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Last updateWed, 22 May 2019 12pm

Condolences to the family of Stephen Frank Peter Kun



Stephen Frank Peter

March 15, 1931 - February 27, 2019

Steve is remembered as an active energetic man who got things done. His satisfaction came from planning, working on, and completing his tasks. His accomplishments were immense. Steve was born in Drumheller, Alberta and attended school there. He enrolled in the Faculty of
Forestry at the University of British Columbia in 1950, graduating with a Master’s degree in 1958. His thirty-year career with Parks Canada began as Assistant Warden in Banff National Park in the summer of l951. With time taken for education he moved through the ranks serving as Western Regional Forester in Jasper, Assistant to the Western Regional Director in Calgary and Banff, Superintendent of Prince Albert National Park, Chief of National Parks in Ottawa for policy and planning, Superintendent of Banff National Park, back to Ottawa to work on developing new national parks, and finally to Calgary as Director General of the Western Region. During his career he visited every national park and historic site in Canada and travelled internationally representing Canada in conservation work. He loved travelling by horseback through the Rocky Mountains and came to know the back country well and the wardens who worked there. After his retirement in 1988, Steve embarked on a new career ranching in the foothills of Alberta and raised pedigreed Canadian Pinto horses. He and his wife Gail
built a beautiful place that was enjoyed by his family and friends for 30 years. In 2017 Steve and Gail moved to Cochrane to live in a retirement community where they made many new friends. In 2019 they moved to Wakefield, Quebec to be closer to their family and to live in the province they had enjoyed so much canoeing and on skis. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Gail (Jeffery), his son Randall (Jerene Sutherland), daughter Jennifer (John Robson), two granddaughters, two great-grandchildren, and his sister Irene Forgo of Drumheller, Alberta. At Steve’s request there will not be a funeral. His immediate family held a private memorial. Many thanks to the doctors and staff of the Wakefield Hospital. Contact address is: 2-106, chemin des Collines, Wakefield QC, J0X 3G0.

Condolences to the family of Viola Katherine Thompson



Viola Katherine

May 10, 1947 - March 4, 2019

The angels in heaven hosted a welcome home party. The guest of honour was Viola Katherine Thompson who passed away gently March 4, 2019 at the Drumheller Health Center. Katherine will look stunning in the heavenly gown designed for the occasion. Those included on the guest list were Darwin Garnet Thompson (father), Viola Marion Thompson (mother), Terry Garnet Thompson (brother) and Robert Riley (son). Those who were excluded from the celebration were George and Sandra Wilson (sister and brother-in-law), Brian Thompson (brother), Carrie Nimmon (sister), Stephen, Stephanie, Timothy and Micheal (her children who reside in Ontario) numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and the dear friends from Drumheller and area. Although we celebrate for Katherine we will miss her grievously. Congratulations Katherine I pray you will celebrate with me when the time comes.

Condolences to the family of Garry William Nargang



Garry William

October 29, 1944 – February 25, 2019

Garry “The Old Grouch” passed away on February 25, 2019 at the age of 74. Garry was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and spent his youth in Regina and Moose Jaw. Despite shenanigans with his close pals in his formative years, Garry became an accomplished figure skater, competing at the national level in couples events. He attended the Saskatchewan Technical Institute’s Moose Jaw campus and received Red Seal certification as a chef - including baking, and meat cutting, which he used masterfully for over 50 years. It was due to this accreditation that he landed in Melfort, Saskatchewan where he met his life partner Fran. A career with the Canadian Penitentiary Service eventually brought him to Drumheller in 1970. His fondness for his new home was evident through his involvement with, and promotion of the community, through activities with the Active 20-30 Club, Rotary, the Chamber of Commerce and time of service as the President of the Big Country Tourist Association. Members of the community will remember him for a variety of business undertakings during his time in Drumheller. His children, Brenda (Sean) and Jay (Tamara) will remember him for his firm morality, soft heart, and most excellent special occasion cakes and party foods. His grandsons, Bayley and Max, will remember his resourcefulness with duct tape and the resulting creative outcomes, and for teaching them that if they are able to put a smile on someone’s face, the world is just a little bit better. Fran, his wife of just shy of 54 years, will forever remember his steadfast companionship and love. As per Garry’s wishes, no funeral service will be held. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to STARS, a cause close to Garry’s heart.