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Last updateFri, 11 Jun 2021 10am

Condolences to the family of Albert "Bert" Russell Hanson


Albert “Bert” Russell

August 4, 1940 - May 26, 2021

Bert passed away peacefully May 26, 2021 at the age of 80 following a week in palliative care in the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre following a short battle with cancer. He cherished the visits he was able to have with his family.
Bert was born in the Drumheller hospital August 4, 1940 to Harry & Florence Hanson. He graduated from Morrin High School and began working with Alberta Government Telephones (AGT, now Telus) working with the tech guys and on call for phone transition problems. This is where he met Grace Hunter, whom he married in 1961, moved to Edmonton where they started their family with two boys. In the mid 60’s they purchased their first home in an upstart community named Sherwood Park where eventually a daughter became part of the family in 1971. They moved to Brooks in 1973, working in oilfield construction. Their fourth child, a boy, was born shortly after moving to Brooks. He took an interest in welding, obtained his welder certification and became owner/operator of Greenbook Welders mid 70’s. Bert joined the Brooks Volunteer Fire Department in 1977 and was an active volunteer firefighter until leaving the fire department in 1986. He returned to Drumheller in 1992 and worked in various jobs in the community and even worked with Bill Hunter, surveying even after he retired.
Bert enjoyed hunting, fishing and all things horse related. There are numerous stories about hunting and fishing trips with many friends. He enjoyed watching the Chuckwagon races and spent time with his daughter attending horse shows and most recently helped her break a new horse.
He leaves behind his four children Dwayne (Kaz), Dale, Arlene (Rob), Derek (Tammy); his eleven grandchildren; Stephanie (Ryan), Cameron (Sarah), Jackie (Dan), Jamie (Tyler), Michelle, Maranda, Taryn (Payden), Jayden, Oryanna, Dakota, Ty; and his twelve great-grandchildren Cailyn, Mackenzie, Mikayla, Sean, Chloe, Ryithe, Aryiah, Whylee, Wryker, Raiden, Karsyn and Keyen.
He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters Evelyn & Dorothy; and his brother Gordon. He will be dearly missed and forever remembered by all who loved him.
A Celebration of Life and Interment will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Morrin Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the Morrin Community Center. Donations in Bert’s memory may be made to the Ponoka & District Health Foundation - Palliative Care (5800 - 57th Avenue, Ponoka, AB T4J 1P1) or The Grace House, Drumheller (175 3 St. W, Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y4). To express condolences to Bert’s family, please visit

Arrangements Entrusted To Ponoka Funeral Home
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Condolences to the family of Arlyne Hagel



1929 - 2021

We regret to announce the passing of Mrs. Arlyne Marie Hagel (Hingst) of Innisfail, Alberta, on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at the age of 91 years.
Arlyne was born and raised in Rockyford, Alberta. She later settled in Drumheller, Alberta, with her first husband, Erwin Hingst, where the two raised their family. Erwin and Arlyne owned and operated ‘Hingst Dinosaur Service’, and shortly after retiring from the family business, Arlyne also ran ‘Dinny’s Convenience Store’. Erwin and Arlyne later moved from Drumheller, to then settle in Big Valley, Alberta. After the passing of
Erwin in 2005, Arlyne returned to Drumheller, and reconnected with an old family friend, Alfred Hagel. The two were married in April of 2017 and came to Innisfail, Alberta. Alfred and Arlyne always enjoyed having family, grandchildren, and friends come to visit. Arlyne loved gardening, her flowers and road trips. Arlyne will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Alfred Hagel, her sons, Dale, Dwight (Nancy), Randy (Jodi), Irv
(Germaine) and David (Barb); her daughters, Gwen (Dale), Patti (Bill), Wendy (Andy) and Karen (Shane);
her twenty grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren. She will also be deeply missed by her siblings, Lorraine Jensen, Mary Hendricks and Theresa Hendricks; as well as her extended family members, Brian (Vici), Murray (Karen), Kerry (Christine), Dwayne (Carol), Brenda (Doug) and Shelly. Arlyne was predeceased by her former husband, Erwin Hingst, her brothers, Bernard Hendricks and Bill Hendricks, her brother-in-law, Carl Jensen and her brother-in-law, Fred Hingst and her sister-in-law, Mary Hingst. A Funeral Service will be held at Rockyford, Alberta, at a later date. If desired, Memorial Donations in Arlyne’s honour may be made to the Alberta Children’s Hospital, 2888 Shaganappi Trail NW, Calgary, Alberta, T3B 6A9 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 100, 119 - 14 Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1Z6. Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of: Heartland Funeral Services Ltd. 4415 – 49 Street, Innisfail, Alberta
Phone: 403.227.0006 Fax: 403.227.6437

Condolences to the family of David (Dave) Raymond Durnie


David (Dave) Raymond

December 19, 1933 Calgary, Alberta
- May 31, 2021 Calgary, Alberta

Dave Durnie of Calgary, AB, passed away on Monday, May 31, 2021. Dave was born on December 19, 1933, at the Calgary General Hospital to John and Anna Durnie. Dave and Barb met in Drumheller, AB, they have been partners in life and adventures for seventy-four years. Dave worked for the Canadian Western Natural Gas Company for thirty-five years. He was a member of the Crescent Masonic Lodge #87. Dave was a 5th generation Mason and was very proud when his son Doug also joined his Lodge. Dave volunteered with Triwood Community Association, mostly in hockey, as well as at Wild Rose United Church. Dave was respected by all who knew him for his work ethic, kindness, and incredible willingness
to help. Dave loved to golf, camp, and bowl. He was an incredible craftsman who built anything from house additions to intricate bird houses. The Durnie’s were regulars at Mara Lake each summer where they boated and waterskied with close friends. Dave’s memories and time that he shared with his family will continue to grow.
Dave is survived by his loving wife of sixty-four years Barbara Durnie, his sons and their families, Doug and Cindie (Dan and Pete), Greg and Jane (Tom and Ashley; Noah, Vada and Mave) (Mike and Kelsey) (Alyssa) (Beth), and Allan and Carol Durnie. Dave was predeceased by his parents, John and Anna Durnie; his brothers, Jack, Jim and Harvey Durnie; and his brother-in-law Art Battram.
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on David’s obituary at If friends so desire, memorial tributes for Dave Durnie may be made directly to The Veteran’s Food Bank at
donate-now/ or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
In living memory of David Durnie, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area.