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Condolences to the family of Betty Ryning




September 2, 2018

Betty Ryning of Rowley, beloved wife of the late John Ryning, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 2nd at the age of 92 years. Betty was born in Nuneaton, England in 1926 to Frederick and Florence Marston. She lost her father at the age of three, several months before her sister was born, leaving her mom to raise four children on her own. Betty completed her nursing training at Tudor Grange. She nursed for several years in England before embarking on an adventure to Canada where she was a nurse at Drumheller Hospital. It was during her time there that she met John and they were married in 1960. Together they raised five children and farmed in the Rowley area. Betty was predeceased by her brothers Bob and Jim Marston, her husband John and her son Tim. She is survived by her sister Freda Belcher, her children Susan (Peter), Karen, David (Gisele), Andrea (Kyle) and daughter-in-law Darlene; by her grandchildren Corey, Alycia and Kaitlyn; Shivaughn and Isha; Julie; Jasmine and Rowan. Also by great-grandchildren Jase, Isla, Morris and Gus. The family would like to acknowledge the staff at Miller Crossing Care Centre, the Shepherd’s Care Foundation and caregiver Ev Falsetti for their kindness and caring. Service was held on Saturday, September 8th at 2 p.m. in the Rowley Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to The Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice.

Condolences to the family of Don Metzger




December 22, 1947 - August 30, 2018

On December 22, 1947, Ronny Merle and Donny Earle were born in Calgary to Alice and Archie Metzger. Ronny passed away shortly thereafter, and was buried in the Leveland Cemetery. When Don was a couple of years old, his folks moved from the grandparent’s home to their own farm north of Carbon where Don lived the rest of his life. On July 4, 1970, he married neighbor girl, Joan Gibson. Don passed away in the kitchen of their home on the evening of August 30, 2018. During his school years, Don enjoyed sports very much, with baseball being his favourite. When he was 15, Don played in three different leagues. His mother would start his chores before he got home from school and of course, she drove him to all the games. He eventually injured his knee from pivoting on it so much and as the years went by, he suffered a great deal, but never once complained about playing ball. He made many friends during that time. Farming was Don’s passion. He was always grateful to his parents Archie and Alice, and in-laws Stan and Molly Gibson, who helped him get started with his career. After Don got going, there was no stopping him. He rented land in order to pay for his own. New technology interested him. He was a wheeler and dealer, always looking to upgrade his machinery and wouldn’t hesitate to purchase good used equipment when he could save money. Always trying to squeeze a little more out the land, he was the first in our area to continuous crop. The older generation told him it was crazy; this wouldn’t be possible on the heavy land. Presently, this no-till practice is the norm. Another way to maximize bushels was to have new seed. He was always searching for new varieties. Don was part of several industry groups. He was on the board for the Carbon R.E.A. until it dissolved. Years ago, Don served on the Acme Feeder Association. Also, he was a member of the Alberta Seed Growers Association and Secan for a number of years. Don took great pride in the Three Hills Seed Plant, where he has been a board member since 1984. Don’s interest in helping others showed in his participation on the Friends of Kilangala Foundation, which supports an orphanage in Tanzania, East Africa. Another highlight for him, was when he went as a farm consultant for the mission. He was shocked at the primitive agricultural methods, but surprised at how happy and content the people were despite their poverty. Don was known for his storytelling. His smooth delivery, combined with creative animation cannot be duplicated. Details were his specialty. Anyone close to Don knew of his ability to attach accurate nicknames. Going to town for coffee was regular for him and he genuinely cared about his coffee buddies. Don was so happy to be able to farm with his son and grandson. He was an extraordinary mentor for his grandson Scott, who valued his wisdom. As the years went by, family became more important to Don. He was proud of his children, who were both very successful, and his grandchildren were beyond special. He was interested in the lives of each grandchild, and cherished them very much. From time to time he would remark, “How could it be, that we have been so privileged to see our grandchildren grow into adulthood”. Needless to say, his great-grandchildren were the ultimate. Daily, he would ask how things were going in LA; his abbreviation for Lethbridge, Alberta. The cold weather bothered Don. As a result, he opted to spend his last 28 winters in Yuma, AZ. Don became a triple A farmer; April, August, and Arizona. Don was adamant that he would never retire and move to town. In his last years, he did less physical activity but his great mind continued strongly. Sometimes he would simply get into his old farm truck, go down to the main shop to visit and see what was happening. God was good to Don, granting him his ultimate wish. He spent the last day of his life swathing with the men and had a wonderful time with them at supper. In the evening, Don concluded a farm deal that he had talked about for over 40 years. An hour later, a heart attack took him as he was preparing for bed. God was good to Don. Today, he leaves to mourn, his wife Joan of 48 plus years; his son Marty (Kyle), and daughter Vicky (Dave); his 4 grandchildren, Justine (John Capatos), Scott (Rinske), Cole, and Taryn Metzger and 2 great-grandchildren Ben and Ruth Capatos. He is survived by his brother Brian (Helen Anne) and their family as well as 3 Aunts, numerous cousins and honorary grandson Daniel Weatherald. Services were held Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church, Three Hills, AB. Memorial Donations may be made to: The Friends of Kilangala Foundation Box 215 Three Hills, AB T0M 2A0

Condolences to the family of John Howard Ferguson



John Howard

July 24, 1933 - September 7, 2018

John Howard (Howie) Ferguson, passed away on September 7, 2018 at the age of 85. Howard was born on July 24, 1933 in Acadia Valley, Alberta. Howard was the youngest of 9 children born to Jack and Hannah Ferguson. Howard grew up in Acadia Valley and attended linesman schooling at SAIT. Howard had a lengthy career for the Canadian Wheat Board in Drumheller, Lethbridge and Winnipeg. Howard began dating the love of his life, Joy Peers, in 1954 and they were married on November 9,1957. They moved to Youngstown to begin their life together. Howard and Joy’s first son Darcy was born on January 30, 1959, followed by Blaine on August 6,1962, and Jerry on July 12,1965. All the boys were born in Hanna except Scott, who was born September 18, 1969 in Wainwright. After Howard’s retirement from the Canadian Wheat Board in 1994 they returned to Hanna to be closer to their family. Howard was involved in many activities with friends at their winter home in Arizona including playing baseball and dancing with his wife, Joy. He was an active member of the Lions Club in Drumheller, Lethbridge, Winnipeg and Hanna. He enjoyed attending the Old Time Jamboree and Ladies Auxiliary Rummage Sale. Howard was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Hannah, his wife, Joy Ferguson, his siblings: Donald, Joe, MacDonald (Mac), Doug, Dorothy and Jean Ferguson, and granddaughter Taylor Ferguson. Howard is survived by his four sons: Darcy (Tracy), Blaine, Jerry (Donalee), Scott (Kathy), grandchildren: Ryan, Amy, Kyle, Carissa, Adam, Jorden, Hunter, Tyler; his sister Joan Shields, twin sister Helen Sherman, sister in law Helen Peers, brothers in law Larry and Glen Peers, special friend Kay Munroe, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at the Hanna United Church at 2pm, with John Armstrong officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Howard’s name to the Hanna Lions Club or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Hanna Funeral Services Ltd., entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements; 403-854-5956. Condolences can be forwarded to the family at