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November 1, 2018

Russell Wilson
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Obituary for Russell Wilson

April 20, 1922 – November 1, 2018
Our dear dad died peacefully in Rocky Mountain House Clearwater Centre, on November 1, 2018, with our sister Sharyn by his side. In October 2017, Russell was predeceased by his loving wife Dorothy, just two months short of their 75th wedding anniversary. Of his siblings, only sister Maudie Anderson remains, having previously lost brothers Bud, Ed, Jake, and Max. Russell is survived and will be missed by his children, Laverne (Ben) Zuk, Sharyn Menon, Maureen (Dale) Pateman, Ken Wilson, Guy (Carolyn) Wilson, Larry (Shannon) Wilson, and Charlotte (Michael) Scott, his grandchildren: Collin Zuk, Kevin (Jody) Zuk, Alan Menon, Asha (Rob) Belisle, Holly (Brian Gottmers) Pateman, Mackenzie (Jeremy) Bell, Grayson and Gillian Scott and great grandchildren: Stephen, Olivia and Carter Zuk, Sean, Ella and Dane Menon, Calli Belisle, Liam and Anise Gottmers, Sophie, Harry and Bernadette Bell. As well, Russell will be missed by his many relatives and friends. Russ and Dorothy were both raised in Big River, Saskatchewan and were married on December 5, 1942. After joining the Navy Russ was posted to Prince Rupert, B.C. where, as a signalman, he was tasked with training Army personnel. He was later posted to Victoria where he and Dorothy started their family once the war was over. Laverne, Sharyn, Maureen, and Ken were born in Victoria. In 1953 the family moved to Innisfail, Alberta, where Russ built a trucking business and where Guy was born. In 1960 Russ had the opportunity to buy the UFA Co-op business and the family moved to Olds when Dorothy was 8 months pregnant with Larry. Charlotte arrived 3 years later, to the day. Russ worked incredibly hard and took the fuel delivery business to new heights with Dorothy at his side. They were both very involved in the community and donated their time and energy to the Elks and Royal Purple, the Legion, the Olds United Church, and the Olds Elks (Chinook Hockey League) where Russ served as manager and Dorothy did her utmost to be their most vocal fan. With semi-retirement they began spending 6 months of every year in Mesa, Az., where they met many old friends and gained many new ones. When they were in Olds, Russ drove the Sunshine Bus and Dorothy volunteered her time as the dispatcher. They were always avid campers and this continued until they were well into their 80s. Losing Dorothy was hard on Russ and although dementia was taking its toll, he always kept a picture of his “angel” and kissed her every single day. Sometimes several times a day. We will miss both of our parents dearly but take great comfort in knowing that they are now reunited for eternity. We are very grateful to the staff at Sunrise Village in Olds and the staff at the Cottage, Clearwater Centre in Rocky Mountain House for the incredible kindness shown to our parents. Memorial services were held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Olds United Church with Reverend Tammy Allan officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 105, Olds. Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Olds, entrusted with arrangements 403, 507-8610. The family would like to recognize the compassionate, supportive, and efficient services provided by Heartland Funeral Services following the passing of both our parents.

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Saturday, November 10th, 2018 2:00pm
Reverend Tammy Allan
Olds United Church
4810 50 St.
Olds, AB