Obituaries

November, 2017

Ron Amundrud

Feldspar Excavating & Redi-mix has recently lost one of our own when Ron Amundrud passed away on October 15, 2017.
Ron joined Feldspar in 1984. He helped to play a large role in the infrastructure development of our Concrete Division.
Ron’s dedication & loyalty to the company & to his position of Concrete Plant Manager was unmatched, having only recently starting to incorporate shorter hours which enabled him to enjoy travelling and more time spent with his beloved wife Karen.
During his 33 years at Feldspar he played a major role in helping to shape the company, and was a mentor to many who had the honour and privilege of working with him. Ron was a friend & a leader & an intricate part of our day to day operations. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.
On behalf of The Kohlruss Family, and the Management & Staff of Feldspar Excavating & Redi-mix, we offer our sincere condolences to the Amundrud Family.

J. William Gow

GOW: J. William Gow, age 57, from Lloydminster, Alberta, passed away suddenly and tragically in a car accident near Paradise Hill on October 21st, 2017.  William is survived by: his wife, Diane and children, Soleil, Sonnet, and Shepherd; his parents, Mee Kim and Young Fay Gow; his sisters, Susan Young and Connie Hwang; and his brother, Danny Gow.
William was predeceased by: his older brother, Jerry Gow.  He also leaves behind many family members.
William graduated in 1978 from W R Myers High School in Taber, AB.  He received his Bachelor of Commerce from U of C.  William and Diane married in 1994 and began their business ventures together by opening up 6 Pack Liquor Store in Lloydminster.  After selling the liquor store, the pair moved up to Cold Lake to purchase the McDonald’s restaurants.  In 2002, they sold that market and moved back to Lloydminster to purchase the McDonald’s market.  In March of 2017, they repurchased the Cold Lake market once again.
An open letter to my husband, best friend, business partner and head coach:
Dear William:
First of all, I miss you.  I’m writing this letter through my tears.  Soleil is napping, Sonnet is at a tournament in Ardrossen and Shep is at Districts in Onion Lake.  I broke down saying goodbye to Shep this morning as that would have been the trip we would have taken together.  I couldn’t bear to go without you.  I couldn’t stand the fact that you wouldn’t be there coaching.  They are placing your clipboard on the chair that you would have been sitting in for head coach.  The teams and players that you have coached in the past are wearing ribbons that say “Will Power” this weekend.
I have had the opportunity to observe many things these past few days.  It’s funny you don’t know the lives that you have touched until something tragic like this happens.  I’ve seen our McDonald’s community come forward with love.  I’ve seen our Lloydminster community fill the church with standing room only to hear of 9 wonderful people talk about their experiences with you through business, friendship and coaching.  I have felt our families rally around us to protect us and honor your wishes.  I have seen our children be brave and strong and have helped me make the tough decisions.
These are the things I will miss most:  having our long talks with Jordy about business and life and laughing.  We were the trifecta team, me, you and Jordy.  I will miss your coaching as I was your best student.  Coming home after tournaments and trying to figure out how we can bring out the best in our players, teams and coaches.  I will miss you at the family dinners we had in Calgary and gathering up the family for eats and laughter.  And lastly, our children: they won’t forget you, I’ll make sure of it.  You left a legacy in our children and I will do my best to teach them to Love God as you did.  Someday we will be in heaven together, that is my goal.  I lost you, my best friend, business partner and head coach.  Rest in peace, my love.  I love you.  I miss you.
Thoughts from Soleil, the oldest daughter: 
On October 14, Shepherd and Dad were playing in a tournament in North Battleford. Since it was only an hour drive from Saskatoon, I decided to watch and support them. I arrived at the school and when he saw me, he hugged me for five minutes and said, “I missed you so much, Soleil”. I hung out with him all day and supported him and my brother. I was so happy when they won gold that weekend! He started tearing up when I left and said to me, “Soleil, I love you so much. If you ever want to come back, we will greet you with open arms. Don’t think twice about coming home”. He stood on the road crying and watching as I drove away. That was the last time I saw him.
This weekend, I was not going to come home as I had a lot of assignments and homework to finish. Something in my gut told me I had to come home, so I left for Lloydminster Saturday afternoon. I was so excited driving home because I had just gone on my first date with an Asian guy and wanted to tell Dad all about it. He never got to hear about it. Everyday I told my Dad I loved him and that I missed him.
Thoughts from Sonnet, the inspiration:
Dad, you taught me so many things in life and made me the person I am today. You gave me unconditional love even though I was so undeserving. You were the most accomplished and kind person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and I miss you. I’ve been thinking: how did you manage to do everything right in this world but then that night went so wrong? Maybe God wanted you by his side or maybe it will lead to something else. All I know is that fate cruelly blows out life so easily and that I miss you so much. You won’t ever be forgotten by anyone who ever knew you and I know that I will always think of you everyday.
Thoughts from Shepherd, the favorite son:
I just want to let you know dad that you should have absolutely no worries about the family. It is very rough right now but over time hopefully it’ll be better. We will always remember you as the best father ever and we will never forget about you and who you were. As well as how great of a man you were.  You raised my sisters and I very well and you should not regret one thing. Hopefully one day we will all grow up to be amazing people. So hopefully you can leave peacefully with no worries whatsoever. We will always know that you are here and looking down on all of us.
A very special thanks to our families, Lloydminster and surrounding community, and our McDonald’s community.  I know William would have been deeply honored that First Baptist Church was packed with standing room only with our teams wearing their colors.  Thank you so much for all the food, cards, well wishes and donations that will go directly to Lakeland College, LCHS and Holy Rosary in William’s honor.

Mildred Viola Carruthers

CARRUTHERS: Mildred Viola Carruthers passed away at the Maidstone Health Complex, Maidstone, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at the age of 93 years.
Mildred is survived by: her daughter, Beverley (Garry) Hall and their children, Brian (Helen) Hall and family, Cathy (Darren) Sakowsky and family; Barbara (Chad) Geran and family; her daughter, Rheanne (John) Rowson and  their children, Bill (Yvanna) Rowson and family, Jean (Ernesto) Ruiz and family;  Lloyd (Heather) Rowson and family; her daughter, Bobi (Bob) James and their children, Erin (Lane) Simpson and family, Kendra (Jordan) Rowswell and family, Jackie (Tanner) Graff and Carrie (Clayton) Jansen.
Mildred was predeceased by: her loving husband, James Carruthers; and great grandson, Wesley James Rowson.
The funeral service for Mildred was conducted from the Lashburn United Church, Lashburn, Saskatchewan on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 2:00 pm with Reverend Lorna Brick officiating.
The eulogy was given by Jean Ruiz.
The hymns sung were “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace” accompanied by Irene Knowlson, Bill Rowson and Lloyd Rowson and special music was presented by John and Lloyd Rowson.
The honorary pallbearers were Mildred’s Granddaughters.
The active pallbearers were Mildred’s Grandsons.
Interment was held at the Lashburn Cemetery, Lashburn, Saskatchewan.
Donations in memory of Mildred may be made to the Pine Island Lodge, Lashburn Museum and Lashburn United Church.

EULOGY
My grandmother Mildred Viola Carruthers passed away at the Maidstone Health Complex on Wednesday, October 18 at the age of 93 years. She was a great­-grandmother, grandmother, a mother, an aunt, cousin and friend to all of us here.
Grandma was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and in her own words “was supposed to be a Boy!” She was the second daughter of Charles Wesley and Florence Catherine McLaren. When she was four she moved to Golden Prairie, Saskatchewan, where she attended school, tended to a farm, and survived the dirty thirties. In 1942, grandma ventured off to Regina to complete grade 12 and teachers’ college. For a woman of this time, to go away for school was a privilege and she understood this. She also understood how important it was for a woman to have her own career and aspirations. She told all of us granddaughters to make sure we got an education and could make our own way in life, “because you wouldn’t want to rely on a man!!” Grandma started teaching in 1943 and continued to go to teacher college in the summers.
As well a career woman, grandma was a wife and a mother.
In December of 1948, Grandma married James Stuart Carruthers. They had three beautiful girls and all apparently quite unexpectedly. She would introduce them saying… Beverly was a surprise, Rheanne was an accident, and Bobbie was mistake… but the best one she ever made.
Grandma worked at the local school where she pulled double duty as a mother and a teacher by teaching her daughters. The other kids bagged favours - “tell your mom we want to go out and play ball.” However, that never worked. All of her daughters had to call her Mrs. Carruthers. She was an excellent teacher who commanded respect at all times, earning her the nickname, “miserable MILLIE.”
Although grandma retired from teaching in 1981, she never stopped being a teacher. She volunteered in the school teaching drama and square dancing among other things. Her square dancing dresses were an indispensable part of my childhood and I spent hours dressing up with my cousins as princesses and pioneers. The shorter just past the knee square dancing dress in an adult made for a perfect long prairie, pioneer dress in a little girl.
Grandma was an essential part of the Lashburn community. She was “everyone’s grandma”. My cousins (the James’ and the Halls’) would take their friends to her house for lunch and everyone called her grandma. However, I should say this didn’t go over too well with everyone and Kendra was not particularly fond of sharing. Having grandma’s house close to the Lashburn school was quite convenient for “sick” grandchildren, who frequented her house, especially during school hours, to be nursed back to health whether they were really actually sick or not.
Grandma was a volunteer. She used her drama skills to plan skits for community showers. She led CGIT. She was a member of United Church Women and taught Sunday school. She was a member of Eastern Star and volunteered on the catering committee to raise money for the Lashburn Golf course. She was a “not­-for-profit” seamstress, sewing skating costumes (sewing sequins on one at a time), Halloween costumes and really anything that else that required making.
Grandma was a historian. She believed that knowing where you came from informed how you lived. Her work with the Lashburn museum, the Lashburn history book, and saving the old Lashburn high school shows this, as well as her passion for recording her own family history. She was a recipient of Queen’s Jubilee medal to recognize her significant contribution to a Canadian community.
Grandma was feisty. She had a drive for life. She was the kind of person who had no problem jumping on her nephew’s mini motor bike and ripping it around the yard, only to discover she wasn’t sure how to put on the brakes and the only escape was to jump! She was always busy with contagious energy. She baked, she hosted, she helped farm… and she drank Baby Duck… BUT only a little, only with her sister, and only on special occasions.
Grandma was generous. There was always room for an extra person at her dinner table should someone drop by. She supported 3 children and 10 grandchildren through higher education. This wasn’t just writing a check but emotional support as well. From the time we were young, she taught us all the value of education and made us all believe that we could follow our dreams. I know that in university, grandma used to send money occasionally, and it always seemed to arrive right when I needed it. She wasn’t only generous to family but also to the church and others in need. As a child, I remember a visit from a young friend of grandma’s who she met on a trip to Jamaica. Her name was Cynthia. Cynthia was a girl when they met, maybe in grade three or four. Grandma had her picture taken with her and Grandma sent her a copy. From there, they started to correspond and eventually Grandma went on to help Cynthia get a University degree and they continued to correspond throughout grandma’s life.
Grandma had integrity. She lived her life as a role model to all of us. She lived her aspirational values of honesty, hard work, and generosity. This to me is her greatest characteristics. One that is so hard to achieve, especially as gracefully as she did.
In trying to think about my favourite memory of grandma, I couldn’t find one. Instead, my mind filled with who she was, her sense of humour and the home she created.
• I remember the familiar smell of Noxema cream.
• The mirrors in her bedroom, the carpet running up the stairs, how the bridge of her nose always seemed sore from her glasses.
• I can smell her Butterhorns and really her baking in general. Bill, my brother, remembers being the most popular kid in grade three at Lawson Heights school for a day when grandma showed up without notice with a large Tupperware container of butterhorns.
• She always found coins behind our ears or hide money in our pockets.
• I hear her reading The Cremation of Sam McGee…  There are strange things done in the midnight sun by men who moil for gold…
• French braids.
• Her voice readingDr. Seuss
• Billy hug-which involves a tickle right on the ribs at squeaky spot (giggle).
Grandma, we love you. We will miss you. You will be forever in our memories.

The family of Mildred Carruthers would like to thank the staff at Pine Island Lodge for their love and care of Mom during her 7 years at the Lodge. We would like to thank Reverend Lorna Brick for officiating the funeral service, Irene Knowlson for her music, the Lashburn United Church ladies for the lunch, and McCaws for the funeral arrangements.
Thank you family and friends for the kind words, cards, flowers and donations made in memory of Mom.
Bev, Rheanne and Bobi and families
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.

Victoria Young

YOUNG: Victoria Young passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at the age of 93 years.
Victoria leaves to mourn her passing: her daughters, Julie (Ray) Prebushewski and Linda Larsen; her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 
The funeral service for Victoria was conducted from the Church of Christ, Lloydminster, Alberta on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10:30 am with Lee Patmore officiating.
The eulogy was given by Jo-Anna Wohlgemuth.
The soloist was Jo-Anna Wohlegmuth, singing “My God and I”.
The hymns sung were “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” “Nearer My God to Thee,” “The Lilly of the Valley,” “I Come to the Garden Alone” and “God be with You”.
The active pallbearers were: Steven Prebushewski, Baron Larsen, Matthew Moses, Michael Herman, Martin Larsen and Philip Herman.
Interment was held in the Lloydminster City Cemetery.

EULOGY WRITTEN
BY LINDA AND JULIE
Victoria Young was born May 9, 1923 at home on the farm in Mikado, SK.  Victoria was the 3rd youngest child of the 12 children of Studoch and Stephanka Puteria. Vicky was predeceased by husband Jim, her 3 sons Alan, Bob and Ed, and 9 of her siblings.  She still has 2 sisters living, Pauline Ostafie, 98 years old and Janet Gulak, 87 years old.
At 15 years old Vicky left home to go with her 2 sisters to work at the Bishops Palace in Prince Albert. Because of the poverty that she saw her mother enduring, she wanted to be one less mouth to feed, and remove some burden from her mother.  She so often talked about her mother, and the things she saw her mother do as a single parent.  Feeding a family of 12, harvesting grain, tending cattle, milking cows she saw her Mother’s perseverance and strength.  Vicky took these attributes with her.  At the palace she cleaned and served meals to the Bishops.  She always remembered and laughed about the one Bishop’s petit chien hiding under his master’s robes.
And then the war effort began and she enlisted in the air force.  Vicky went by train to basic training in Ottawa.  She served her country as a foreign pilot liaison in St. Hubert Quebec. This gave her the opportunity to meet pilots coming in from all over the world, including the French Foreign Legion.  As well this gave her a broader view of the world.  One thing that stuck out in her mind was seeing the high ranking German prisoners of war who were brought to the Canadian POW camps.  These men she remembered and commented on as big, tall, and blonde men.  Another memory of hers was how lonely her time was out east for a young farm girl.
Vicky returned to Edmonton after the war and lived with her sisters.  It was at this time when she attended a dance for ex-service men and women, she met Jim Young.  From 1945 until fall of 1948, they corresponded and visited when able.  During this time, as she had no formal training for any type of work, and as the air force provided training opportunities to its veterans, she decided to become a hairdresser.  She attended Marvel Hairdressing School.  This career path took her to a hairdressing shop in Edmonton and as well in Rocky Mountain House. She then went to Calgary as a housekeeper for a Doctor and his wheelchair bound wife.  Baba then returned to her sisters in Edmonton.  After a visit to Jim’s parents, Alan and Libby Young in Lloydminster, they were married Sept 4, 1948 in the Golden Valley district.
Vicky and Jim farmed south of Lloydminster in Golden Valley.  They had 5 children, Linda, Alan, Bob, Ed and Julie.  She was a true pioneer farm wife that moved into a small unfinished 2 room house.  In those days, no running water and no electricity made a wife and mother of 3 small children an onerous task.  From a hand powered laundry tub, to heating water or melting snow on the wood stove for the dishes and baths in the galvanized bath tub, to filling the kerosene lamps, and cleaning wild game for food as well as butchering of domestic animals and maintaining a full vegetable garden for her family.  Her strength and prayers sustained her.
In August of 1956 both Vicky and Jim were baptized.  This faith in God enabled them to withstand many adversities in the coming years.  Their faith was tested in various ways throughout their lives together.  They succeeded in being strong Christians and instilling this faith in their children.  We have been blessed and the ripple effect of their faith and strength is now evident in Vicky’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
In 1987 Baba (Vicky) lost her husband of 38 years.  She remained on the farm for a couple years before moving to town where she lived for 26 years.  She was very fortunate to be able to live in her own home until now.  Her travels to her daughters’ and grandkids for visits, (cinnamon bun and chocolate chip cookie baking with them), kept her busy as long as she was able to drive.  She drove until she was 80.  Mom did maintain a small garden in her yard and loved to plant flowers to brighten her life.
We have so many things to be thankful for in having Victoria Young as our mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend.  We thank God for her and know she has her peace and rest she so longed for.  God bless you all.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.

Ronald "Ron" Ole Amundrud

Amundrud: Ronald “Ron” Ole Amundrud suddenly passed away at the Lloydminster Hospital, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at the age of 63 years.
Ron is lovingly remembered by: his wife, Karen; daughter, Rhonda (Ron) Webber and their daughters, Nicole and Ashley; his son, Paul (Jennifer) Amundrud and their children, Levi Willcox, Micaela Willcox, Ashleigh Willcox, Anton Amundrud and Kadence Amundrud; his sisters, Noreen (Darryl) Carter, and Arlene (Patrick) Germsheid; his brother, Arnold (Karen) Amundrud and families; his aunt, Agnes Amundrud; as well as, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was predeceased by: his parents, Ole and Patricia Amundrud; his mother-in-law, Gladys Christie, his sister-in-law, Sylvia Babey and brother-in-law, Lorne Lillemoen; his great niece and nephew, Karys and Kalyb Carter-Bidewell.
The Funeral Service for Ron was conducted from the First Lutheran Church, Lloydminster, Alberta on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:00 am with Pastor John Haycock officiating.  The reception followed at the First Lutheran Church following the service.
The eulogy was presented by Donald Amundrud.
The soloist was Daryl Amundrud.
The honorary pallbearers were: Mark and Linda Kohlruss, Larry and Susan Masterman, Michael and Glenice Gammond and Charles and Donna Simpson.
The active pallbearers were his grandchildren, Levi Willcox, Nicole Webber, Micaela Willcox, Ashley Webber, Ashleigh Willcox, Anton Amundrud and Kadence Amundrud.
Interment will be held at a later date.
Donations in memory of Ron may be made to the Lloydminster SPCA or Charity of the Donor’s Choice.
McCaw Funeral Service Ltd., of Lloydminster, Alberta administered the funeral arrangements.
Card of Thanks
Words are not adequate enough to express our gratitude for the overwhelming support from our family, friends and neighbors during this difficult time.  We want to thank Dr. M. Ali and the staff at the Lloydminster Hospital emergency ward, the Ambulance attendants and Constable Campbell for their assistance and care of Ron.
We want to thank Rev. John Haycock for the service and the ladies at the First Lutheran Church for the lunch. We want to thank Daryl Amundrud for his beautiful gift of music and Don Amundrud for the eulogy and sharing heartwarming stories of Ron.  A special thanks to the family members who lovingly put the slideshow together. We want to thank Feldspar Inc., Ron’s other family, for all their help and support given to our family during this difficult time. A huge thank you to everyone who visited, called with their kind words, sent beautiful flower arrangements, made meals, said prayers and the many needed hugs. Thanks to everyone who donated to the SPCA in memory of Ron. We want to thank our Honorary Pallbearers and Pallbearers for all their love and support. Our family wants to thank Joel McCaw and the staff at McCaw Funeral Service for all their care and attention to our family and Ron.
Karen Amundrud
Rhonda & RonWebber and family
Paul & Jennifer Amundrud and family

William "Bill" Cobourne

On October 28, 2017 Mr. William “Bill” Cobourne of Chauvin, Alberta passed away at the Provost Health Centre at the age of 65 years.
A memorial service for Bill will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Ribstone Community of Christ in Ribstone, Alberta with Pastors Wayne and Darleene Skinner officiating.
Gregory’s Funeral Home Inc. entrusted with arrangements.
For more information, please visit; www.gregorysfuneralhomes.com