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Condolences to the family of John Harry Kohut


John Harry

August 27, 1939 - November 15, 2020

Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Brother- in- law and Friend.
Departed this world on November 15, 2020 at the age of 81 years old. John was predeceased by his wife Irene, his son John Jr., his parents and 3 brothers.
John will be missed by so many. He loved being involved in the Rotary Club and the many initiatives they have undertaken over the 45 years he was a member. He was very involved in helping get the waterslide added to our pool. In fact, there were buttons calling it “Kohut’s Slide.”
John and Irene started Hi-way 9 Express in 1969. John was extremely proud of the company and his family. He was thrilled every time he saw one of the trucks and trailers even up to his final days. His heart and soul were in the company. He touched and influenced many lives while providing opportunities for those around him to have successful lives of their own.
John was known as the “Bear” for many reasons. He was a large man in stature, with a big giving heart to match. His strong vocal chords always let you know when he was around, and whispering was not in his vocabulary.
The Bear was a bigger than life Drumheller character whose story of success was epitomized by humble beginnings and a lot of hard work. His unwavering and selfless support to the community will be sorely missed.
John had 4 children, 12 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.
John and Irene were married for 60 years until Irene’s passing last year.
John leaves to mourn his daughter Heather (Kelly) Colberg, son Darrell (Kathy), son Dean (Katherine).
His grandchildren Trent, Taylor & Madison Colberg, Christopher Kohut, Karly Bensmiller, Kyle Kohut, Scott Kohut, Kristine Gillion, Jeffrey, Tyler & Mackenzie Kohut, Paige Roberge, and his 8 beautiful great grandchildren. He is going to be missed so much!
John was like an ever-ready battery. With too many health issues to count; we always thought he should become a medical project because he would beat one health issue, only to have to deal with another. John’s famous words were, “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.”
John spent many hours on his Goldwing Trike this past summer; it was his pride and joy. People would say, “Wow 81 years old and still riding”.
John finally lost his battle with heart and lung disease on November 15. He now rests in peace and is once again reunited with his wife Irene and son John Jr.
A celebration of life will take place at a future date.
Donations can be made to: Heart to Heart Society, Box 162, Drumheller, Alberta T0J 0Y0
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements.

Condolences to the family of Alberto D'Urbano (Albert Durbano)


(Albert Durbano)

December 14, 1935 - November 15, 2020

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Albert on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at the Drumheller Regional Hospital.
Albert immigrated to Canada in 1956 leaving his home in Brecciarola, Italy. Leaving behind his parents Amedeo and Rosa, as well as his eight siblings Filomena, Claudio, Rolando, Adelia, Clara, Maria, Romeo and Elio. Albert was predeceased by his beloved parents and siblings.
Albert moved to Wayne, Alberta in 1974 and worked many years as a carpenter. Albert became very fond of the Drumheller Valley and never wanted to leave it. Albert’s passion was hockey and baseball and making a wicked Pasta!!! Albert coached and umpired baseball for 40 plus years which gave him a spot in the Alberta Sports Hall of fame in 2008.
Albert met his late wife Donna in Calgary where they were married in April of 1968. Albert is survived by son Doug, daughter Allison, son Allan, and daughter Katherine. His grandchildren Lisa, Ryan, Tessa, Kimberly, Brady, Jonathon, Jesse, Jarred, Nik, Sophia and Carver. His great grandchildren Roman, Emilia and Ethan. His brother-in-law and sister-in-law Wayne and Liz Chapin and sister-in-law Lilianna Caratella. His sons-in-law Clark and Buck and daughters-in-law Jody and Marie. Alberto’s nephews and nieces Aldo, Claudio, Moreno, Marina, Dora, Paolo, Lello, Luciano, Wayne and Sheldon. Also, all other extended family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Memory of Albert Durbano to Drumheller Minor Baseball Association.

Condolences to the family of Lloyd W. Anderson


Lloyd W.

August 27, 1943 - November 6, 2020

Lloyd W. Anderson was born August 27, 1943 in Calgary, Alberta to George and Ruth Anderson.
Lloyd was raised in Hanna, AB, until he joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1961. He served over 20 years receiving numerous honour awards. He received the Canadian Declaration Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Lloyd did two tours in Cypress as well as three months in Australia. He earned his wings with the Airborne Regiment. Lloyd was head cook for the Canadian Olympic Committee in Calgary, AB for the 1988 Olympics as well as serving members of the Royal Family (Prince Phillip).
Lloyd married Margaret (Peggy) Sloan in August 1964, and they had two children. Joanne was born in November 1964, and Jim was born in March 1967.
Lloyd was stationed in Calgary, AB, Prince George, B.C., Lahr, West Germany, and Baden, West Germany. His family travelled Germany and Switzerland while stationed there, enjoying skiing, wine fests, beer fests, camping, and travelling. He then retired in 1982 staying in Baden, Germany working as a civilian employee for the Junior Ranks as a manager. After Germany, the family moved to Edmonton and Lloyd worked for a mobile home company on the reserve.
Lloyd was involved with the Car Club Mainstreet Cruisers, having a lifetime membership. He enjoyed travelling around Alberta and Saskatchewan to car shows, and even to Ontario. He drove his 63 Dodge Panel to Ontario. In 1997 they moved home to Delia where he managed the Delia arena for 15 years. Lloyd retired from the arena in 2000 and travelled across Canada to Ontario, Nova Scotia, and the USA to visit family and friends. He was active in the municipal affairs being the Town Mayor of Delia for a number of years.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Peggy of 56 years; daughter Joanne (Jay) of Hanna; son Jim (Sandra) of Perry Sound, Ontario; and grandson Dawson; sisters: Norma Devereaux (Charlie) Red Deer, AB, Donna Grover, Calgary, AB; brother Mervin (Donna) High River, AB; and many nieces and nephews.
Lloyd was predeceased by his parents: mother (Ruth) in 1977 and father (George) in 1981; brother-in-law David Sloan in 2018; in-laws: Howard Sloan (1996) and Violet Sloan (2005).
We will always cherish the great memories and the great stories.
RIP Lloyd you have earned your wings. Love you.
We would like to thank all the nurses and doctors, at the Hanna Hospital, Drumheller Hospital and the Foothills Hospital for all the special care you provided Lloyd during his time of illness.
Due to COVID, a memorial service will be held in the spring of 2021.
If desired, donations in memory of Lloyd can be made directly to STARS air ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8M7.
Hanna Funeral Services Ltd., entrusted with the care and arrangements; 403-854-5956,