February 25th, 2021

FRIDAY, February 19, 2021

By Lethbridge Herald Obituaries on February 19, 2021.

Richard Alan Ambler

1958 – 2021

With broken hearts the Ambler family sadly announces the sudden passing of Richard Alan Ambler. In the early morning hours of Sunday, February 14th, 2021, Alan lost his short battle to cancer peacefully with loved ones at his side.

Alan was born on June 13th, 1958 in Lloyminster, Alberta to Raymond and Helen Ambler. During childhood, he grew up on a farm south of Lloydminster and went to school in Rivercourse and Paradise Valley. He went on to work for TELUS starting by climbing telephone poles to fix lines to becoming Field Service Manager in Lethbridge spanning 35 years with the company.

At an early age he fell in love with motorcycles and luxury vehicles, and by 14 years old he had his own 1970’s Suzuki 90 bike. Later graduating to a Husqvarna, Kawasaki, BMW, then finally a Harley Davidson. Besides motorcycles, he had a passion for beautiful cars. One of his fondest memories was begging his older sister Sheryl to take her car down the gravel road 100 metres to the farm’s gas tank to fill it up, allowing him to drive her Mustang for a mere 2 minutes. Al was only twelve.

Al continued these passions throughout his life, as well as his love for water skiing in the summer, creating too many amusing memories to count, and skiing in the winter where he shared times with so many people including, later, his children, by teaching them those hobbies at a young age.

Al was epitomized by an attitude of both optimism and wit, tools he used to brighten everyone’s days, including his own, whether in the good times or the bad. He will be remembered by and will live on in the many stories that he shared during social events, large and small, in his characteristic peaceful and relaxed manner, punctuated by his own memorable chuckle.

A truly memorable man who touched many lives, he will be survived through his wife Anna, daughters; Maggie and Samantha, and sisters; Sheryl and Jeanine. But so many more family members, friends, and colleagues who had the pleasure of sharing memories with such a kind-hearted, witty, and hilarious personality.

A celebration of life will be held off until the summer where it can be held on the family farm in Lloyminster, Alberta.

As Alan had a love for motorcycles and the community that follows, he was also a volunteer for Harley Davidson demo days. So rather than flowers, the family wishes you to make a donation to the Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA), Lethbridge Chapter, Box 22030 Henderson Lake. Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada T1K2S2, or the Canadian Cancer Society under Alan’s memory, 325 Manning Rd NE #200, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5.

“A loyal friend laughs at your jokes when they’re not so good,

and sympathizes with your problems when they’re not so bad.”

– Arnold H. Glasgow

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KENNETH BYRON BROWN, of Lethbridge, passed away peacefully at St. Michael’s Health Centre – Palliative Care Unit on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the age of 79 years.

A Service of Remembrance will be held at CORNERSTONE FUNERAL HOME at a later date. Service details will be announced at that time.

In memory of Ken, memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Lung Association (ab.lung.ca/donate).

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ADAM WILMER “SONNY” DELANEY passed away in Lethbridge on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the age of 67 years. A Viewing will be held at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 9:00 – 11:00 am followed by a Family Service at 11:00 am. (Due to COVID-19 – Limited people will be allowed in the building at a time.) Burial at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

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Chester Obadiah “Obie” Earl Archibald Ferris

August 2, 1982 – February 16, 2021

It is with profound grief and shock that we announce the sudden passing of Chester Obadiah “Obie” Ferris on Tuesday February 16, 2021 at the age of 38 years.

Obie was raised in Glenwood, Alberta. Except for a few short periods of time working or attending school elsewhere, he spent his life in Southern Alberta.

Obie was always up for an adventure and delighted in trying new things. He loved golfing and hiking, going to concerts with his friends, and he spent many summer days floating down the river with his kids and his friends. Obie worked hard his whole life, and though he never settled into one career, he enjoyed all of the different and various occupations he worked. Whether he was helping build or renovate houses, working concrete with the ‘Tollestrup Crew’, flying helicopters or, as in recent years, working on the McGlenn family farm, he could find the fun and the interesting in everything he did. But the truest joy he found in life was and always will be embodied in his four children.

Obie leaves behind his devoted wife Lacey (McGlenn), and their four children: Zona, Izack, Saphira and Kingston. He will be loved and missed by his parents, Brenda and Chester “Sonny” Ferris, his sisters Brenester “Brandie” (Greg) Sunley, nephew Jerrick and niece Gabriella; and Chessenda (Ryan) Harty; as well as his in-laws: June and Robert McGlenn, Jennifer (Edward) Pollard, and Meagan (Jared) Abrams, and their families.

He is also mourned by his half-siblings Hugh Ferris; Bill (Bridget) Swagar and their children Seranda and Reid; Tammie (Calvin) Haczkewicz and her children William (Ashley) Kiselicka and Patrick Kiselicka; Colleen (Bob) Ekland-Swagar and their children Garth and Kieran; and Steven (Sandra) Smith and their children Cheyanne, Kelsey and Courtney.

Obie will forever be fondly remembered by his numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many friends.

He was predeceased by his grandparents Earl and May Archibald, Chester Ferris, and Helen Howe, his aunt Judy Archibald, and his cousin Craig Alan Archibald. Right now, he’s very likely raising a glass with his best friend Jared “Joe” Carmichael while the two of them make plans to watch over us all for all the years to come.

Family and Friends are invited to call Martin Brothers Funeral Chapels at 403.328.2361 to book a time to see Obie on Monday, February 22, 2021 between 4:00pm and 8:00pm at the MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

A Private Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. The family invites those who wish to view the livestream at https://www.fhwebsites.org/YMB/obituary/CHESTEROBADIAHOBIE EARLARCHIBALD-FERRIS and scrolling to the bottom of the obituary.

In lieu of flowers, his wife and family request donations may be made in Obie’s name to: McMan Youth, Family and Community Services (www.mcmansouth.ca) or Moms Stop The Harm http://www.momsstoptheharm.com).

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Born: May 26, 1938 – Pincher Creek, AB

Died: Feb 17, 2021 – Lethbridge, AB

Parents: Ida and Henry Richardt (deceased); Siblings: Elmer Richardt (deceased), (Eva), Melvin Richardt (deceased), (Patricia – Theo); Children: Robert (Lori) Friesen, David Friesen, Glen Friesen (Elsie); Niece: Laura Sommerfeld; Grand children: Bryce (Danielle) Friesen, Deidra Friesen, Adam Friesen, Jacqueline Friesen; Great Grand Children: Parker, Denver.

In the late 1950’s the Richardt family moved to Fort Macleod. This is where Doreen would meet and marry Cleon. And raising 3 sons, Robert, David and Glen. Also working at numerous jobs including the Treasury branch, CIBC, also at FP Walshe school (cafeteria). She was involved in the Lutheran church, which was a major theme in her life. Around 1980 Doreen and Cleon moved to Lethbridge. And mom joined Immanuel Lutheran Church. For several years Doreen was employed at Green Haven Garden Centre.

Doreen took pride in learning to care for different types of plants that the greenhouse would have to supply. Another one of her favorite pass times was attending Bingo and playing Aggravation. After Cleon’s passing in 2013, Doreen took up travelling. Meeting and learning about relatives in Germany (2 trips). With failing health, she was accepted to St Therese villas and had been a resident for the past 3 years until her passing.

Funeral plans will be for the immediate family at this time. Memorial service gathering will be this spring/summer to be announced.

Live streaming of the service will be available starting at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 20, 2021 on Christensen Salmon Generation’s Funeral Home, page https://www.csgfh.ca/ and clicking the link below Doreen’s obituary.

To send condolences please visit http://www.generationsfh.ca.


CAROLE ANN HARVEY (née Largary) passed peacefully away at Good Samaritans-West Highlands, on Thursday, February 18, 2021, at the age of 75 years.

Cremation entrusted to Cornerstone Funeral Home.

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HOWARD SKOUSON HICKEN, husband of Ethel Wilson, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family on February 16, 2021 at the age of 101 years.

Friends are invited to meet the family on Saturday Evening Feb 20, 2021 from 6:00-7:00 pm. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints RAYMOND STAKE CENTRE (2 N 200 W, Raymond). Please contact Salmon and Sons Funeral Home if you plan on attending the Viewing. Masks are mandatory.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of LADEANE PRINCE HOGENSON of Cardston, AB. LaDeane passed away peacefully on Tuesday February 16th, 2021 at the age of 90.

She will be forever and fondly remembered by her children: Dwayne (Clara), Ross (Cory), Kathy Reimer, Brent (Jeannie)

14 Grandchildren, 29 Great Grandchildren, 2 Great Great Grandchildren. LaDeane enjoyed crafting, sewing, painting, genealogy and writing her history books. Most of all, LaDeane loved her family and friends, she would take any opportunity to spend time with everyone. She was very active in the LDS Church where she met so many wonderful people, most of which became her life long friends, she will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. To hear your voice, to see your smile, to sit with you and talk awhile, to be together in the same old way, would be our greatest wish today . . .

The Family would like to say a special Thank You to the wonderful staff at the Cardston Hospital Long Term Care Unit for your caring and compassion for Ladeane the past 5 years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke foundation.

Friends may meet the family at Legacy Funeral Home, Cardston on Tuesday, February 23 from 9:00 – 11:00 am and a Family Service will follow at 11:00 am. Interment in the Beazer Cemetery, Beazer, AB.

To WATCH the service Online or to send condolences please visit http://www.legacyfuneralhome.ca


1928 – 2021

George Walter Kokoski, beloved husband of the late Elizabeth (Beth) Kokoski, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2021 at the age of 92 years.

George is survived by his daughters Joyce McArthur (Scott), Sandra Hodge (Gary), former daughter-in-law Lois Kokoski; grandchildren Erin Shearer, Nicholas Shearer, Kate Kokoski Gould, Maggie Hodge Kwan and Natalie Hodge. He is also survived by his great grandchildren, Kada Omland and Sloane Gould.

George was predeceased by his wife Beth, his son Bryan Kokoski and his great grandson Jasper Kwan.

A private family viewing will be held at Christensen Salmon Generations Funeral Home on Friday, February 19, 2021.

George will be laid to rest alongside his wife at the Milk River cemetery in a private family graveside service on Monday, February 22, 2021.

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The family of Robert ‘Rob’ Legg announces with great sorrow his peaceful passing on Feb.11, 2021 at 70 yrs. of age. He bravely finished his fight with cancer at his home in Calgary, AB.

A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.

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Justin Christopher Lukenda

1990 – 2021

It is with heavy hearts we share with you the sudden passing of Justin Christopher Lukenda of Lethbridge, and eldest son of Brian and the late Lana Lukenda (Atchison) who passed away in 2011.

A private family Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am, on Friday, February 19, 2021 at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. The family invites those who wish to view the livestream at https://www.mbfunerals.com/ obituary/Justin-Lukenda and scrolling to the bottom of Justin’s obituary 15 minutes prior to service time.

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July 13, 1953 – February 12, 2021

GORDON JAMES MILLER of Milk River, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Chinook Regional Hospital with family at his side on Friday, February 12, 2021 at the age of 67 years.

A Private Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. with Father Andrew Pyon officiating.

The Funeral Mass will be livestreamed and may be accessed through Gordon’s obituary on the Cornerstone website.

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It is with heavy hearts we the family announce the sudden death of our dear son COLLIN JR MILLS “CJ” on February 15, 2021 at the tender age of 20 years.

He will be sadly missed by his family, parents Collin Sr Mills and Rose Gros Ventre Boy (Cutter); grandmothers Judy Mills and Mary Fox (Bird); brothers Kristian Fox, Atraol and Joseph Mills; sisters Raven Heavy Runner, Jesse Many Bears, Hailey and Payton Mills.

We will be having a candle light vigil on Saturday February 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm in Moses Lake. Funeral arrangements to be announced when complete.

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BETTY MORTON REID, beloved wife of the late Robert Reid, passed away peacefully at the Cedar Creek Adaptacare with family by her side, on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at the age of 98 years.

Funeral arrangements to be announced when completed.

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September 2, 1936

– February 15, 2021

Allen Earl Rice was born September 2, 1936, to Carl and Luella (Oviatt) Rice in Claresholm, Alberta. He was the oldest of six children; three brothers: Gordon (Carol), Neil, Ron (Lois) and two sisters: Gayle and Maureen.

Allen received a grade 11 education formally, but his education continued through life’s experiences. He valued self-reliance. This was evident in how he spent much of his time and energy. Around 1970 Allen built the home that he would raise his family in. In the succeeding years, he added a garage, shed including a root cellar and a greenhouse. He cut and split firewood annually to heat his home, and faithfully grew a big garden every year until 2014 when he had a stroke that paralyzed his left side.

Allen loved sports. He was a pitcher for the fastpitch team in the Claresholm area in his 30’s and in the years following spent much of his time watching basketball, baseball, football and hockey on the television. He also enjoyed the old west – everything about it. Not only did he enjoy western movies, but he loved to spend time target shooting at the local gun range. His nickname was Alleyoop also known as ‘Outlaw’ at the gun range.

Allen was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Allen was called to the Northern California mission and reported to the mission home August 21, 1957. When he returned two years later he worked at the Claresholm trailer factory out at the airport. While there a coworker invited him to a get-together where he met his bride-to-be, Linda Irene Neitz. They dated for a year and a half and were married on September 12, 1962, in Cardston, Alberta. During their courtship, he changed jobs and worked driving farm trucks and delivering groceries. This did not last, so he took a job doing survey work on a road crew at Steen River in northern Alberta. In 1967 Allen took a job at the Claresholm Care Center where he took on the role of barber and helped with other personal care needs until he retired at the age of 63.

Allen passed away peacefully due to a number of health complications in the Lethbridge Regional Hospital, February 15, 2021, with his wife nearby.

Allen was predeceased by his parents, a brother (Neil in 2015), a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter. Allen leaves behind his wife of 58 years and their six children: Terence (Maggie), Cameron (Tracy), Chad (Susan), Jeff (Serena), Darlene (Paul) Jensen and Becky Whetmore; 23 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date to accommodate the family.

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Joyce Van Dyk

1963 – 2021

On Friday, February 12, 2021, surrounded by her loving family, Joyce Van Dyk was called home by her Lord and Savior following a lengthy nine-year battle with cancer, at the age of 57.

A private Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 19th, 2021, at Martin Brothers Riverview Chapel. The service will be livestreamed and can be accessed through Joyce’s obituary on the Martin Brothers website https://www.mbfunerals. com/obituary/Joyce-VanDyk

In lieu of flowers, those who so desire can make donations in memory of Joyce to Compassion Canada 985 Adelaide St S, London, ON N6E 4A3, or the Canadian Cancer Society, 325 Manning Rd NE #200, Calgary, AB T2E 2P5.

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Wayne McNamara, beloved husband of 64 years (so close to 65), of Jean, peacefully passed away Tuesday February 16, 2021.

Wayne is survived by his wife Jean of 64 years and 6 beautiful children, 11 Grandchildren and 13 Great Grandchildren.

Jerry (Ann): Sheri (Terry) – Oliver; Dean – Kylie, Claire; Tammy (Phil) – Chloe, Peter. Mickey (Janie): Carly (Jared) – Coming in July. Pam (Brian): Jesse – Braydon, Kory; Tyler (Toni-Anne) – Nova Lynn. Kevin (Colleen): Samantha (Logan) – Ty, Kate, Audrey; Spencer (Raquel) – Harvey. Daylene (Ole): Nathan. Trevor (Carmen): Kyle (Ciara) – Bryson, Coming in May; Nick.

Wayne was predeceased by his brother Clifford and one Grandson David.

Wayne had an amazing life, born in Rockglen Saskatchewan and grew up in Kincaid, where he started his work life as a Mercantile Man shortly after getting married. The next career move was to Moose Jaw to become a Surveyor. Finally, Wayne found his true work calling in flooring, starting in Regina at Craklin Carpet where he became a wholesale representative for Kennidy’s. This set him up for his move to Lethbridge to become the Head Sales Manager at Revelstoke. In 1993, Wayne and family, moved to Medicine Hat, to assist two of his sons, Jerry and Kevin, to establish Creative Floor Coverings. In 2000, Wayne retired and returned to Lethbridge. Wayne then was instrumental in assisting two more sons, Trevor and Mickey, to establish their own flooring business, McNamara Carpet Gallery, which they later sold but then opened Flooring Superstore 5 years later.

Wayne has created a great legacy in the Family Flooring Business, which included all. They each had their own niche from Mom (Jean) gluing down carpet, the four boys (Jerry, Mickey, Kevin and Trevor) owning their businesses, Pam and Daylene assisting with installs. Wayne was immensely proud of this legacy he unknowingly was creating and continues as there are already four grandchildren in the flooring business, which Wayne has encouraged them to do and they are all very successful.

Wayne didn’t take retirement laying down. He had so many passions but making people happy had to top the list. He spent hours perfecting his homemade bread, which he would use for horse trading for goods at the Farmers Market and for getting favors/chores done at home . Wayne would make up to 14 loaves of his delicious bread per week. He also did this with his famous homemade jams. Wayne also was extremely passionate about his garden and yard. Each spring he would start over 70 tomato plants, which he took so much pride in. This gave him his nickname of “Tomato Man” which he wore as a badge of honor. Twice a week, you couldn’t stop him if you tried, Wayne would go and play in a crib tournament with a great group of friends, no matter the weather. In the summer, you could find Wayne at 40 Mile camping and socializing. He literally seemed to know everyone.

A special Thank You to Doctor Dalphond, for her amazing care she gave to Wayne. Doctor Low for his treatment and care of Wayne’s heart. The pharmacists at both Costco and Norbridge, for all the time and compassion for Wayne. Thank you.

Wayne’s Love For Life and People was infectious, he was never scared to talk to anyone or give a hug and a kiss.

Thank you for all the love and support via Facebook and phone calls. He would LOVE that! Due to Covid restrictions, there will be a celebration of life to be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice (heart and stroke, animal shelter, etc…) or plant a tomato plant in honor of Wayne McNamara.


Richard ‘Clayton’ Woo, age 63, passed away peacefully, February 14, 2021, surrounded by the love of family and friends.

He will forever be remembered as a kind and gentle soul, whose positivity touched many lives.

Never regret a day in your life:

Good days give happiness,

Bad days give experience,

Worst days give lessons,

And best days give memories.

Clayton and his wife Lesley extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Koegler and the entire staff of St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit. Your endless support throughout our journey will always be cherished.

As per Clayton’s request, no funeral service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Clayton loved all animals. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an animal charity of your choice.

Condolences can be sent to http://www.evergreenfh.ca

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