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.