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HENKEL, Ed

HENKEL, Ed

Ed Henkel was born in Poland to Lydia and Ludwig Henkel on July 26th, 1920. The family immigrated to Canada on September 26, 1926 when he was just 6 years old. They landed in Halifax and then made their way to Alberta. Ed attended Arthurville School until grade 8, at which time he went to work on a thrashing crew to help with the family finances. In ’42 he purchased his first piece of land and was then conscripted into the army.  On account of “flat feet” he was sent back home to farm. In his mid-twenties he went to Kelowna to visit relatives, but met the love of his life, Phyl, at a church youth group. They pursued a “letter” love life, eventually being married May 24th, 1947. The B.C. girl moved to Trochu where they would start their journey together. Leatta was born in March of ’49, and merely 6 weeks after her birth, Ed had a tractor accident that prevented him from farming any longer. The young family moved to Kelowna where they bought a grocery store along Pondosey Ave. Living in B.C. didn’t agree with Ed, and so they moved back to Trochu, and from there to Youngstown AB where he operated a Pioneer grain elevator. In the early summer of ’52, Phyl came back to Trochu, welcoming the arrival of Geri. Soon the family settled back in Trochu to resume the farming life. Dad took up painting to supplement the farming income, and in March of ’57 Dale was born. Although farming was his career, dad had many passions, hobbies and talents. He loved to hunt and at one point he built a Henkel hunting bunk house, affectionately known as the “hunk” house. Dad was a skilled hunter with a deadly aim, attributable to a pair of “eagle eyes”. Once he stopped on the side of the road to pick up a nickel that he had spotted while driving. Dad collected diverse antiques, from clocks to lamps to record players. With an inherent mechanical dexterity, it was a natural interest for him to restore antique cars. A self-taught jeweler, Dad would be known for the repair and restoration of many watches and clocks. Dad was very musical, and despite having never taken lessons, he taught himself to play the violin and the harmonica later in life. Dad was very active in the Trochu Baptist Church, the Red Deer Antique Car Club, the Trochu Legion, and the Trochu Drop Inn Center. He also became a chaplain volunteer at the St. Mary’s Lodge in Trochu. His heart always tender to his family, Dad loved his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids.  Many afternoons were spent fishing, or making both grass and willow whistles with his little ones. Dad’s greatest love was for his sweetheart Phyl, becoming mom’s caregiver in old age until no longer physically capable.  In the last few of their 67 years married together, his greatest concern was for mom: faithfully visiting, feeding and tending to her day after day. While living on his own, dad made the best of life in learning how to cook, make jam, can fruit, and replicating mom’s famous rice pudding. A few months ago he moved from his home on the farm into St Mary’s Lodge. Yet after only a week there, failing health forced him into hospital life until being called home by his Creator. He will be deeply missed by both family and friends. Memorial Services were held on Thurs., Dec. 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Trochu Baptist Church, Trochu, AB. Memorial donations in Ed’s honour may be made to St. Mary’s Health Care Centre. Kneehill Funeral Services entrusted with arrangements 442-2123, 443-5111.

 

EMPEY, Alice Simpson

EMPEY, Alice Simpson

Alice Simpson Empey was born to Eliza and John Simpson in Vancouver. She moved to Alberta with her family when she was seven. Alice went to school in Sedgewick and after she finished grade 12 she went to Normal School in Camrose for her teaching cert...

NELSON, Lizzie Amelia

NELSON, Lizzie Amelia

Lizzie Amelia (Swallow) Nelson was born on April 12, 1917.  She grew up in Rowley, Alberta, second child to Henry and Gretchen Swallow. In 1936 she married Lowell Nelson. From this union, six children were born: Bob (Audrey), Lorna (Neil Sandber...

SHERRING, Hilda Phyllis

SHERRING, Hilda Phyllis

SHERRING, HILDA PHYLLIS - MARCH 21, 1926 - DECEMBER 18, 2014 - Hilda Sherring (nee Silvester) of Carbon, AB; beloved wife of the late Frank Sherring, passed away at Drumheller Continuing Care, at 88 years of age. Hilda was born in her parents home in...

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 h...

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