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Condolences to the family of John Wesley Goudy


John Wesley

October 10, 1936 - November 6, 2023

John Wesley Goudy passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home near Markerville on November 6, 2023. He went to be with his Lord and Savior at the age of 87 years.
He is predeceased by his parents, Laura Goudy (Croswell) and Myles Goudy and his brother James Goudy.
He is survived by Lorna Elizabeth Goudy (Hamilton), his loving wife of 61 years.
Lovingly remembered by his 4 children, 15 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.
His oldest son, Wesley Goudy and wife Victoria along with their 3 children: Myles Goudy and wife Kori and 2 children, Elizabeth and Rebekah; Kristin and husband Francis Quinn; and Carlin Goudy;
His oldest daughter, Shaunah Coad and husband Bruce and 5 children: Kailynn Coad; Karl Coad and wife Sophia and 2 kids, Brielle, and Renley; Rachel Coad; Rebekah Coad; and Debra Coad.
His second daughter, Dawn Russell (Mitch, deceased) and 4 kids: Alexander Russell and wife Erika and 3 kids, Clara, James, and Benjamin; Matthew Russell and wife Vanessa; Mitchell Russell and Ashley; and Meaghan Russell.
His second son, John A. Goudy and wife Antonia and 3 sons, Josiah Goudy, Jacob Goudy, and John Alec Goudy.
The service will be held at the Nazarene Church in Drumheller tentatively on February 3 at 1:00 p.m.
John was born in Calgary, AB on October 10, 1936.
From a young age, John Goudy was no stranger to hard work. (a legacy he carried for the next 71 years). At 16 years old, he worked up in the harsh conditions of the northern Alberta logging camps and then ended up working for the Hudson Bay Company in Edmonton in the credit accounts department. Perhaps this lent to his impressive skill of calculating math incredibly quickly in his head, a talent that no doubt served him well throughout his life in business. He married his sweetheart Lorna E. Hamilton on June 23, 1962 in Edmonton, Alberta
where they lived for 8 more years and were blessed with 3 of their 4 children, Wes, Shaunah, and Dawn. Starting Inland Plastics in Olds in 1970, he then moved the fledgling company to Rosedale in 1971 where John and Lorna had their 4th child, John, and where he established the present day head office of Inland Plastics which within 5 years he had led into such profitability that distribution centers could be added in Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver, and Chicago over the next 20 years. In recent years, he had up to 60 or more employees and continued to work up until his body would no longer allow it 6 weeks ago.
Although John was exceptionally gifted and hard working at his business, his deepest devotion was first to his Lord and Savior, Jesus, his family and his church. He will be missed by many in the Drumheller Nazarene church where he faithfully attended and served as a board member and Bible study leader for several decades, including those who grew to know and appreciate him through his attendance at, and support of the Nazarene camp Harmattan near Sundre. The extent of John’s vast generosity to multiple charities were little known to even his own children until his passing. This included support of charitable organizations, some of which were known
to be first on the scene with portable hospitals, shelters, food, water and supplies in response to the casualties of natural disasters and war torn zones worldwide. He has left a legacy of faith, generosity, strong work ethic, grace and forgiveness. He will be sorely missed.

Condolences to the family of Rene Omer Gaucher


Rene Omer

July 21, 1949 - November 4, 2023

Rene passed away peacefully at home in Morrin on November 4th at the age of 74. Rene was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan to Omer and Cecil Gaucher July 21, 1949. Rene lived and worked in the Drumheller area for many years where he was well known in the community and his familiar face around town will be missed by many.
Rene leaves to mourn his grandchildren Elizabeth and Connor Gaucher, Colton and Jessica Wolf, Caitlin (Devon) Heck, Nicole Wolf, Tanner Wolf, Tony and Terri Huxley,
his sister Louise Bouvier, and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves to mourn Sandy’s family.
He was predeceased by the love of his life Sandy Wolf, his son Michael Gaucher, his parents, 2 sisters, and a brother.
Respecting Rene’s wishes, there will be no funeral service held.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in Rene’s memory, please send donations to the ALS Society of Alberta.

Condolences to the family of Patricia Arlene Elkes


Patricia Arlene

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Patricia Arlene Elkes announce her passing on the eve of October 29; at the age of 86 years. Mom was born the third of six children, on June 28, 1937 to Wanda and Parker Winslow. Mom lived her whole life in Drumheller, as she called it, the ‘Hills of Home.’ As a young girl she spent many hours helping her dad with chores at Central School which is where her strong work ethic was formed and the love to be by her dad’s side. Through her life she worked at Fulton’s Ladies Wear, OK Economy, IGA, Hussar Credit Union and then at DeMott Floors where she was so happy to be able to spend these working days next to her sister Delores. Mom’s nature was apparent of who she was as she received the Rotary’s Most Courteous Clerk of the Year award. Mom married Jack Elkes in 1957 and soon after she was blessed with two children, Marty, and two years later, Jill. Mom will be deeply missed for her positive nature, compassion and kindness. One thing that always came first was the love for her children and their families, with her whole heart. Mom is survived by her husband Jack of 66 years, son Marty (Cheryl), Shelby (Brandon) and Brinley Elkes. As well as, daughter Jill (Kevin) Verstrepen, Ashely (Matt) Rowland, Stacie (Evan) Pettis and Corey Verstrepen. Four great grandchildren Aiden and Jaxson Rowland and Abbie and Ashton Pettis. Her sisters Delores (Joe) DeMott, Velma Dunlop, one brother Lee (Sharon) Winslow, brother-in-law Wayne McComb and many nieces and nephews. Mom was pre-deceased by her parents, sisters Nita (Ivan) Olsen, Gerry McComb and brother-in-law Francis Dunlop. God has received a true angel. Per mom’s request there will be no service. There will be a family gathering at a later date.
Prairie Rose Cremation and Funeral Services have been entrusted with arrangements.