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HUNTER, Ronald Campbell (Chief)

January 14, 1938 - July 27, 2014

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Ron C. Hunter on July 27, 2014 at the Drumheller Health Centre with his family by his side. Ron was born on January 14, 1938 to John & Grace Hunter in Drumheller, Alberta.  Ron was a twin and one of 10 children.  He grew up in the rural Delia/Michichi area.  Life on the Hunter farm was busy with numerous chores, there was even time for Ron and his brothers to sing in their quartet at various country functions.  Ron took his schooling at the Sunbeam School, a one room school house north of Delia.  Upon completion of school, Ron had many varied jobs, before settling in his career at the tire shop.  In May of 1959, Ron married Shirley Wilson.  To this union, there were six children born, Jordan, Darcy, James, Darwin, Kyle, and Twyla.  Ron had a special and well thought out nickname for each and every one of his children, in fact Ron had a nickname for many people that he knew well.  Ron and Shirley raised their children in their home in Nacmine, where they still reside.  Ron loved his wife, his children and his grandchildren, he enjoyed bowling, playing ball with “The Fountain Tire Fossils”, playing hockey, maintaining his yard, watching his sports on T.V., and music.  Over his life, he enjoyed being involved in many community activities such as being a counsellor for I.D. #7, and a volunteer firefighter. Ron worked hard in life, he ran his business with precision, professionalism, and pride.  Ron finished up his working career as a funeral director at Courtney-Winters Funeral Home, then from his home he ran R.S. Memorials. Ron will be sadly missed by his wife, Shirley, sons, Jordan (Michelle), Darcy (Marcie, Matthew, Jeffrey, and Colin), James (Paul), Darwin (Delaney & Fynlee), Kyle (Andrea, Rowan), daughter, Twyla (Dave, Kobe & McKenna), 2 sisters, 3 brothers, numerous nieces, nephews and a lifetime of friends. A private family graveside service will be held Friday. The family wishes to invite everyone to the Nacmine Hall, Friday, August 1, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. to share stories, memories of Ron and a light lunch. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Ron to the Alberta Lung Association / C.O.P.D. or the charity of one’s choice.  Courtney-Winters Funeral Home are in care of the arrangements.

LEONHARDT Brian Robert

Leonhardt, Brian Robert

October 7, 1959 - June 17, 2014

Brian passed away suddenly in Brooks, Alberta on June 17, 2014 at the age of 54 years. Brian was born to Lawrence and Agnes Leonhardt on October 7, 1959. He grew up on the family farm in Verdant Valley and attended school there until grade 8, then graduated from high school in Drumheller in 1978. From there he attended Olds College taking Agricultural Mechanics and Farm and Ranch Management. Brian was a member of the Drumheller 4-H Beef Club and enjoyed wood working. A highlight for Brian was socializing with family and friends and attending dances. Brian was Baptized and Confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Drumheller. For most of Brian’s adult life he lived and worked in Brooks. Brian was predeceased by his parents, his sister Lori-Anne McCabe and brother-in-law Veryle McCabe. He is survived by his nieces Anne-Marie and Nytasha McCabe, one aunt Helen Klimek and numerous cousins. A memorial service for Brian will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Drumheller, AB. If so desired, donations may be made to: Grace Lutheran Church Stained Glass Fund, 620 2 Avenue West, Drumheller, AB, T0J 0Y3.


GIECK, nee Cardamone Angela Maria (Butt)

July 11, 1930 - July 14, 2014

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Angela Maria Gieck, our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on July 14, 2014 at Drumheller Continuing Care (Victoria Lane), surrounded by her family. She was born in Haynes, Alberta and moved to Drumheller with her family at an early age and lived in Drumheller for the rest of her life. Angela was predeceased by her husband David Gieck (2007), her parents Agostino and Francesca Cardamone, her brother and sister-in-law Tony and Noemi Cardamone, her sister and brother-in-law Kay and Mario Blasetti. She is survived by her loving children, Cathy (Bob) Chambers of Morrin, Ed Butt of Morrin, Tony (Cathy) Butt of Drumheller, her grandchildren Mark Chambers, Chris (Deanna) Chambers, Melanie (Ryan) Monaco, Jenna (Wes) Leath-Watson, Michael (Monica) Butt, Tyler Butt and Brittany Butt, her great-grandchildren Malachi, Kerric, Kaelin, Tyson, Tanner, Julia and Cali, her brother and sister-in-law Joe and Anna May Cardamone, and many nieces and nephews. Angela enjoyed working with the public at North Drum Grocery, Anderson Drugs and Jennifer’s Fashions until her retirement. Family was everything to her. She donated many evenings and weekends babysitting her grandchildren with Dave’s help for 7 years. She especially enjoyed family get-togethers, picnics, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. She was interested in all the grandchildren’s activities and travelled to many hockey games and tournaments. She treated all the kid’s friends as extended family. She enjoyed camp-outs at Pine Lake, the trips to Ft. McMurray and Kelowna with each of the families and spending time at the farm riding around on the machinery especially at seeding and harvest. Dave taught her to fish and they spent many days fishing and travelling in the motorhome to B.C. and Pine Lake. Angela was a life member of the CWL and a member of the Sewing Circle and enjoyed their many get-togethers. She will be missed by all who loved and knew her. We wish to thank Dr. Maseka, the staff of the Drumheller Hospital, the staff at Continuing Care (Victoria Lane) for their care, kindness and compassion to Mom and us especially in her final days. It will always be remembered. A service will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Drumheller at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Interment of her ashes will follow at the Drumheller Cemetery for the family. In lieu of flowers, if you so desire donations can be made to: Drumheller & Area Health Foundation (Continuing Care) 351 9th St NW, Drumheller AB, T0J 0Y1,  Alberta Diabetes Foundation or the charity of your choice in memory of Angela Gieck. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Their help is greatly appreciated.