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DICK, Eldon Edmond

DICK, Eldon Edmond

Eldon Edmond Dick was born September 10, 1942, in Drumheller, Alberta, the only child of Edmond and Mae Dick of Trochu. Raised on the farm west of Trochu, Eldon rode his horse to the Creekside country school for eight years.  Can’t you see the horse races with his school chums on the way home!! Later, Eldon attended Trochu Valley School, travelling by school bus. We heard that he was one of the class clowns, cracking jokes and having a great time when the teacher left the room. We are not sure how he avoided “Henry,” the classroom strap. In later years Eldon loved attending class reunions to visit with his old classmates. With his parents, Eldon attended a small country church called Curlew.  He enjoyed being with his Sunday school friends each week as they listened to the Word of God being taught. The highlight of his summers would be his town cousins and friends coming to stay at the farm.  Of course, he  loved to show off his skills—riding steers, gathering eggs from cranky hens, squirting milk into cats' mouths. Once, Eldon and his boy cousin tried flying off the well-house roof using an umbrella! He would later admit to being a handful of energy for his older parents during his childhood years. Eldon loved his six years in the Huxley 4-H beef club, in which he showed Shorthorn cattle just as his grandfather had done. Eldon would be involved with cattle all of his life. Over the years, he attended many seminars and meetings to learn the cattle business and grass management. In May 1953, Eldon was in the Trochu hospital to have his tonsils removed. After a tense encounter with the hospital nursing nuns he chose to prepare his soul for eternity, accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Eldon had a servant spirit.  He was the chore boy of the community.  Neighbors often called on him to do their chores when they went away on holidays or asked him to do field work.  He worked willingly. As a teen Eldon attended the young people's program at Bethel Evangelical United Brethren church in Three Hills, thanks to the generosity of neighbors who drove him to church. At young people's he enjoyed many friends who stayed close for life. As an adult, besides farming, Eldon worked for a painting contractor, painting schools, homes and churches for 15 months.  It was during this time, on April 12, 1969, that Eldon married Carole Clark of Stettler, Alberta, having met her at church. Carole had come to town to work in the Canadian Sunday School Mission office. In September, 1969, eager to return to farm life, Eldon and Carole moved to the Lousana area to become managers of the Japan Evangelical Mission (JEM) farm.  JEM used the farm, along with donations of grain, to raise funds that were used on the mission field in both Japan and Brazil. Eldon and Carole managed the farm for the mission for 15 years.  During that time their two daughters, Laureen and Ronda, were born. Eldon came to love the men on the farm board—they were so kind and had good advice to share. In 1975, Eldon and Carole travelled to Japan to witness the mission's work firsthand; that trip meant a great deal to Eldon. Speaking of his years working on the JEM farm, Eldon said, “We fed around 300 steers year round; we bedded around 20,000 small square bales donated by the local community farmers.”  He remarked, “I am glad they had me when I was young as we handled each bale five times.” During the years of working the Lousana farm, Eldon and Carole also grain farmed his parents' quarters 35 miles away. During harvest, both worked long hours to finish before the snow flew. In 1984, Eldon and Carole were given the opportunity to purchase the JEM farm from the mission, becoming owners of the farm they had managed for so long. In 2000, the couple decided to stop grain farming to raise cattle. Over the years Eldon enjoyed serving on several boards including those for Camp Silversides, the Canadian Sunday School Mission and the Grey Wooded Forage Association. In 2007, Eldon and Carole moved five miles from the Lousana farm so Ronda and son-in-law, Matt, could take over the cattle business. He wasn’t ready to retire, so Eldon enjoyed farming alongside Ronda and Matt and the grandchildren. His help has been invaluable to them, as has been his constant encouragement. Eldon passed away unexpectedly in his sleep from a heart attack on November 14, 2014, at the age of 72.  He will be remembered for his smile, humor, big laugh and his helping spirit.  One remark made by a young person,  “Eldon  was such a bright and positive person with a heart-warming honest smile." It is comforting to know that he will be waiting for us in heaven. Eldon was predeceased by his parents, Edmond (1986) and Mae (Sweet) Dick (1990). Eldon is survived by his wife, Carole, his older daughter, Laureen (Graydon) Smithers and grandsons Kyle and Devon, his younger daughter, Ronda (Matt) Tees and children Calvin, Wyatt, Bennett, Aldora, Bluesette and Addeline. Also surviving are first cousins Jean Derksen, Ray and Doretta Dalseg, Harvey and Mary Shackleton, Gill Dalberg, Lorna Dick (Damian), Lyle Dick, Leslie Dick (Carl), Merle and Heather Dick, Daryl and Elaine Dick, and Janice and Steven MacRay. Memorial services were held on Mon., Nov. 24 at 2:00 pm at the Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church, Three Hills. Memorial donations may be made to One Hope Canada (Canadian Sunday School Mission). Kneehill Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements  403-443-5111 or 403-442-2023.

 

HEAD, Gordon

HEAD, Gordon

Gordon Head was born in Hamilton, Ontario.  He became a believer in Jesus Christ at the age of 16 and followed Him throughout his life. Gordon joined the Canadian Navy at the age of 18 and served as a Submarine Detector in the North Atlantic on ...

PARKER, Mabel Helen

PARKER, Mabel Helen

Mabel Helen Parker was born July 27, 1919 in Medicine Hat to parents Austin and Alma McKibbin. They moved to the Three Hills area in 1920 and in 1928 purchased some J.C. Long farmland one mile south of Three Hills. The family grew with the arriv...

GIECK, Loreen

GIECK, Loreen

Memorial services for the late Loreen Gieck will be held Friday, November 28, 2014, at 2:00 pm at Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church, Three Hills, Alberta.

BRAHAM, George Owen

BRAHAM, George Owen

November 28, 1926 - November 18, 2014 - After a long battle with Parkinson's George passed away in Red Deer Regional Hospital just shy of his 88th birthday. George was born in Huxley, AB, to Olive and Arthur who had emigrated from England in 1921. He...

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