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MORELLI, Rio Giacomo
August 23, 1934 - July 30, 2015

Rio Giacomo Morelli passed away suddenly but peacefully on July 30th, 2015. Rio was a Master Electrician, owning M&M Electric for 25 years until he passed it on to his son Shane.  This was the last of many jobs, including taxi driver, oilfield worker and a brief stint as a miner. He was very much a family man, being married to his darling sweetheart, Linda, for 45 years and always bragging about his two children, April and Shane.   Rio was a proud Grampa to Tyler, when he found out he was going to be a Grampa he was ecstatic and spread the news all over town.  He loved his visits from Tyler. Rio was always joking around with a great sense of sarcastic humour and loved talking to people, especially about his faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  He took delight in a lot of things, for example, his appreciation for Italian bread – he was always on the ultimate quest to find the best loaf.  He could be found frequently at the local McDonalds, drinking his favorite coffee and hanging out with the coffee gang, including his good friends, Richard Wheeler and Walter Albrecht. Rio loved going to Phoenix in the Winter to spend time with his beloved brother Erc and Erc’s significant other Connie in the condo generously provided by Vince and Holly. Rio enjoyed his business partnership with longtime friend Lloyd Bodemer, owning a rental property and storage business with him which kept Rio hopping. He also enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially football which he excelled at during his youth – trying out for the Calgary Stampeders – and was proud of his nephew Tony for his football prowess. Rio is survived by his wife Linda, son Shane (Kim), daughter April, grandson Tyler, brother Erc (Connie) and sister Rita, as well as numerous nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held at the Drumheller Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (207-17th Street NW) on Sunday, August 9th, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and a meal after at the Badlands Community Facility. All are welcome to attend. His hope for the future can be found in the scriptures at Job 14:15 and Revelation 21:4. We look forward to seeing him again.



May 10, 1977 - July 28, 2015

No Beauty Shines Brighter
than that of a Good Heart

On July 28th 2015 Scotty Heptonstall traded in his tool belt for a beautiful set of wings. Scotty was the third of four children born to Elaine and Dale Heptonstall in Drumheller, Alberta. As a child Scotty loved climbing hills, riding his bike and playing at the creek with his siblings and their dogs Sheba and Jasper in tow. As he grew older he had a love for swimming, soccer, skate boarding and his big love which was snowboarding, which he later went on to teach. As an adult he found a great passion for reading, Scotty was very articulate and could read through a 3 inch novel in two days. He was also very creative and enjoyed carving soapstone, wax and wooden figurines and even learned to play the harmonica. In his early years in the working world Scotty worked as a seismic labourer for many years until he decided to change careers and went into roofing for 10 years, and then the last 3 years he went to work for Sunterra Farms doing maintenance as he was good at plumbing, electrical and other handyman duties.  Scotty was a free spirit and in the summer loved nothing more than to be at a park with flip flops and his back pack wandering around soaking up the sun, tubing down the river or fishing,  in the winter he traded it all in for a snowboard and back pack and after all of his daily activities his favourite thing in the world to wrap up the day (winter or summer) was a long hot bubble bath and a good book. His love for his family was the thing he prided himself most on. He was always front and center to help fix or move something or help out with some crazy projects that he had to help his mother and siblings fix up. Scotty always told his family he loved them and told them so and gave them a hug every time he went out the door. Scotty was once asked if he thought he’d ever move out of Drumheller and he quickly replied “no”, that he loved Drumheller and had no desire to living else where and that his family and everything he ever needed was right here. Material things were not overly important to Scotty, he enjoyed simple things in life. He will always be remembered for his big bright smile and big brown sparkly eyes, everyone who met him commented on his kindness and his smile, how he made people feel comfortable and welcome, he was a great listener and loved unconditionally. On more than one occasion Scotty was known to buy meals from McDonalds for random people, on one occasion it was a very cold winter day and a man didn’t have enough for a meal so he bought him a good meal and a coffee, and when the man was ready to leave Scotty got up and made sure he had another coffee so he had something to keep his hands around to keep warm when he went back out into the cold. Our Dear beloved Scotty leaves to mourn his passing his Mother Elaine Heptonstall, His Sister Carrie Dumont (Steve), Brothers Dale Heptonstall (Barb), Terry Heptonstall, His Nephew Azraie Dumont, Nieces Madison & Olivia Heptonstall, and Nephew Daenen Vockeroth (Heptonstall) , his Grandmother Isabel Grenier, and his many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and many friends who loved him. Funeral services will be held on Thursday August 6th at 1:00 pm at the Drumheller Alliance Church, 670 7 Ave. East, Drumheller.



BERRY, Dale Brian

August 4, 1946 - July 28, 2015

It is with heavy hearts, the family of Dale Berry announces his passing at the age of 68 years.  Dale passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, surrounded by his family after a sudden brief illness.  Dale was born in Lacombe, Alberta and was raised on the nearby family farm.  He moved to Drumheller with his young family in 1971, and began employment at the Drumheller Institution.  He worked as a correctional officer for 26 years before retiring in 1996.  Dale then enjoyed many different lines of employment over the remaining years.  His greatest joy was his family and friends.  Dale loved the simple things in life and was always a farmer at heart, and his passions, besides his family, were that of Ford pickup trucks and John Deere tractors. Dale is predeceased by his father Roderick, his mother Iva, step-mother Audrey, and two infant brothers. He leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories, his wife Judy of 47 years, daughter Milia (Jamie) Durant, their sons Malan and Thane, son Brian (Sheryl), their children Jessie (Ajit), Jeremy, Jayla and Shania, son David and his children Austin and Raena, sister Hannah (Clifford) Hunt of Grande Prairie, Alberta, brother Bill of Lacombe, Alberta, and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Dale’s life will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. from Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes in Drumheller with Pastor Dan Dannhauer presiding.  If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S. or Red Deer Regional Health Foundation (I.C.U.).  Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.