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Condolences to the family of John Peter Vereschagin


John Peter

It is with great sadness that the family of John Peter Vereschagin announces his peaceful passing with his loving family by his side at the age of 74. John was predeceased by his wife Dawn (nee Phillips) in 1996, his parents Peter and Dorothy Vereschagin and his brother Harry Vereschagin. John leaves to mourn his passing, his sons, Peter (Julie) Vereschagin and their children Stoya and Saulanna of Lethbridge and Ken (Lisa) Vereschagin and their child Logan of Drumheller and many family members from both the Vereschagin and Phillips family. John worked for the City of Calgary at the Water Treatment Plant until his retirement in 2009 for a total of 27 years of service. John enjoyed watching football and hockey and he always cheered for the Montreal Canadians and the Calgary Stampeders. John could often be seen enjoying a cup of coffee with his buddies at McDonald’s and jujubes in his candy jar at home. He was lovingly referred to as The Snack King among his family and could always be counted on for bringing the best treats to a family get together. Over the last decade, John enjoyed nothing more than spoiling his grandchildren with the neatest, noisiest knick knacks and toys, the more required assembly the better. It was part of John’s unique sense of humour. Although John is no longer with us, we take great comfort in our memories and laughs that we have all shared over the years. In lieu of flowers, the family would like people to donate to a charity of their choice.
A Graveside Service will be held at the Drumheller Cemetery on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 1:30 p.m. Please meet at the front entrance to proceed to the grave site. A Celebration of Life will follow the service, please RSVP

Prairie Rose Cremation & Funeral Services 403-823-5151

Condolences to the family of William (Bill) Penner


William (Bill)

June 27, 1940 - November 12, 2022

It is with deep sorrow and much love that our family mourns the passing of Bill. He passed away November 12, 2022 in Drumheller, Alberta at the age of 82.
Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of almost 60 years, Barbara and his daughter Donna (Leo) Johnson, son Kelly (partner Jackie). Four granddaughters Nichole Clayholt, Justine Berry, Mikaela Herd, Melissa Penner and step granddaughter Chelsea Cole. Four great grandchildren, Clara, Addalyn, Sloan and Oliver and two sisters, Kathy (Rob) Fletcher and Betty (Tom) Lewis. As well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.
Bill was predeceased by his father John and his mother Elizabeth, three brothers, John, Corny, Walter and two sisters, Agnes and Anne. He was born in Rosemary, Alberta but grew up on the family farm in Gem, Alberta until he left at an early age to work in the oilfield. This job brought him to Drumheller where he met Barbara and from here went to Taber, Alberta. Upon leaving the oilfield, he returned to the farm for a few years and then moved to Drumheller where he operated a transportation business with semi trucks hauling grain and livestock. Bill also worked for the Alberta government as a bridge inspector mostly in northern Alberta, but did work on the East Coulee bridge. Bill opened Penner Shoe Sales and Repairs in Drumheller and repaired many soles for clients in and around Drumheller. Closing the store, he did handyman jobs until he was hired as coordinator/driver for the Drumheller Valley Bus. He enjoyed helping people and worked at this job until he retired. Bill enjoyed gardening and coached minor hockey, also going to the farm and on occasion would help with harvest.
Bill had a very deep involvement with the Elks and held the position of Exalted Ruler. He assisted in fundraising events in the community raising funds to purchase the first handi-bus and he called bingo at the Elks hall for many years.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25th, 2022, at the Knox United Church, 195 3rd Avenue East, Drumheller, Alberta.
If so desired, please make a donation to the Heart to Heart Society of Drumheller, Box 162, Drumheller, Alberta
T0J 0Y0 or the Alzheimer Society, G5, 5550 45 Street, Red Deer Alberta, T4N 1L1 on behalf of Bill or feel free to contribute to any organization of your choice.

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

Condolences to the family of William Thomas Downe


William Thomas

September 29, 1943 – October 26, 2022

We lost our father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and son. William Thomas Downe, 79, unexpectedly passed away the morning of October 26, in his home. He was a man who saw the best in everyone and enjoyed his days most when they were spent with his kids or grandkids. He is survived by his two children Tina Cassidy (Cliff) and Alan Downe (Jennifer); grandchildren Aidan, Liam, Kaitlyn, Haley, Addison, and Alyssa; his mother Anne Downe; sister Carol Stalker; and brother Dave Downe (Annette). He spent his early fatherhood years as a volunteer in the town of Three Hills, involved in hockey and baseball, and was an active member of the Three Hills Kinsmen. His last few years were spent following the softball and volleyball adventures of his granddaughters, Haley, Addi, and Alyssa, via social media. Also, in recent years he loved attending basketball games to cheer on Aidan and Kaitlyn, and volleyball games to cheer on Liam. He loved explaining the details of their successes and games; and never tired of retelling the game! He also enjoyed almost daily conversations with his sister, Carol, and sharing about the happenings out in the country. Those days were filled with happiness and wonderful memories! He will forever be missed but is in a better place walking the streets of heaven, pain-free! Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with William’s family through