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Condolences to the family of Donald Walker



September 6, 1946 - January 16, 2024

Donald Ray Walker was born in Drumheller, Alberta, on September 6, 1946. Don passed away peacefully at home in Morinville, Alberta, at the age of 77 on January 16, 2024.
Don is survived by his devoted wife, Pat of 50 years. He is also survived by his brothers, Al (Ett), Dave (Evelyn), Dennis (Adele); sister, Mary Lynn (Al); and sisters-in-law, Judy Walker and Sharon Kelly; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.
Don was predeceased by his dad, Bill; mom, Edna; brother, Gord; and brother-in-law, Tom Kelly.
Forever loved, always missed, walking effortlessly as well as soaring like an eagle.

Condolences to the family of John Henry Bolin


John Henry

1927 - 2024

It is with sincere sadness that we announce the passing of John Henry Bolin on January 20th, 2024, at the age of 96.
John was born in 1927 in Fahler, Alberta. Adopted at a young age, his childhood was spent on the family farm in the Munson area. He was always busy breaking horses and tending crops. He loved farming and he was very good at it, winning awards for his crop tending. Farm life never left John, as his love for tractors was evident in his home. Since the gift of an authentic 1927 John Deere tractor on his 65th birthday, John continued to own and rebuild tractors for years with the help of his friends.
As time went on, money was needed to provide for his growing family, so John worked in numerous trades including: oil rigs, railroad work, hardware repair, as an electrician, managing a coin laundry, and even as a Disc Jockey! Eventually he found his love driving a truck, working for Uncle Ben’s in Red Deer. He would go on to own his own company, John Bolin Trucking, delivering mobile homes. “Grandpa Big Truck” kept working well into his 80’s.
John loved spending summers at Wilderness Village; living the simple life in an RV and enjoying the firepit with a coffee or drink in hand. He met many people and made countless friendships during his years at Wilderness. During the winter, he could usually be found in his workshop building woodworking projects for family and friends. John was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Red Deer Legion.
Throughout John’s life, hockey was a leading pastime. He played the game as a young man, was a Referee at Alberta Amateur Hockey, and had a chance to attend an NHL Referee tryout. The Calgary Flames were his favourite team, he never missed a game, and was a great armchair referee and coach.
Left behind to mourn their loss are his wife of 54 years, Evelyn, his children Paulette (Tom) Eccleston, Wilma Fagnon, Tom (Laurie) Bolin, Christine (Doug) McAlister, Bernice (David), Doug (Laureen) Bolin, Suzanne (Wayne) Ouellette, Ray (Lisa) Bolin, Kelly (Jackie) Bolin, Monika Bolin, Rosanne (Stan) Lieskovsky, Glenda Hall, Carla Woolman, Heather (Dave) Stewart; his three surviving siblings Theresa, Jeanette, and Charles; 36 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. John was predeceased by his son James Bolin Smart; son-in-law Douglas Hall; sisters Lucille and Annette; brothers Frank, Joseph, Henri, Phillip, and Paul; and also, by Lucille Quigg
In respect to John’s wishes, there will not be a service, but a memorial will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Red Deer Minor Hockey Association at 4725 C 43 Street, Red Deer, Alberta. Condolences to John’s family may be emailed to Please indicate “Bolin” in the subject line.
Arrangements in care of
Meaningful Memorials Funeral Service
A locally owned cremation and funeral provider
serving Red Deer and all of Central Alberta

Condolences to the family of Ann Horn

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January 4, 2024

It’s with great sadness to announce the death of Ann Horn who passed away unexpectedly on January 4, 2024. Ann Susie Horn was born in Vanderhoof, British Columbia. Her parents were Cornelius and Agnes Funk.
Predeceased by her first husband Terry Horn and daughter Sherry Horn. As well as her deceased siblings Peter and wife Marge, Jacob and wife Jessie and niece Darlene; Issac, Willie and wife Sarah, sister Mary and husband Bill.
Survived by common law partner Allan Poynter, granddaughters Alisha and Brianna. Great grand daughters Alessia and Isabella. Also survived by her sisters Wilma and husband John, and Lois and Don and numerous nieces and nephews.
She moved to Calgary in 1969 where she met her first love, Terry Horn. Ann did not drive and had ordered a cab, Terry was her cab driver and he asked her out the minute he saw her. They spent 35 years happily together and introduced their daughter Sherry Horn to the world in 1972. They loved family camping trips and would often plan weekend trips to BC to cut down wood for their fire place. Ann and Terry both had a great love for Country Western music and had hopes to go to Nashville once they had retired. Ann worked at Bow Valley Retirement Center in Calgary for over 25 years. She had such a loving heart for the elderly population and would often pride herself on helping others. Ann and Terry both retired in 2008 and bought a home in Drumheller. Terry passed away in 2009. Ann joined many community groups such as the Legion and the Red Hatter Society. She was a social butterfly who was unapologetically herself. She loved to chat with people and get to know them, often asking about their daily plans and ‘what’s for dinner tonight?’. Ann rekindled her friendship with Allan after the passing of his wife. Ann and Allan had both went through similar situations where they had lost their significant others and found great joy in keeping each other company and being there for one another. Ann and Allan got together in 2010 and they found such joy in going on day trips to the city, listening to music and talking. Allan didn’t mind driving Ann to do the shopping but he wasn’t one for going inside. He started bringing a book because he knew Annie would be inside talking to people for awhile.
Ann made multiple trips to Ontario to visit her granddaughters and was very excited to be a great grandma. She didn’t like to be called grandma because she felt as though that aged her and preferred to be called Grams. Ann was so proud of her granddaughters and was known for always talking about them. Ann was a huge Flames fan and would sit at the end of the couch yelling ‘ye ha’ every time they scored. Monday nights we knew not to call because she liked to watch her wrestling. She would always make her famous chip dip, blueberry pancakes and delicious desserts and would give people desserts for Christmas. Ann loved deeply and fiercely. She was extremely thoughtful and generous. She will be greatly missed as she was surely one of a kind. A celebration of life will be held in the spring and the date will be announced at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and stroke Foundation.