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Condolences to the family of John Dykun


John Dykun


August 25, 1930 - July 8, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of John Dykun announces his passing at the age of 87. He is survived by his loving wife, Marguerite, daughter Sherri (Gary) Zimmermann and two loving granddaughters, Kiersten and Analea. He was predeceased by his mother, father, sister Mary and his son, Lane. John was born in Drumheller, Alberta. He graduated from the Drumheller Valley High School in 1948 and later obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant degree. Immediately following graduation, he joined the Drumheller Post Office and enjoyed a rewarding 32-½ year career. He held such positions as Postmaster in Estevan and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Methods and Standards Officer, Calgary. He also held the office of Comptroller at the London Ontario and Calgary District offices and an Area Manager at the Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon District Offices. In accordance with John’s wishes, no visitations or funeral services were held and cremation occurred in Edmonton, Alberta.

Condolences to the family of Leonard Marvin Heck



Leonard Marvin

May 9, 1940 - July 25, 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Leonard Heck (Dad). He passed away peacefully at the Hanna Hospital at the age of 78 years. Leonard is survived by his wife Mavourneen (Bernie), son Bruce (Crystal) Heck and their children Leanne, Holly and Lindsey (Jason); daughter Debbie Heck; son Brian (Kim) Heck and their children Kyle and Breanna; Wes (Tammy) Heck as well as great grandchildren Madilynn, Lydia and Ellie. Leonard was predeceased by his mother Marie Heck in 2011. Leonard was born in Calgary, Alberta and after moving around a great deal in his younger years, Leonard eventually found his passion in farming with the help of his Uncle John, near Sunnynook, Alberta. “Uncle Johnny”, as he was lovingly referred to, was an important role model and mentor. This is where Leonard learned valuable lessons about farming, cattle and fostered a deeply rooted love of the farming way of life. In 1960, he married Bernie and started a family. In 1969, Leonard decided to purchase his own farming operation and that brought him to the Delia area where he farmed with pride for 41 years. In 2010, he rented his farm to Brian, who would continue with the tradition. Over the years, Leonard was involved in community organizations. He was a member of the Delia Ag Society, as well as the leader of the Delia 4-H beef club while his children were involved in the club. He was a hockey parent and enjoyed travelling to arenas all around Alberta to watch his sons play. Leonard enjoyed camping trips with his family and friends over the years, as well as fishing trips to Blood Indian in more recent summers. He also enjoyed a few hunting trips with his sons and family friends despite marginal success at times! Leonard also enjoyed a good game of crib or smear. For over twenty years, Leonard and Bernie would spend their winters in Yuma, AZ, where he would enjoy playing shuffleboard with friends, bingo or would never pass up a game of crib. Leonard was a private man of very few words at times – when he had something to say, you listened. Despite his few words, family meant a lot to Leonard, and the times when his children were all together, were highlights of his life. He was very proud of his family and his children’s accomplishments. The Heck Family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Mdawe and all the nursing staff who cared for Dad during his time at the Hanna Hospital. Your patience, kindness, and care was truly wonderful. A Celebration of Leonard’s life will be held at the Delia Community Centre, on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 1:00 P.M. A private family interment will take place at the Delia Cemetery. Hanna Funeral Services Ltd. are entrusted with funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent or viewed at, 403-854-5956. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Hanna Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Box 23, Hanna AB T0J 1P0.

Condolences to the family of Douglas Edmund Vogstad



Douglas Edmund

April 27, 1933 - July 11, 2018

Edmund Vogstad passed away at the Red Deer Hospital on July 11, 2018 at the age of 85 years, surrounded by his family. He was a loving father of Ruth (Glenn) Murphy, Treacy (Paula) Vogstad, Byron (Marla) Vogstad, Cameron Vogstad, and Roger (Shannon) Vogstad and brother to twin Edward (Carol) Vogstad, and younger siblings Kenneth Vogstad & Edith Colton. Edmund will also be dearly missed by his 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. He is predeceased by his wife Joy Vogstad. Edmund was born in Atmore, AB on April 27, 1933 and moved to Burnaby, BC during WWII. Given the choice of a bike or a horse, he chose horse and ended up in the Wintering Hills, at the Bryant Place. In 1948, the family moved to the homestead where he has resided ever since. Edmund farmed most of his life but also enjoyed woodworking, metal working, and was active in the Dalum and church community. A Celebration of Life was held at Mountain View Funeral Home in Calgary on July 17, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edmund’s memory to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, 710-10123 99 Street NW, Edmonton, AB, T5J 3H1. To express condolences, please visit: