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GREENE, Albert Ronald (Ron)

GREENE, Albert Ronald (Ron)
January 23, 1934 - December 23, 2012

Albert Ronald (Ron) Greene passed away December 23, 2012 in Drumheller, Alberta at the age of 78 years. Ron was born January 23, 1934 in Drumheller, Alberta to Wendell and Mayetta Greene. He lived in Drumheller his entire life and was always proud to call the valley his home. As a young boy Ron was a member of the Sea Cadets and played hockey and basketball. Ron always had an affinity for the river, he and his older brother Gordon spent countless hours building and sailing their handmade boats. After grade 11 Ron attended technical school in Calgary where he played on the basketball and hockey teams. Upon completion of Tech, Ron worked with his father and brother Gordon in the family construction business, thus beginning a long and storied career as a builder.  Joined later by his own sons, Greene Construction grew to be the largest general contractor in East Central Alberta. The schools, hospitals, hotels and arenas that dot the Alberta prairie stand today as monuments to the hard work and success of the family business he was so proud of. Ron met Patricia Kennedy in high school, they married in 1954 and together they had four sons and one daughter. He was a loving and supportive husband and father and he shared a unique relationship with each of his children. Ron possessed an extremely hard and fair work ethic that he passed down to his sons and his daughter. Ron built their dream home along the banks of the Red Deer River in 1974 and lived there until moving into town in 2002. Ron and Pat enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  As a young family they spent many summers at the Fish Lake cabin with other young families, many of whom were his childhood friends.  After Ron’s retirement they enjoyed winters at their home in Arizona. Ron enjoyed curling and golfing. He loved to read and watch sports and if there was a “duster” on TV, he was usually watching it. Ron was a member of the Drumheller Kinsmen and K40 clubs for over 50 years and volunteered with the Drumheller Fire Department, the Royal Canadian Legion and the Nacmine Community Association. Almost every morning without fail he would meet his brother and their friends for coffee and he also joined his golfing partners most Wednesday evenings for dinner. Never one to sit idle, he spent his retirement working on projects for family and friends. Ron was a grandfather to nine boys and two girls. He enjoyed watching them play sports and was very proud of all of their academic achievements. Ron will be remembered by all who knew him as a genuine, humble and honest man. He was a well respected businessman and member of the community. Ron was predeceased by his father in 1986, his mother in 1993 and his youngest son Keith in 1993. Ron is survived by Pat, his loving wife of 58 years, sons Bob (Mary), Dave (Trudy), Larry (Cheryl), daughter Carolyn (Steve) and his brother Gordon, all of Drumheller. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. A Celebration of Ron’s Life was held Friday December 28, 2012. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666).
By hammer and hand
all things do stand.

ROBERTSON Walter “Wally”

Robertson, Walter “Wally”
May 8, 1926 - December 16, 2012

Walter “Wally” Robertson passed away at the Drumheller Hospital on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the age of 86 years, with his devoted family at his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Walter was born on May 8, 1926 in Toronto, ON., and will be forever loved by his wife Laura Robertson (nee Miller) of 67 years; three children Don Robertson ( and friend Sheila), Earl (Marion) Robertson, Tom (Jan) Robertson, brother Earl Robertson, Grandchildren: John Robertson (and friend Angele), Laura (Chris) Armstrong, Carla (Greg) Stout, Julie Robertson, Jennifer (Trevor) Alberts, Megan (Sean) Crawford; Great Grandchildren: Katherine Robertson( and friend Josh), Steven Robertson, David Robertson, Sarah Armstrong, Sean Armstrong, Liam Stout, Quin Stout, Casey Robertson, Maya Nestoriuk, Keaton Crawford, Kai Crawford and Soraya Crawford. Walter was predeceased by; his parents Walter and Loti Robertson, two sisters, Christina Sefton and Norma Cooper, one brother, Wilfred Robertson, and daughter-in-law Elaine Robertson. As a young boy Walter attended the Baptist Church and lived by the “Golden Rule” all his life. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944, where he served until the European Campaign ended in 1945. He didn’t hesitate to find his bride-to-be in Toronto, ON, and married Laura Miller on June 30, 1945. Walter completed his formal education at the Manitoba Institute of Technology attaining his diploma in Business Administration. Walter was employed, at the age of 21, as a 1st Class Guard at Stony Mountain Penitentiary and retired at Drumheller Institution as Assistant Warden Industries and Education in 1982. Walter was an active member in all community functions, especially the Royal Canadian Legion, where he was an executive member at the Stony Mountain Branch and became a Lifetime Legion member recently. Walter led a very active retired life, always helping family and friends and building specialty award winning wood furniture. The family will always remember Walter as dedicated to them and find pleasure in remembering his kindness and love to them throughout their lives. The family will be respecting Walter’s wishes by having a private family gathering at the Drumheller Cemetery, Friday, December 21, 2012. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements (403 823 2666).    


December 9, 1920 - December 4, 2012

Doug Lenfesty passed away peacefully with family by his side, December 4, 2012, at Drumheller Continuing Care, just five days short of his 92nd birthday, (he always hoped he would make 90). Doug was born in the Lawsonburg district of the Hand Hills on December 9th, 1920 he grew up attended school, lived and farmed there until his retirement to Drumheller in 1991. In 1946 he married a “school marm”, Julia Turkosz, the love of his life, and together they raised their children on their Hand Hills farm. Family was Doug’s pride and joy; he looked forward to visits from all of his family, but especially his grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He loved to play giggly games with the little kids. Also very important were farming and community involvement.  Typical of a farmer, he was a self – taught carpenter, mechanic, welder, veterinarian and electrician. No job was too big or too small for him as far as Community was concerned, and the following is proof. He was: Secretary and Linesman for The Alpha Mutual Telephone Co, Secretary of the South Craigmyle Snowplow Association, Secretary of the local Road Improvement Association, Director of the Bullpound Breeder’s Co-op, Director and Volunteer at the Hand Hills Club – Proudly helping build the new Hall, Director of Hand Hills Rural Electrifation Association, Director on Elmer School Board, Member of the Hand Hills United Church Board, ASCSRA Director and Senior’s Games Co –ordinator and Director, Director of The Pioneer Trail Society, Volunteer at The Badlands Passion Play – helping build benches for the 2400 – seat amphitheatre and parking buses and cars for the performances. Doug loved music; he could play the “comb & paper”, the mouth – harp, the ukulele, the mandolin, the guitar, and the button accordion. He also sang in local choirs. Fishing was one of his favourite pastimes, and he and Julia made good use of the motor home visiting all the local fishing holes. Other favourite activities were ice curling, discing, floor curling, and card games – he loved playing 500, Crib, Canasta, and court Whist with his Hand Hills friends and neighbours, and Smear with “the boys”. And we cannot forget that he loved all animals, especially horses. Doug  was predeceased by; his parents Sterrie and Dulcie Lenfesty, his brother and sister-in-law Raymond and Barbara Lenfesty, his sister and brother-in-law Irene and Nick Chaykowski, his daughter-in-law Joan Clark Lenfesty, and his infant daughter Theresa Elaine. He is survived by; Julia, his loving wife of 66 years, son Wayne (Lonnie) Lenfesty, daughter Corrine Lenfesty, granddaughters Angela (Clint) Morasch and Jody (Jason) Heidinger, great grandchildren Laurie Morasch, Layne Morasch, and Emily Heidinger, as well as beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and great – nieces and nephews.  The family would like to thank Dr. Graham and Dr. Jordan, the nursing staff at the hospital, and the nurses and staff at Continuing Care for their dedication, compassion and kindness. Thank You! You are angels! A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Knox United Church, Drumheller, Alberta, with Jan Richardson officiating. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements. A gathering of remembrance of Doug’s life will be held in early summer, in the Hand Hills. (Please watch for a reminder).  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Drumheller Area Health Foundation 351-9th Street NW Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y1.