NELSON, Glen Roscoe
1931 – 2016
Glen was born in Bentley, Alberta on April 20th 1931, the son of Frank and Doris Nelson. He died on February 26, 2016 in Red Deer Regional Hospital. He grew up on his parents’ farm in the Rainy Creek district, enjoying a happy childhood surrounded by his parents, four sisters, one brother, and a large extended family. He attended school at Rainy Creek and Red Deer. He played hockey all his young life and was chosen to play Junior A for the Bellevue Lions for two seasons. Glen was the first player from Bentley to play major junior hockey. He then played with the Red Deer Monarchs and Bentley Senior team for a number of years and ended up playing Old Timer hockey on a team from Bentley and Rimbey appropriately named the “Bent Rims”. He married his high school sweetheart, Pearl Swainson in 1954. Glen, his dad, his brother Jim and later his son Brad operated a mixed farm in the Rainy Creek District. He and Pearl enjoyed raising their four children on their farm. The Bentley United Church and the community of Bentley were an integral part of Glen’s life. He was instrumental in the formation of the Gull Lake Gas Co-op and the building of the Bentley Arena. He was a delegate to the Alberta Wheat Pool for many years, served on the Lacombe Hospital Board and was a Lacombe County Councillor for nine years. Glen was honoured to accept the Golden Furrow Award on behalf of the Nelson Family in 2012. Glen was keenly interested in world affairs and Canadian politics. Fishing, hunting, enjoying nature, welding and building were some of his favourite pastimes. He was still building hopper bottom bins and delivering them using his homemade crane at the age of 75. Glen is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Pearl, his son Brad and his daughters Jane Moore, Holly (Lorne) Kostiuk and Beverley (Rod) Martin. Also treasuring his memory are seven grandchildren: Ross (Maureen) Moore, Jill Steenbergen (Ken Dennis), Stephanie Kostiuk, Ryan Kostiuk, Rebecca Kostiuk, Blair (Emily) Martin and Dane Martin. He enjoyed his eight great-grandchildren. Glen will be fondly remembered by his siblings, Lois Eaton, Beryl Abbott, Marina (Gordon) Becker, Donna (Bill) Richards and Jim (Pat) Nelson. He was a great uncle to his many nieces and nephews. Glen enjoyed his relationships with his many Swainson relatives and numerous friends. The family would like to thank all the staff at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, as well as the Heart and Renal Function Clinics for their kind and compassionate care. A Celebration of Glen’s Life will be held from Gaetz Memorial United Church, 4758 Ross St., Red Deer, AB. on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, Box 767, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2L4, or online at foodgrainsbank.ca. Expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting
WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM
of Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of the arrangements.
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