kirsten, Evinn, Mackenzie, Dustin, Jordan, Rori, Dylan, Cole, Katelyn, Isabelle, Sam and Ava; his sister Christine; sisters-in-law Joan, Gail and Sharon; and thirteen nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Anna and Kristian; and brothers Fred, Lars and Roy. Gordon grew up and farmed in the Hussar area for the first 70 years of his life, and retired to Calgary in 2000. Farming and family were his passions in life, and his family will miss him dearly. A Celebration of Gordon’s Life will be held in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home (1605 100 Street SE, Calgary, AB) on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. To express condolences please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca.

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BOLINGER, Margaret Elizabeth “Betty”
November 4, 1922 - January 7, 2017

 

Betty Bolinger passed away January 7, 2017 at the Prince of Peace Manor near Calgary at the age of 94 years. She was born at Ghost Pine Creek near Three Hills, Alberta on November 4, 1922 to parents Walter and Bessie Ticknor. Betty spent her early years on the family farm where she developed a lifelong love of nature, birds and animals. After graduating from Crescent Heights High School in Calgary, Betty attended Hepburn Business College excelling in calligraphy. While boarding in a home in Crescent Heights, Betty met her future husband, Mars Bolinger, who had rented the garage from her landlord. Married in 1943, Betty and Mars moved to a farm near Gleichen, Alberta in 1946 where they worked together as a team for sixty years. Their farm yard was a place of beauty admired by all. Betty’s many talents included gardening, sewing and stitchery. Betty especially enjoyed her years as a soloist and a charter member of the Gleichen and District Community Choir. Her beautiful soprano voice, often singing the obbligato, along with her acting, costume and set design brought enjoyment to many. Betty was predeceased by her husband Mars in 2004, sister Marjorie Dau in 1982 and son John in 1958. Betty is survived by her children Susan (Allan) Bragg of Standard, Alberta, Robert (Gwen) Bolinger of Gleichen, Donna-May Bolinger (Colin) of Sydney, Australia and Allen (Cindy) Bolinger of Gleichen. Grandchildren include Ross and David Bragg (Lisa), Isaac Bolinger (Sylvia), Emily (Kyle) Corner and Andrew Bolinger (Karen), Benton Bolinger-Dunagan, Stephanie, Vanessa, Nathan and Cassandra Bolinger and great granddaughter Summer Aberdeen Corner. Funeral services was held at Mountain View Funeral Home (1605 100 Street SE Calgary, AB) on January 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the War Amps 1 Maybrook Drive Scarborough, Ontario M1V 5K9 or www.waramps.ca. To express condolences, please visit www.mountainviewmemorial.ca

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CURRY,Lyall Alexander

 

With deep sadness I wish to announce the passing of my dear husband Lyall Alexander Curry on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the age of 94 years. Lyall was born, raised and continued ranching on his parents homestead at Square Deal, Alberta. Lyall was a kind,m generous person that loved world affairs, he was a political junkie and read “The Economist” from cover to cover for many years of his life. Lyall is survived by his loving wife Carol, sons Ed (Kris), Clayton (Jean), Greg (Rhonda), daughter Karen, 6 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, brother-in-law Sid Brander and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, sisters, Adele Robb, Ina Brander, and Leone Curry and brother-in-law Charlie Robb. At Lyall’s request there will be no funeral service. If friends so choose, please make donations to the Adele Curry Robb Scholarship Fund for students from the Special Areas attending Olds College. Please mail donations directly to: Adele Blanche Curry Robb Bursary, C/O Olds College, 4500 - 50 St., Olds, Ab T4H 1R6, Attn: Mary in Advancement. To send condolences, please visit Lyall,s obituary at www.wheatlandfuneralhome.ca