January 23rd, 2021

SATURDAY, July 23, 2016

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on July 25, 2016.

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BENJAMIN CALF ROBE passed away in Moses Lake, Blood Reserve on July 15, 2016 at the age of 33 years.

A Wake Service will be at the Moses Lake Gym on Sunday, July 24th from 7:00 p.m. all night. The Funeral Service will be at the Moses Lake Gym on Monday, July 25th at 11:00 a.m. Interment in Pioneer Cemetery

Send condolences to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


It is with great sadness that we inform you of Drew Anthony Woolf’s passing. He was born to A. Bryce Woolf and Patricia J. Hanifl Woolf in Provo, Utah on March 15, 1973. He died on July 12, 2016. He leaves his wife of 17 years, Milka (Billa) Singha, his brother Wade Matthew Woolf, his sister Tricia Lee Woolf, her husband Charles Travis Blood, Drew’s twin niece and nephew, Charlee and Brolin, his auntie Carol Desjarlais and her children. Drew was predeceased by his grandparents Andrew B. Woolf, Norma G. Smith Woolf, Frank J. Hanifl and Thelma F. Felton Hanifl. Drew’s younger years were spent in Lethbridge until grade eight. His family then moved to Cardston, Alberta. He played football for Cardston High School. They won the provincial championship in his senior year. He also played minor hockey in Cardston and junior hockey with the Kainai Golden Chiefs. Along with his brother, Wade, he played American Legion Baseball for the Fort Macleod Royals. Drew graduated in 1991. He then attended North Dakota State University-Bottineau on a baseball scholarship. He also played hockey there for two years. Later he attended NDSU Fargo where he played hockey for the Bison. After university he was selected to coach the NDSU Women’s Hockey team. The team improved greatly under his hockey knowledge and coaching skills. He then continued to coach minor hockey in Fargo. In all, he coached for 17 years and it was his great passion. Drew loved and is loved by his Woolf and Singha families. He enjoyed spending time with all his nieces and nephews. He was hard working, had a quiet strength and determination to overcome his health issues. He was a good man that made loyal friends and lived life to the fullest with optimism. His interests included his work, fishing, technology, chess, and science fiction. He read books by Stephen Hawking. He enjoyed barbecuing, fireworks and the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was proud of his ancestral heritage. We believe he is already fishing with Grandpa! We will miss him and love him forever.

In lieu of a funeral/memorial service – condolences, photos, and stories can be shared with family by emailing to: drewsmemorial@hotmail.com

Helen Dikun

1940 – 2016

Mrs. Helen Dikun, beloved wife of the late Mike Dikun, passed away at the Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the age of 76 years. Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

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HURLBURT, Kenneth E. 1928 – 2016

Ken Hurlburt was born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1928 to Hannah and Orval Hurlburt and grew up during the depression in Milk River. No stranger to hard work, he was picking up odd jobs as early as seven years old, not for spending money, but to help his family get by. Through his teenage years, you could find him completely engaged and working wherever and whenever he could at the local stockyards. The seed for his life’s work was planted. After a year working with a crew surveying the Mackenzie Highway in the North West Territories, Ken headed back to Lethbridge hoping to pick up the cattle business where he left off. In the forties, the concept of selling livestock by auction was gaining popularity and the drovers’ era of private sales was coming to an end. Ken and a partner formed their own cattle buying company, bought an old truck and worked the country, buying one cow at a time. It was about this time, on a blind date arranged by her brother, (auctioneer Ted Newby) that Ken met a dark haired beauty named ReNée Newby, daughter of auctioneer Jack Newby and his wife Cora. Ken loved to say “I met her on the 25th of May, we were engaged on the 25th of June and married on the 5th of September. I knew she was perfect.” This September would have marked Ken and ReNée’s 67th wedding anniversary. In 1952 foot and mouth disease struck, and the cattle industry was in crisis. Determined, Ken set his sights on a new career, and with a $500 loan, a wife and two babies, he enrolled in auction school at Western College of Auctioneering in Billings, Montana. He was honoured to become the first Canadian appointed to the teaching staff of that college. Ken and ReNée settled in Lethbridge where their family grew to include six children: Jody (Ted Thaell), Brant (Patty), Darcee (Bruce Robertson), Kim (Kim Tillsley), Thane (Joy) and Heath (Dallas). Word of Ken’s talent spread quickly. He sold for Calgary Public Stockyards Mondays through Thursdays, for Pincher Creek Community Auctions on Fridays and Medicine Hat and Walsh on Saturdays. He was asked to consult with the St. Boniface, Manitoba Stockyards which at that time, was the largest livestock sales yard in the British Commonwealth. They operated six concurrent sales rings and to help turn their new but struggling auction facilities around, Ken commuted by train from Alberta for two years. Ken pioneered the concept of selling land by auction in Alberta; over 50 years ago he sold 26 sections of land near Foremost by auction. He sold such prestigious sales as the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto from 1958-1961, North America’s Largest Bull Sale in Calgary, and the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver where he sold the record high priced Angus bull at $10,000 for E.P. Taylor. Along with partners, Ken opened Fort Macleod Auction Market Ltd. in 1960, the Highwood Livestock Auction in High River in 1984 and Pincher Creek and Cranbrook Auction Markets in 1993. He served as President of the Fort Macleod Rodeo Association from 1960-1966, President of Alberta Auction Markets from 1963-1965, served on the Livestock Marketing (International) Association for three terms, was a Calgary Stampede Lifetime Alumnus, and judged both the World Auctioneers’ and the Calgary Stampede Auctioneers’ Championships. Ken was mayor of Fort Macleod for four years, and was twice elected Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament from 1972-1979. He was named Honorary Chief Ermine Horn of the Piikani Nation’s Black Horse Society. In 2012, Ken was inducted into the Livestock Marketing Association of Canada’s Hall of Fame. He was also the proud recipient of numerous medals for outstanding community service for ‘people whose actions have benefited their fellow Canadians’: 1967 Alberta Achievement Award 1974 RCMP Scroll 1977 Queen’s 25th Anniversary Medal 1992 Commemorative Medal 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, 2005 Alberta Centennial Medal 2003 Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal Ken and ReNée moved their family to Fort Macleod in the sixties – the home of the family ranch – where he was always humbled by where their hard work and devotion had brought them. He was a very grateful man; always singling out ReNée, awed by her steadfastness and faith in him. Ken Hurlburt was one of those people who made a difference – to his family, to his profession and to his country. He was highly skilled at what he did; he had a great affection for people, an engaging sense of humour and an infectious laugh. His diplomatic and marketing skills were exemplary. He was a visionary; dedicated and determined. He had a legendary work ethic and his accomplishments are rivalled only by the incredible volume of loving memories held forever in the hearts of his six children, their husbands and wives, twenty grandchildren, their husbands and wives and twenty-seven great grandchildren. Ken was predeceased by his older brother Tom Hurlburt of Sacramento, California and is also survived by his twin sister Kathryn Hurlburt of Fort Macleod. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Church, 220 – 20 Street, Fort Macleod, Alberta on Monday July 25, at 2:00 pm, with a reception to follow at the Fort Macleod Auction Market, 813 – 14 Street, Fort Macleod, Alberta. Condolences may be forwarded to leslie@hurlburtrock.com The Hurlburt Family would like to express their great appreciation to Dr. Steven Beekman for his gentle and compassionate approach to Ken’s care. They also extend a warm thank you to the staff at Fort Macleod Extendicare whose daily kindnesses were always noticed and made every day just a little brighter. Memorials in Ken’s name shall be gratefully accepted by the Fort Macleod HandiBus Society, PO Box 881, Fort Macleod, Alberta T0L 0Z0, or a charity of your choice.


PETER KNELSEN, beloved husband of Sharon Knelsen, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 at the age of 74 years.

Besides his loving wife of 51 years, Sharon, he is survived by his children Karen Alexander of Lethbridge, Antonia (Darin) Lofgren of Lethbridge and Miriam (Jim) Wiebe of Guelph, ON. Grandchildren: Derek (Cassie) Alexander, Devon (Jessica) Alexander, Brittany (Daniel) Newton, Alicia (Kevin) Vanderwal, Ryan Lofgren, Stephanie Lofgren, Jordan Wiebe and Megan Wiebe, great-grandchildren: Kessiah, Mckeayla, Emily, Levi and Brynlee. Peter was blessed to have a large family and is survived by numerous extended relatives, too numerous to mention.

Peter was pre-deceased by his sister Beth Richardson-Kalinka.

Peter spent a large part of his life in a farming career in southern Alberta and retired from it in 2004. Peter loved his wife, children and his grandchildren with all his heart and truly enjoyed playing almost any kind of musical instrument for anyone who would listen. He was an accomplished carpenter, making everything from cradles and musical instruments to complete chess sets. Peter was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

A Visitation will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME – 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB. on Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 P.M.

A Funeral Service will be held at the MENNONITE CONFERENCE CHURCH – 2316 17th Street, Coaldale, AB. on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Pastor Jim Chapman officiating. A Private Family Interment will be held prior to the Funeral Service.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com

Jenny Kooiker

1951 – 2016

Mrs. Jenny Kooiker (nee Prummel) beloved wife and best friend of John Kooiker for almost 46 years, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the age of 65 years. A Private family interment will take place. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, July 25, 2016 at MARANATHA CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 260 McGill Blvd W, Lethbridge, AB with Pastor Andrew Joosse, officiating.

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MABLE MARGARET KURUTZ, of Lethbridge, beloved wife of John Kurutz for the last 65 years, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, knowing she was loved, at the St. Michael’s Health Centre, on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 at the age of 86 years, four days short of her 87th Birthday.

Funeral arrangements will be announced once completed.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


JULIAN RANDAL LEIPPY passed away peacefully at St. Therese Villa in Lethbridge at 5:30am July 21st.

Julian was born November 20, 1928, in Weyburn, Saskatchewan. He is survived by his wife Jean of 64 years, his two youngest children, as well as grand and great grandchildren.

The LDS church was a large part of his life and he held many positions in the church over the decades.

Julian worked in automotive body repair for 35 years. He then retired, got himself a homestead and began to build. After a massive heart attack in 1995 on Valentine’s Day, and a triple bypass, he realized he had to really retire.

Julian and Jean settled in Raymond, Alberta where they lived a full and contented life for over a decade until they moved to Lethbridge where he passed.

At Julian’s request, no formal funeral service will be held. A graveside service will be held at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Weyburn, Saskatchewan on Tuesday, July 26 at 3:00pm.

A heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at St. Therese Villa on 2 East for the compassionate care our father received in his final days.

He lived a good life and will be missed and remembered.

Mary Hubbard

1922 – 2016

Mrs. Mary Hubbard, beloved wife of the late Alfred Hubbard, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016 at the age of 93 years. A PRIVATE family viewing will be held. A Funeral Service will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at the LETHBRIDGE SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH, 2606 -16th Ave. S. Lethbridge, AB, with Pastor Mike Lemon officiating.

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Vilo LAREE Mowers (Adams), of Coaldale passed away peacefully at the St. Michaels Palliative Care Centre on Sunday July 17, 2016 at the age of 75 years.

She is lovingly remembered by her children: Stephen (Debra) Mowers of Medicine Hat and AvaMay (Bill) Marlow of Airdrie. She is also survived by her grandchildren Justin (Danielle) Mowers, Jolayne (Nikolas) Miller; Jodi Mowers; as well as Logan and Layne Marlow. Special extended family near and far; many old and new friends, who were very near and dear to her, and so many wonderful memories of years gone by were reminisced heartfully with many smiles and laughter over the past short months since her illness.

LaRee was born on February 27, 1941 in Lethbridge Alberta to LaVor and Mildred Adams.

As a young girl her love of music with voice lessons, piano and organ studies became one of her lifelong defining characteristics.

In 1961 LaRee met her husband Ray Mowers working at Canada Packers and in the fall of 1966 Ray and LaRee took over the family grain farm in Glenwood, Alberta. During the next 24 years; raising a family in a close knit farming/ranching community gave LaRee much pride and gratitude. Gardening, with huge vegetable crops; vast and varied flower beds; and involvement within the community (contributing to the Glenwood Gleanings paper) as well as bus driving and her work at the United Irrigation District also culminated in her contributions to the history book of this institution; were tirelessly completed with pride. Again her musical contributions were demonstrated as one of the founding members of the “Harmonettes’ a local singing group who quickly became well known for the harmonies, laughter, and beautiful sounds within the community over the many years.

In 1990 LaRee and Ray retired to Coaldale where her gardening, music, and involvement of helping other’s continued. The summers were spent at Spider Lake Springs on Vancouver Island; ocean fishing, berry picking and canning for SO many of us to enjoy the labor of love these activities brought to LaRee – along with tending the ‘community gardens’ at the resort. In the winter LaRee’s gift to ensure that many close cousins, friends, and neighbors were cared for in their ‘latter years’ was a loving gift she maintained as a priority, no matter the need. Her love for her grandchildren was always evident; ensuring that she never missed a swim meet, hockey or baseball game, recital, lake and boating day, graduation or birthday; no matter where she had to travel to see any one of her five grandchildren was a blessing each of them will cherish.

After Rays passing in 2001, LaRee became even more involved with her church; a steadfast member of the choir, learning the handbells and volunteering her time tirelessly with the ‘kitchen gang’ and ‘decorating group’; filled her days. LaRee’s circle of friends both old and new: farm, island, and city – knew of her hard work and dedication to “serving” all those that she could leaving a positive reflection for all of us to cherish.

In lieu of flowers, LaRee and her family request your consideration of a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The family would like to sincerely thank ALL of the staff and care givers at the St. Michael’s Palliative Care Centre. Your respect, time, and caring nature was truly a blessing in the few short months we got to know you all, and the care you provided to LaRee, so very much appreciated.

A celebration of LaRee’s life will be held at the SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011 – 4th Ave. South, Lethbridge, on Tuesday, July 26th at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. James Grunden officiating. A luncheon will be held immediately after.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


VALERIE POULIN, of Lethbridge, passed away at St. Michael’s Care Centre on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the age of 65 years.

She was born in Toronto, Ontario, on June 14, 1951. Valerie was a gifted and passionate grandmother and scrapbooker. Her greatest love, however, was her Lord and Saviour Jesus, who she served through her beloved church as an active member of the St. Martha’s Catholic Church community.

Valerie is survived by her sister Bev (Jack) Mayes, her children, Vanessa Poulin, Lindsay (Shawn) Klein, Danny (Mel) Poulin and Jesse Poulin as well as 11 grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to a Prayer Service at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB., on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. with Deacon Michael Pollard officiating.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MARTHA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 355 Columbia Blvd. West, Lethbridge, AB., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Roque Pereira, Celebrant.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


Mr. Ernest (Ernie) Shewchuk, a 51 year member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 496, passed away July 18, 2016. The Officers, Members & Staff extend their deepest sympathy.



GERALD “JERRY” EDMUND TRUSCOTT, of Lethbridge, beloved husband of Margaret Truscott, passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit, on Monday, July 18th, 2016 at the age of 82 years.

Along with his wife Marg, he is lovingly remembered by his stepdaughter Leslie (Jim) Lyon and stepson Brent Killins; grandchildren, Kyle Morrice, Courtney McDonald, Cassidy Lyon, Kaylee Moline (Josh Day Chief) and Cooper Lyon; great-grandson R.J. Moline; sister Joyce “Dode” (Ken) Cunningham and brother Ken (Nancy) Truscott; nieces, Laurie (Tony) Carpenter, Lana Tate, Cynthia (Lonne) Culhane, Kristin (Kurt) Phippen and Sienna Aeillo; nephews, Jason Aeillo and Cameron Sorensen (Brigette Fidler). Jerry was also known as “Uncle Jerry” to the Elmore family.

He was predeceased by his parents, George Edmund Truscott and Dorothy (nee Craig) Truscott, stepmother Ruby (Cox) Truscott and his “ant”, Ethel Truscott as well as his very good friends, nephew-in-law Doug Tate and brother-in-law Don Watson.

Jerry was born on April 22, 1934 at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon, SK. He lived in Tessier, SK until he graduated. Jerry obtained his B of Ed from the U of S while working as a surveyor. He taught school at Indian Head, Yorkton and Saskatoon, SK before moving to Lethbridge in 1963. Jerry taught math at LCI and WCHS over the next 26 years. In 1964, he earned his private pilot’s license and was still hoping to skydive this year.

Jerry and Marg met at a Lethbridge Bronco hockey game and later found out it was “a setup” by mutual friends. He always joked that they all still remained friends. Jerry and Marg married in 1978 and over many years, were active supporters of the Bronco/Hurricane teams as season ticket and shareholders. They enjoyed playing crib, Mexican Train and Hearts when they got together with Jerry’s dad, sister and brother. Jerry and Marg had good years of travelling, spending time with friends and were happy just hanging out together at home; still holding hands after over 37 years together.

Jerry had a great interest in WWI and WWII history and travelled to Europe several times. He also loved collecting, telling “Jerry” jokes, reading, cars, beer, peanut butter and apple pie. His favourite song was “Imagine” by John Lennon. He was a diehard Rider fan for over 50 years and a proud owner of “One Class A Share”.

His greatest joy was watching his grandchildren grow up. Jerry cheered them on in all of their endeavours and encouraged them to get a good education. He taught them to play crib and they all tried their best to beat the “master”. His great-grandson RJ, brought him much joy and he loved RJ’s drawings.

Jerry was a big man with a big voice and heart. He faced cancer with a positive attitude and this carried over to the Palliative Care Unit, where he continued to be his cheerful, joking self. He appreciated the staff and called them all by their first names.

Thank you to all the doctors and caretakers who were involved in Jerry’s care. You were exceptional. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Colin Walsh for your daily visits with Jerry; they brought him so much comfort.

A Celebration of Life with family and friends will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Jerry, donations are gratefully accepted to the St. Michael’s Health Centre, Palliative Care Unit, 1400-9th Ave South, Lethbridge, AB, T1J 4V5.

To send a condolence, please visit http://www.cornerstonefuneralhome.com


KATHRYN EHLERT WILSON, passed away in Raymond, Alberta on Friday, July 22, 2016 at the age of 64 years, beloved wife of Robert Wilson.

Funeral arrangements will be announced when completed.

Send condolences to: http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


TOM WITBECK of Raymond passed away in the Taber Hospital on Friday, July 22, 2016. Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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