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THOMPSON Kelvin Lee

THOMPSON Kelvin Lee

THOMPSON, Kelvin Lee
May 20, 1960 - November 26, 2013


Kelvin Lee Thompson (known to most as Lee) passed away suddenly in Drumheller, Alberta on November 26, 2013 at the age of 53 after a long and courageous battle with heart disease.  Lee was born in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on May 20, 1960.  He moved to Alberta when he was a young man of twenty years old and worked in the oil and gas industry for more than thirty years.  He was a mentor in his trade to a great many people and was respected by all who knew him in the industry.  Lee was a warm and generous person who was well loved by his family and numerous friends.  He loved people and was very social and his big hearty laugh could be heard often.  Lee donated to many charities throughout his life and sponsored three children through World Vision.   He loved to golf and spent a great deal of his time playing the Drumheller golf course as well as travelling to various other golf courses throughout his life.  Lee loved to read and write in his spare time and was an avid Saskatchewan Roughrider’s fan. He was predeceased by his father David (1992).  He is survived by his mother, Betty Thompson (Sandy), his brother Laurie (Tammalyn), niece Jessie, nephew Corey, cousin and close friend Dale Hawkins, cousin and close friend Rudy Sonmor, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, best friend Ron Barr and countless friends.  A celebration of Lee’s life will be held on Saturday December 7, 2013 at the Community Hall in Hoosier, Saskatchewan at 1:00 p.m. (Saskatchewan time). Donations can be made in Lee’s memory to World Vision.

SMITH Howard Alfred Ludor

SMITH Howard Alfred Ludor

Smith, Howard Alfred Ludor
June 30, 1921 - November 24, 2013


Smith, Howard Alfred Ludor, aged 92, passed away November 24, 2013 at the Drumheller Health Centre Continuing Care. Howard was born June 30, 1921 in Winchester, England, son of Emma and Charles Smith. He came to Canada with his mother in 1923, moving to Alberta in 1926. Howard married Marion Teeple of Camrose, July 3, 1943 and together they raised four sons in Drumheller. Howard worked in the Red Deer Valley Coal Mine for seventeen years. Later he went on to work for the Alberta Brewers Agents in both Drumheller and Calgary until his retirement in 1986. In 1987 he moved to Carbon and then to Three Hills, eventually returning to Drumheller in 2012. Howard often spoke of his enjoyment of fly fishing. Also, the wellness and care of animals was a deep concern of his, giving special attention to family pets and many species of birds, mastering many of their calls with his whistling. He was happiest when doing something with his hands; especially construction projects around the house and making and gifting unique log-cabin birdhouses. Drives to neighbouring towns and visits with people he knew was a favourite pastime. Howard relished great conversation and always had plenty of interesting stories to tell. In his youth, he played piano and he developed a love of music that spanned from Opera to Country. Among Howard’s musical favourites were Gene Autry and Wilf Carter. Howard is survived by his sons, Meredith (Lynda), Terry (Vivian), Mark (Vickie), Kevin (Elaine), seven grandchildren, Cinnamon (Dennis), Lorne (Kara), Keri, Jennifer, Gregory (Marlena), Michael and Bo, and eight great-grandchildren, and also, dearest friend Donnie Church.
At Howard’s request there will be no funeral service. In spring there with be a gathering of family and friends at the Drumheller Municipal Cemetery, for a time of remembering and the interment of ashes. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Drumheller & District Humane Society, P.O. Box 1474, Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y0 or a humane society of your choice.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Drumheller Health Centre, for the attention given to Howard while a resident there. Condolences may be forwarded through Courtney Winters Funeral Home, 199 2nd Street West, Box 2248, Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y0 or email www.courtneywintersfuneralhome.ca

CHRISTIANSON Lawrence

CHRISTIANSON Lawrence

CHRISTIANSON, Lawrence
July 1, 1931 – November 16, 2013


Lawrence, known by most people as “Chris” or “Barney” passed away on November 16th, 2013 at the age of 82.  Chris leaves with his passing, his loving wife Virginia, brother Lloyd; sister Gloria Ataide; Sons Cameron (Sharlene) and Rory (Lana); Grandchildren Brooke (Stephanie), Blair (Kylee), Crystal (Jesse), Chelsy (Jodie), Rory Jr., Kendra, Braden, and Rayna; Great Grandchildren Avery, Holden, Weston, Maddox and Parker. Chris was born in Calgary Alberta on July 1, 1931 and grew up in Calgary at the Booth Memorial home along with his brother and sister. Chris was a determined and industrious young man and in his early twenty’s he left Calgary to seek new opportunities, landing a job in Drumheller working for Gulf Oil where he met his wife Virginia. Chris and Virginia were married in 1955 and finally settled in Stettler in 1956. Chris spent 23 years working with Gulf Oil, all the while, managing businesses on the side including the Western Gem Hotel in Drumheller.  Chris finally quit Gulf Oil and went into business for himself in 1971 starting a mobile home dealership and later ventured into real estate and motels where he enjoyed success working along side his family.  Chris was a very charming, social and fun loving spirit and those who knew Chris would always light up at the opportunity to chat with him because a conversation with Chris guaranteed a good hardy laugh.  Chris was everyone’s friend and he was known widely for his good sense of humor. He loved to visit with everyone at social and family gatherings. Chris and Virginia retired in 1989 and spent their winters in Arizona where they lived on a golf course and enjoyed golf and happy hour every day for nearly twenty years.  Summers were spent enjoying his family and grandchildren, following Rory and his family on the race circuit, and puttering around Rory’s shop.  Chris will be dearly missed by his friends and family; Chris’ wonderful spirit, and our memories of him will forever bring inspiration and smiles to us all. Funeral services were held on Monday, November 25, 2013 at the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Reverend Ross Helgeton officiating. Grandson Blair Christianson gave a loving tribute to those in attendance of the love him and the grandchildren shared with their grandfather. Family and friends gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of fellowship and a luncheon. Condolences may be viewed or sent to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army – Drumheller Ministry. Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.  For further information please call 403-742-3422.