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Condolences to the family of Edwin John Reiffenstein


Edwin John

January 24, 1942 - June 17, 2023

Edwin John Reiffenstein, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on June 17, 2023, in Strathmore, AB. He was born on January 24, 1942 in Bassano, AB as the fifth child of Alice and Charlie Reiffenstein. He is survived by Lois, his wife of 55 years, and two daughters, Marnie (Craig) and Jill (Seth). Papa Eddie will be dearly missed by Jackson, Vaughn, Addison, Easton, Parker, and Lochlan. He is also survived by sisters Anne, Dorothy, and Mary (Matt); sister-in-law Bernice; brother Laurie (Joan); and Lois’ large family who all loved and admired Uncle Ed. He was predeceased by his parents; sister Rose (Leonard); brother Raymond; brothers-in-law Bill and Don; and dear friends Sonia and Norm. Farming near Hussar was his joy in life, especially at harvest time with friends Murray and Craig. He also worked at the Husky Gas Plant where he enjoyed the camaraderie of the boys there. Any and all sports were his passion! He played baseball and he also curled many, many games over southern Alberta and always had time to watch a Dodgers’ game. This gentle giant will be so missed by his family and a lifetime of friends. In lieu of flowers donations may be made directly to the Wheatland & Area Hospice Society ( or Our Saviors Lutheran Church (106 Centre Street, Hussar, AB, T0J 1S0).
A funeral service was held on Saturday, June 24, 2023, at Hope Community Covenant Church (Strathmore) at 2:00 p.m. To send condolences or watch a recording of the live stream of Ed’s service, please visit

Condolences to the family of Wesley Walter Wade


Wesley Walter

October 21, 1963 - December 17, 2022

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Wesley Walter Wade of Drumheller, AB on December 17th, 2022 at 59 years of age.
Wesley was born on October 21st, 1963. He was the sixth child and only son born to Harry and Doris Wade of Drumheller, AB.
Growing up on the family farm with his parents and seven sisters was overwhelming at times for an only boy. Wes enjoyed grooming, feeding, breaking & training the animals we raised for food or show, as well as the pets we loved & nurtured. He was a happy, blue eyed, curly blonde haired boy with a deep dimpled chin & mischievous grin. A busy little guy, but such a joy to watch over... he’d follow us everywhere he possibly could.
In his 20’s, Wesley enrolled in the military. Unfortunately, he severely injured his knee & his back so his time was cut short. These injuries plagued him painfully for the whole & remainder of his life.
Wes’s good friends were few, but he was loyal to the ones he chose or who chose him. He was a very proud man & had much love for his little Maltese dog he named “Cuddles”. She was his faithful companion ‘til his last day.
Wesley is survived by his loving Mother, Doris A. Wade of Drumheller, AB.
Sister - Bernice Cheater (Darcy) of Brooks, AB.
Sister - Valerie Goetz (Howard) of Edmonton, AB.
Sister - Jean Goetz of Blackfalds, AB.
Sister - Jackie Watson (Clint) of Drumheller, AB.
Sister - Gwen Gray (Steven) of Drumheller, AB.
Sister - Tami Bowers (Brian) of Strathmore, AB.
Wes is also survived by his eldest nephew Samuel van Kampen; niece Erin Pan (Dave Haley); nephew Chris Goetz; niece Nicole Watson (Alex McLean); nephew Jack Bowers and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews as well as several cousins.
Predeceased by his father Harry Wade on February 6, 2012; Baby niece - Teala Wade in February of 1988; his eldest sister - Theresa Yearous (Duane) of B.C. in October of 2002; and most recently his beautiful niece - Ashley Watson in January of 2021. Wesley will be dearly missed.
Funeral memorial for the late Wesley Walter Wade will be held on June 26th, 2023 at the Verdant Valley Community Hall at 12:30 p.m. A private family interment will be held at the Drumheller Cemetery.

Condolences to the family of Ron Maltin



July 29, 1947 - May 25, 2023

Ron was born in Drumheller Hospital and spent his childhood roaming the hills of Rosedale. The family moved to New Westminster in the 50’s, then to Edmonton in 1960 where Ron attended High School. He was an avid tennis player, skateboarder (long before it was a “thing”) and skier (doing trips to Whitefish Montana long before it was a destination ski area).
Ron returned to Drumheller in 1970 where he helped the family get Apollo Lanes off the ground. In the early seventies he travelled to Europe with an extended stay in Morocco to assist a local family on their “farm”. Upon return to Canada he managed the bowling alley in Stettler before heading to the East Coast and living in Nova Scotia. Ron again returned to Drumheller in 1977 to assist the family in running Apollo Lanes until they sold the business and Ron headed back to Edmonton.
Ron moved back to Drum in the early 90’s to stay. Ron worked for Freson Bros and both the Drumheller Valley Times and the Drumheller Mail as a photographer and reporter before working as the Manager of the Wal-Mart Photo Shop, and finally running Top Down Tours showing tourists the sights in the Drumheller Valley and area.
One of Ron’s many passions was the theatre, both acting in, and directing plays. In the late 70’s he was heavily involved in the formation of a Drama School which ran in the summers at DCHS. His depiction of Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol” was one of many memorable roles and he took a lead in developing Dinner Theatre in Drum. One of the plays in which he acted and directed had a run at Rosebud and in Calgary. Ron was also an extremely avid motorcyclist who collected and rode numerous vintage British bikes over the years.
In his later years, health problems limited his physical activities, but he continued to pursue his passions driving to the States for cigar shows and hanging out in Washington and Oregon wine country. Ron’s life was generally at full throttle and a fitting epigram can be found in the immortal words of Hunter S. Thompson: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
Ride on Ron.
Ron is survived by his brother Gary (Vivian), his nephew Henry (Kayla), his grand niece Kali, and a number of cousins.