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Condolences to the family of Robert Douglas Hunter



Robert Douglas

1944 – 2019

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Robert Douglas Hunter (Bob) who passed away peacefully in Burns Lake, BC on February 24. Bob was born in Drumheller, AB and served with the Royal Canadian Navy in Esquimalt, BC from 1961 to 1974. In 1974 Bob moved with his young family to Kitimat, BC to start a 25 year-long career as security guard/first responder/firefighter at the aluminum smelter. Bob retired to Granisle, BC in 2000 where he was able to continue life-long passions for hunting, fishing and spending time in the outdoors, as well as focus on new interests including golf and gardening. Contributing to his community was important for Bob, and in retirement was able to apply his knowledge and experience to support a number of causes, including serving his community at the Granisle Volunteer Fire Department and the Lions Club. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Judy; daughter Sandra; son Christopher (Jodie); grandsons Robert, Charles, Kade, Kai and Asher; and brother Doug. He will be missed by a large extended family. Bob is pre-deceased by his father Lawrence; mother Dorothy; brother Don; and son Darryl. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s name would be appreciated to the Alzheimer Society of BC or the Canadian Diabetes Assoc. ‘People often ask me how I would like to be remembered and I answer that I would simply like to be remembered - Roy Orbison’ A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 9 in the Granisle Seniors Centre. Condolences for the Hunter family may be offered at

Condolences to the family of Arnold Leon Rasmussen



Arnold Leon

September 11, 1926 - February 6, 2019

Arnold passed away quietly at the age of 92, on February 6, 2019 at Breton, Alberta. Arnold was born in Calgary and raised on the family farm near Standard, Alberta. The Farm meant a great deal to him and he was always welcomed “home” for visits by his dear nephew Brian Rasmussen (Shelley) and family. Arnold had a fine intellect and successfully applied his outstanding mechanical aptitude and ingenuity to a multitude of projects, business ventures and farming. If a machine that he needed didn’t exist, he’d design and build it. He also contributed greatly to his brothers’ racing endeavours, from the track on the farm to the Indy 500. He loved his pets and enjoyed his long time in the Breton area. He is survived by Gail, his loving wife of almost 39 years and by the children from his first marriage: Val Rasmussen, Gerri Rasmussen (Ulrich Hofer), Janet Rasmussen (Frank Albus), Brenda Scott, Blaine Rasmussen and Bev Brown (Gerry), 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Arnold is also survived by his sister Lois Paulson and brother Eldon Rasmussen (Dianne), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Arnold was predeceased by his brother Gordon Rasmussen and sisters Dagny Anderson and Lucille Fortier. At Arnold’s request, there will be no service. The family would like to thank the staff at Breton Long Term Care where Arnold spent his last few months after a long, healthy adventure of a life. Memorial Contributions may be made to Breton Long Term Care, 4919 49 Avenue, Breton, Alberta T0C 0P0. Photos, memories and condolences can be shared at Serenity Funeral Services:

Condolences to the family of Cecil Botkin




April 13, 1925 - February 16, 2019

Dad was born in Fillmore, Saskatchewan in 1925. He had 2 brothers and 5 sisters. Dad and Mom (Ida) were married for 69 years and had 4 daughters: Carol Drotos (Leslie), Darlaine Fuhlendorf (Arno), Linda Drotos (Joe) and Karen Smith (Paul). They had 9 grandchildren who Grandad loved immensely. They took them on holidays, fishing trips, and spent hours playing cards and just talking about their lives. My kids remember fondly an RV trip they took with them to Alaska. They also have many great-grandchildren who were the joy of his life. In their early days they had a dairy farm in Brooks and in 1973 moved to Carbon to grain farm. Then they retired to Drumheller and built and flipped 3 houses to keep busy and joined Pioneer Trail Centre where they had many friends. In 2011 they moved to Sunshine Lodge and after Mom died in 2014, Dad went to Hillview and then into Continuing Care. He was well looked after by all the staff and they made his final years pleasant. Thanks to all who did such a great job. There will be no funeral service.