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Condolences to the family of Brian Arthur Boe


Brian Arthur

November 29, 1944 - August 19, 2023
(age 78)

Mr. Brian Arthur Boe of Drumheller, beloved husband of Gaye Boe passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 19th, 2023 at the Drumheller Hospital at the age of 78 years.
Brian was born to Hans and Erna Boe on November 29, 1944, in Drumheller, Alberta. Brian took his early schooling at Blue Spring School in Dalum, then the new school in Dalum until grade nine. He then went to Hussar High School and graduated from Drumheller High School. Brian attended S.A.I.T. prior to starting his farming career. He started farming with his dad Hans, and then he took over the family farm upon his dad’s retirement until he himself retired and his sons now work the family farm. Although farming was Brian’s passion, he had many other interests and pastimes including curling, baseball, golfing, politics and playing cards. Brian and Gaye enjoyed their winters in Yuma, Arizona and their summers at their cabin at Fish Lake. He will be sadly missed by his family and a lifetime of friends.
Brian leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Gaye, two sons Mitchell Hans (Amanda), Kalen Brian, grandchildren Adeline Erna and Greyson Mitchell, two sisters Linda McGrath, Irene Zimmer, and many nieces, nephews, and their families.
Brian was predeceased by his parents Hans & Erna Boe, his daughter Sine Boe, adopted daughter Christine Ireland, and brother-in-law Carl Zimmer.
A memorial service will be held Friday, August 25, 2023, at 2:00 P.M. at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Dalum with Pastor Dan Hendrickson officiating, interment will follow in the Dalum Cemetery. If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Dalum Lutheran Church.
Courtney-Winter’s Funeral Homes are in care of the arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Sharleen (Lund) Douglass



July 4, 1951 - August 10, 2023

Sharleen (Lund) Douglass, 72, of East Coulee, passed away on August 10th after a brief battle with cancer.
Sharleen was born on July 4th, 1951, in Bassano, AB to Bronc and Jacqueline Lund.
She was a lady who wore many hats over her lifetime. Starting at a young age, she helped her mom cook for hired men and helped her dad tend to cattle on the Three Walking Sticks Ranch, entered cattle data on computers ‘bigger than a house’, loaded night trains with cattle in Pincher Creek at the Palmer Ranch in Southern Alberta, and worked at Lakeside. Sharleen travelled the world with an active travel business as well as owning a real estate business. She settled in East Coulee buying and selling real estate. She had a knack for working on and fixing up properties. She also ran antique stores in Drumheller and East Coulee.
Sharleen had a passion for writing, politics, and advocating for causes near and dear to her heart. There wasn’t a fight she wasn’t willing to take on. We will miss her greatly.
Sharleen was predeceased by her father Bronc Lund, her mother Jacqueline Lund, and her brother Lorne Lund. She is survived by her three sons, Jonathan (Sarah) Colt and Jace; Matthew (Norma) Briar, Cameron, and Jane; and Michael (Lindsay) Darcie, Adele, and Mac, all of whom she fiercely loved. Sharleen is also survived by her sister Corrinne (Ian) Zeer and family, and her many friends she has met along the way.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the special people who helped take care of Sharleen in the last few months as well as the staff at Sundre Hospital. There will be a Celebration of Life on August 29th, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at Dorothy Hall.

Condolences to the family of Larry Merkel



1945 - 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our Father and Papa, Mr. Larry Merkel on Friday, July 28, 2023, in Red Deer, Alberta at the age of 77 years. Larry was born in Drumheller, Alberta, and was the eldest son of Emil and Herta Merkel. Larry was raised on the family farmstead with his two siblings, Brian, and Darryl. Larry began his love for farming at the tender age of 8 years, where he began milking cows and performing other farm chores, and this is where his strong work ethic was instilled. After graduating high school in 1963, Larry ventured to Chicago, Illinois to attend a technical institute to learn how to operate and repair heavy equipment, which provided necessary skills to help out on the family farm. After working in farming for a few years Larry wanted to work in the construction industry, so his young family moved to Okotoks, Alberta, and he became involved with building apartment complexes and houses in Calgary, Alberta. With the onset of the early 1980s, Larry continued with his passion of working on the oil rigs from when he was younger. Larry worked as a driller and later was promoted to a tool push with Can-Tex Drilling and Exploration. His real passions were working in the farming and oil rig industries. After retiring from the oil rigs, Larry focused his energy on another passion where he became a successful investor in the stock and futures markets. Larry was an avid outdoor enthusiast, where he enjoyed fly fishing, camping, and hunting. He also loved sports, especially hockey and softball, which he played with the Okotoks Oldtimers. Larry also loved watching the New Zealand All Blacks play in the National Rugby League. He also enjoyed leisure time at the beaches and local swimming pools soaking up the sun. Larry was a gifted problem solver, and he had an amazing talent for fixing anything from a Caterpillar D8, a drilling rig that froze up at minus 60 degrees Celsius, or any problem that life could throw at him. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, words of encouragement and strong work ethic as he was still doing 245 pushups every other day. His joy was spending time with his family. With his terrific sense of humor and soft heart for his grandchildren, he would join them in getting a temporary tattoo. Larry is survived by his three sons; Gary (Radya), Derek and Bret (Patti); and their mother Mae; along with his grandchildren, Sophia, Zayn, Cody, Ryan, Joel, Sidney, and Ty.
Larry’s motto was “the only thing stopping you from doing anything in life is fear”.
Thank you, Dad, and Papa, for everything you did for us and the knowledge and wisdom you shared. We will miss you dearly. Farewell.
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Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.