February 13, 1929 - September 10, 2017
It is with great sorrow we say goodbye to our dad, grandpa, great grandpa and great-great grandpa who passed away peacefully at the Drumheller Hospital on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Art was born the third child of Marcel and Nellie DeLeeuw in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 13, 1929. He grew up with seven siblings in Vernon, BC. After school, Art joined the Canadian Army and trained as a paratrooper. He served with the First Canadian Parachute Battalion. Art was deployed to Korea but did not see any live combat action. While stationed in Calgary, he met his wife of 61 years, Eleanor Marie Owens. They were married on October 29, 1952. After Art left the Army, he attended the Police Academy and then joined the Hanna Police Force. When the Police Force was replaced by the RCMP, Art took a position with the Town of Hanna, where he eventually became the Water Plant foreman. In 1972, Art accepted a position with the Drumheller Water Plant, where he worked until his retirement in 1989. Art and Eleanor were blessed with nine children, Bradley (Alice) DeLeeuw of Drumheller, Larry (Marion) DeLeeuw of Drumheller, Lorette (Cal) Cameron of Brooks, Alicia (John) Franks of Carbon, Sheila (Lloyd) Kranzler of Carbon, Alan (Faye) DeLeeuw of Hanna, Bill (Rose) DeLeeuw of Michichi, Jean (Jim) Clark of Drumheller and Joe (Charlene) DeLeeuw of Drumheller. Art loved hunting, fishing and camping and spending time with his family. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren for drives looking for deer and on daily fishing trips. He will always be remembered for whistling in his easy chair and Grandpa’s famous finger hold. Art was predeceased by his loving wife Eleanor, his mother and father, three brothers Albert, John and Ray DeLeeuw, one granddaughter, Renee DeLeeuw and one grandson, Brian Guest. He is survived by his nine children, thirty one grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and his siblings; Frank DeLeeuw, Odel (Leroy) Ogi, Marcel (Alice) DeLeeuw, Fred (Linda) DeLeeuw and Alvina DeLeeuw and many nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by his family forever. Rest in peace Grandpa and give Grandma a hug when you see her. Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements.