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Condolences to the family of Luke Onruf



July 4, 1933 - October 26, 2022
(Age 89 years)

Best known for his namesake restaurant in Delia, Alberta, Onruf Luke passed away at the age of 89 years on the afternoon of October 26, 2022, at the Drumheller Health Centre surrounded by his loving family.
Onruf Luke was born on July 4th, 1933, in Guangdong Province, China, the 2nd and youngest child to Luke Pak Shing “Charlie” and Tung Bic Hong. In 1951 Luke immigrated to Canada to join his father and started in Paradise Valley, Alberta where he completed high school. From there, Luke moved to work in Barrhead, Alberta
before moving to Delia, Alberta.
In 1957, Charlie and Luke bought the coffee shop in Delia. On Thursday, October 17, they opened the Delia Coffee Bar. Despite not making their first sale (a hamburger steak for 55 cents) until four days later, they never looked back and Luke and the coffee shop have been part of the community ever since. Although the original neon signage outside called it the Delia Coffee Bar, it became colloquially known as Luke’s.
In 1970, Luke and Charlie took a year off from running the coffee shop, taking a vacation which included a stop to see the Expo in Osaka, Japan and then back to China. Luke returned from the trip with the greatest vacation souvenir of them all, a new bride, Mai Yim Leung. They married on November 10, 1970 and over the next 10 years, Luke’s family grew with addition of 4 children – 3 sons - Shing, Kong, Chong; and one daughter Joy.
In 1981, Luke purchased the former Co-op grocery store, turning it into the Delia General Store, successfully running it until 2002 when it was sold.
As of this year 2022, the coffee shop has been open for 65 years, a tribute and fitting legacy to Luke. He had an amazing memory, able to recognize returning customers many years later. Even after years had passed, Luke had the inane ability to recall a previous customer’s preferences, whether they took their coffee “cream or black”.
Luke was always committed to the local community and contributed whenever he could to support it. Over the years, he earned various community honours and accolades. Some of these included being awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and being named the parade marshal for Delia’s 100th
centennial in 2014. Luke also loved that the coffee shop was used in 2 different movies – Knockaround Guys and Hands That Bind.
Luke is predeceased by his parents, older brother Yep, and son Kong. He is survived by his wife Mai; children, Shing, Chong, and Joy (Simon Wong); and grandchildren Amelia and Bennett Wong; and nephew Kar as well as many other nieces and nephews and their extended families in China. Luke was extremely proud of his family, but sadly he will miss that opportunity with his young grandchildren.
We hope that Luke’s memory lives on in all of our hearts and from the memories of the 5+ generations of customers he served over the past 65 years. He will be deeply missed by his family and so many others who had the opportunity to cross paths with him. His family is very appreciative and thanks everyone for all their kind words about Luke since his passing.
Hopefully he’s up there now on the other side of that counter enjoying his tea, sharing stories with all his previous customers.
Rest in peace, Luke.
We would like to thank the Drumheller Health Centre for making Luke as comfortable as possible in his final days.
There will be a private family graveside service at a later date. If so desired, please make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or Alzheimer Society on behalf of Luke or feel free to contribute to any of Delia’s community organizations.
Hanna Funeral Services Ltd. has been trusted with the care and arrangements, 403-854-5956,

Condolences to the family of Leslie Gordon Diehl



Leslie Gordon

April 3, 1953 - November 1, 2022

After sharing his gratitude for family and friends, and remembering a life well lived, Les passed away holding the hand of his loving wife, Betty... watching the first snow of the season fall, along with the last of the autumn leaves. Diagnosed a year and a half ago with an aggressive form of cancer, Les met his illness with courage, goodwill and good humour. He always loved being outdoors and whether he was fishing, hunting, or just walking in the park. . . Les drew strength from nature.
In 1971, after graduating high school in Saskatoon, Les answered a newspaper ad for the Hudson’s Bay in the Northwest Territories. Over the next sixteen months, Les worked at outposts in Fort Liard, Fort Resolution, Fort Wrigley, and Fort Simpson. Because his parents, Fred and Eva Diehl, taught him to be self-sufficient - trapping, hunting, and fishing in Saskatchewan - Les held his own in Canada’s north of the early ‘70s and thoroughly enjoyed honing his skills on several wilderness adventures. Throughout his life, Les excelled as a sportsman always living off the fish, game birds, deer, moose, and elk he harvested, highlights of which include: his 40 lb Tyee Chinook Salmon in 1993, his 150 lb Halibut in 1995 and, in 2003, his Whitetail Deer Non-Typical which is among the Boone and Crockett Club Records of North American Big Game.
Before turning nineteen, Les left the Northwest Territories and went on to become a Stress Relieving Technician in Alberta. He stress relieved welds on several oilfield construction sites including Syncrude before joining CGTX in Red Deer where he remained for seventeen years. In his mid-forties, Les took evening classes obtaining the four levels of Gas Process Operations and, over the next fourteen years, worked as an Oilfield Operator. In 2013, at the age of sixty, Les retired from EnCana and from a working life that spanned forty-three years.
Les spent twenty-nine very happy years with Betty. Together, they helped raise his daughter, Kristin, whom they’ve loved very much. She was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) at the age of two. Les was so proud of her resolve to face the challenges SMA presented and yet strive to be cheerful and happy.
In 2021 - well into Les’s illness - Kristin began a breakthrough treatment for SMA. Les was profoundly relieved and grateful to see his daughter, now 34, experience newfound strength and stamina. That summer, Kristin and her partner, Martin, moved to Vancouver but recently came home for a visit and twice during the past year, Les and Betty visited them there. Seeing them settled in that beautiful city and exploring ocean-side parks and beaches with his family meant the world to Les. It gave him a sense of peace and a kind of calm that stayed with him until the end of his life.
Les cherished the laughter, stories and adventures shared with his fellow hunters, fishing partners, and friends. And he loved spending time in the countryside with Betty, watching game birds and wildlife, or fishing local ponds. Les and Betty loved each other deeply and fostered an enduring friendship - one that shone on the life they’d made together and gave them comfort.
Their experience with cancer was harrowing but Les’s sense of humour was a mainstay throughout, and he often said the only prayer he knew - a fisherman’s prayer - knowing full well he prayed for the catch... here as well as in heaven.
Les leaves to mourn his loving wife, Betty, his daughter Kristin Diehl (Martin Seagrave), his brother Dwight Diehl, his sister Audrey (Garth) West, his brother David (Geraldine) Diehl, his sister Laurie Diehl, his nephew Tyson Diehl, his niece Morgan (Derek) Attwell and Betty’s family: Robert Moar, Sharon Doyle, Mark (Susan) Doyle, Brenda (Cory) Campbell, Theresa (Brian) Coe, Betty’s nieces and nephews, and the good friends who saw him through.
Les was predeceased by his parents Fred and Eva Diehl, his brother, Gary Diehl, sister-in-law, Della Diehl, mother-in-law, Betty Moar, father-in-law, William Doyle, brother-in-law, Gerald Doyle and infant nephew Darcy Doyle.
At Les’s request, a funeral will not be held.
Donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada in memory of Les would be very much appreciated.

Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements. 403-823-2666

Condolences to the family of Elizabeth Lorraine Gibson


Elizabeth Lorraine

It is with deep sorrow and much love that our family mourns the passing of Elizabeth Lorraine Gibson (Tillotson). Our mother passed away peacefully on October 9, 2022, in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 94.
Betty was predeceased by; her husband Peter Almond of 19 years and father of their two children, Bob Gibson married for 23 years, and 4 siblings Bill, Shirley, Jerry, and Von.
She will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Victor; children Brent and Shan (Shane) and David (Karen); children Cameron (Sarah), Bryce (Tanis), and Kimberly, 7 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren, as well as nieces, nephews. She will also be remembered by many friends and extended family from her home town of Delia, Alberta.
Betty was born in Delia and lived most of her life there. She moved to Red Deer with Bob Gibson and she resides in Calgary until her passing. Betty worked at the CIBC bank as a teller and manager in Delia for many years,
she had large gardens and loved the art of canning fruits and vegetables. She loved to dance and was an active participant in many square dancing events, making many of the dancing outfits.
She enjoyed petit point stitching, loved playing cards and other games with family and friends and enjoyed working on her puzzles in her final days. A Celebration of Life will be held with close family in the summer of 2023.