June 27, 1940 - November 12, 2022
It is with deep sorrow and much love that our family mourns the passing of Bill. He passed away November 12, 2022 in Drumheller, Alberta at the age of 82.
Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of almost 60 years, Barbara and his daughter Donna (Leo) Johnson, son Kelly (partner Jackie). Four granddaughters Nichole Clayholt, Justine Berry, Mikaela Herd, Melissa Penner and step granddaughter Chelsea Cole. Four great grandchildren, Clara, Addalyn, Sloan and Oliver and two sisters, Kathy (Rob) Fletcher and Betty (Tom) Lewis. As well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Bill was predeceased by his father John and his mother Elizabeth, three brothers, John, Corny, Walter and two sisters, Agnes and Anne. He was born in Rosemary, Alberta but grew up on the family farm in Gem, Alberta until he left at an early age to work in the oilfield. This job brought him to Drumheller where he met Barbara and from here went to Taber, Alberta. Upon leaving the oilfield, he returned to the farm for a few years and then moved to Drumheller where he operated a transportation business with semi trucks hauling grain and livestock. Bill also worked for the Alberta government as a bridge inspector mostly in northern Alberta, but did work on the East Coulee bridge. Bill opened Penner Shoe Sales and Repairs in Drumheller and repaired many soles for clients in and around Drumheller. Closing the store, he did handyman jobs until he was hired as coordinator/driver for the Drumheller Valley Bus. He enjoyed helping people and worked at this job until he retired. Bill enjoyed gardening and coached minor hockey, also going to the farm and on occasion would help with harvest.
Bill had a very deep involvement with the Elks and held the position of Exalted Ruler. He assisted in fundraising events in the community raising funds to purchase the first handi-bus and he called bingo at the Elks hall for many years.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25th, 2022, at the Knox United Church, 195 3rd Avenue East, Drumheller, Alberta.
If so desired, please make a donation to the Heart to Heart Society of Drumheller, Box 162, Drumheller, Alberta
T0J 0Y0 or the Alzheimer Society, G5, 5550 45 Street, Red Deer Alberta, T4N 1L1 on behalf of Bill or feel free to contribute to any organization of your choice.
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 403-823-2666.