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BOON, Norvan James

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BOON,Norvan James
December 5, 1922 - July 9, 2011


As we lay our dear Dad and Grampa to rest, we want to celebrate his life and the love he bestowed upon all those who know him. Dad was born and grew up in the Springwater area (Northwest of Delia) and took over the family farm when he was 17, where he farmed until his retirement in 2002.  He married the love of his life, Alice Brewitt, in 1948 and together they raised six children. Dad had many loves, but he was happiest when surrounded by family and he found great joy in watching them all grow.  He summed it up best at his last Father’s Day gathering when he said, “I got to see them all!!”  Dad’s love of others was evident with his kindness and generosity, seeing the best in people and always putting others ahead of himself.  He enjoyed giving to others, whether it was making a long trip to Cold Lake for a half-ton load of fresh fish and delivering it to the community, or making sure everyone always had a pail of honey, some fresh eggs or a country grown chicken. He loved visiting and Mom often needed to set an extra plate at the dinner table. He had a great sense of humour and loved to share it with everyone. Dad loved the outdoors – he was a farmer to the core.  Rarely would you find him indoors unless it had rained for 5 days straight or it was the dreaded “income tax time”.  We remember all those trips out to the pasture in the back of the pick-up truck checking the cattle, fences or to see how full the sloughs were.  After the farming was finished in the fall (and even sometimes when it was not), hunting was next on his list.  Come fall, hunting far outweighed everything else.  Out came the maps, the tags, and the planning began.  Many times his hunting buddies enjoyed Mom’s homemade raisin pie after a good days hunt.  From those hunting trips grew stories that only our dear Dad could tell!! Cutting our Christmas trees was another adventure that we looked forward to as kids.  It always amazed us as Dad carried out, what seemed like, one tired kid on each arm while pulling several trees behind through the deep snow and up the river bank.  He was always proud when he arrived home and could display the trees in the snow bank – of course, always with a couple extra just in case someone else might need one.Dad and Grampa, you have loved us and taught us so much. The world is a much better place because of you. Dad is survived by his six children: Donna Boon (Karen Lunden), Drumheller, Wendy (Richard) Ramsay, Rimbey, Glenna (Stan) McNeill, Empress, Marilyn (Jens) Lind Crossfield, Kevin Boon (Karen) Kamloops,  Lorilee Boon, Drumheller; daughter-in-law Joyce Boon, Drumheller; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; Alice’s family, Freda Brewitt and Don and Diana Brewitt; three sisters: Kay Thompson, Dorothy McPhail and Elaine Moonen;  and numerous nieces and nephews. Dad was predeceased by his wife,  Alice, in 1990; his sister Thelma Wood; and six brothers-in-law. It was Dad’s wish that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his honour to the Children’s Make a Wish Foundation – Canada. Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta Bay #5, 2308-24 Street S.W., Calgary, AB  T2T  5H8. The Funeral Service for Norvan will be held on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. from the Delia Community Hall.
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BLOCK, Patricia Kathleen

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BLOCK,Patricia Kathleen
(nee Hussin)
April 19, 1951 - July 7, 2011


Patricia passed away after a short stay in the Drumheller hospital but a courageous and long fought battle with Multiple Sclerosis at home. The strength and determination that Pat brought to each day is an inspiration for anyone that had a glimpse into even a small portion of her life. Patricia leaves behind her husband of 39 years Jess Block, their sons, Todd (Chantell) and Chad (Karen) and granddaughters Morgan and Macy Block. Pat is also remembered by her parents Bill and Joyce Hussin, brother Clint (Jennifer) Hussin and her sister Connie (Darrell) Larsen and their children Ashley and Dustin (Jenn). Her niece Jo Ann (Lorne) Winther and daughter Shelby are very close with both Pat and Jess. Pat was also close with her sisters-in-law Andrea (Walton) Van Dyke and Christine (Gary) Smith, nieces and nephews Dee Dee, Jay, Guy, Kelly and their families. Pat spent most of her childhood on a farm in between Rosebud and Standard. Pat was an athletic, competitive and determined young person. She loved horses and was a very strong rider that could really “sit a horse” as described proudly by Jess. Patricia and Jess started dating when Pat was in high school. They were married on April 1, 1972. They started their married life on the Stewart Holmes ranch near Hussar and then purchased their place and moved up in 1976 making their home between Rumsey and Scollard. Patricia and Jess were a hard working team on the farm and Patricia had worked off the farm as well. Her last position was at the Gulf Ghost Pine Plant near Morrin. Pat loved horses her whole life. She enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening and bingo. The visits from the neighbours were an important aspect of the Block’s life as it became harder for her to leave the farm. Pat also really enjoyed contact and visits with friends and family that she grew up with. The family is very grateful for the help from Sandy, Rhonda and Sandra over the years. Without intending to do so, Pat taught anyone around her how to be accepting, practical and patient. She faced many hurdles and obstacles along her journey, but with love and caring Pat and Jess stayed together at home until the end. Patricia’s funeral was on Tuesday, July 12 at the Scollard Church, at 2pm with a gathering at the Block farm after. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Drumheller Health Foundation – Palliative Care (351 - 9th St NW, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y1). Condolences may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Arrangements entrusted to Prairie Winds Funeral Home, Trochu, AB (403)442-2200.

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HALSTEAD, Keith

HALSTEAD, Keith
1928 - 2011


Keith Halstead passed away peacefully at the Three Hills hospital on June 28, 2011. Keith was born on December 5, 1928, in Carbon, Alberta, to Leo and Ethel Halstead. Keith grew up on the family farm just northwest of Carbon. He received his education from several schools in the area. In 1946, Keith attended Olds College and received an Agriculture Diploma. In his younger years Keith showed steers in 4-H and the Calgary Bull Sale. Keith, being always interested in cattle, became really involved with showing steers. Keith made several trips to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, showing steers not only for the Halsteads but for other people. While on one of his trips to Toronto he met his future bride, Shirley Enman. Keith and Shirley were married on October 3, 1956 and spent the first three years of their marriage on a farm near Olds, Alberta, before they moved back to Carbon. Keith and Shirley had four daughters: Kim (1957), Carmen (1959), Vicky (1961) and Dawn (1963). As the girls got older Keith passed his love of showing cattle on to his daughters; all four girls were members of the Ghost-Pine 4-H Beef Club. Keith was the Leader  of the Ghost-Pine Beef Club for many years. Keith also took his daughters to show their steers at the Calgary Bull Sale and at Farmfair in Edmonton. Keith and his daughters also started showing prospect steers at Agribition in the late ‘80’s. The years 1991 and 1993 were great ones for the Halstead show steers, having won Grand and Reserve Champion at both Saskatoon Fall Fair and Agribition. Keith was very proud of this accomplishment. In later years Keith took great pride in watching his grandchildren show their own 4-H steers. Another favourite thing for Keith was rodeoing. The three youngest girls started barrel racing at an early age, and Keith took the girls to many rodeos throughout Alberta. Keith also started judging rodeos and judged at several over the years. He was a member of the Foothills Cowboys Association for many years and served on the Board of Directors as the Judging Director, as well he was President in 1985. Keith was honoured by being named the F.C.A. Cowboy of the Year in 1987. Keith attended many rodeos when he retired, including a trip to the NFR in Vegas. Keith was very involved in community events during his life in Carbon. He curled for many years, until a knee injury sidelined him. He also was a longtime member of the Carbon Lions Club, and was President of the club in 1970-71. Keith spent many years being in charge of the Carbon Lions Rodeo. He took great pride in this responsibility. In 1997, Keith moved from Carbon to a ranch at Stoughton, Sask, where he ranched for several years until he sold the ranch in 2005. After that he moved to Stettler where he lived until his death. For the past few years, Keith has travelled to many different places: Australia and New Zealand, South America, Alaska, South Africa and the Maritimes, and his most memorable vacation, the Kentucky Derby at Louisville, Kentucky. Keith spent his years in Stettler doing what he loved: having coffee at Tim Hortons, going for his nightly walk, and attending as many bull sales and rodeos as he possibly could. Every Wednesday he could be found at the Ponoka Auction Market watching the sale. Keith loved nothing better than a good meal with good friends or family and lots of laughs. He will be surely missed. Keith was predeceased by his wife Shirley in 1979, his mother Ethel (Wright) Halstead in 1999, and his father Leo Halstead in 2002. Keith leaves to mourn his passing his four daughters: Kim (George) Ingram, Stoughton, Sask; Carmen (Levi) Jackson, Sedley, Sask; Vicky (Rod) Ahlberg, Longmont, Colo.; Dawn Lasby, Del Bonita, Ab; six grandchildren: Justin (Tawnie) Morrison, Midale, Sask; Tyler Morrison, Saskatoon, Sask; Cashley Ahlberg, Longmont, Colo.; Dakota and Chance Jackson, Sedley, Sask, and Riley Ingram, Stoughton, Sask; and one special great-grandson: Tanden Morrison. He is also survived by brother Lloyd Halstead, Carbon, Ab, and numerous nieces and nephews, and special friends, Doug and Judy Goodine, Carbon, Ab. A Memorial Service will be held on July 13, 2011 at 11:00 at the Carbon United Church. A private inurnment will be held at the Carbon Cemetery. Donations may be made in memory of Keith to S.T.A.R.S. Arrangements entrusted to Courtney-Winters Funeral Home, Drumheller, Alberta. Expressions of sympathy may be left for the family at www.courtneywintersfuneralhome.ca.