Herbert “Herb” Samuel Wilson of Rimbey, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the age of 85 years.
Herb was born on October 15, 1929 in Nakusp, B.C., the third youngest of ten children. When he was just a few months old, his family moved from Nakusp to the Homeglen area in Alberta. Herb was united in marriage to Joyce Krefting in 1949, and they settled in the Asker District east of Ponoka where they farmed until 1956. Herb supplemented his income by working on the oil rigs. Following a very serious accident on the rigs, they moved to the original home farm at Homeglen. In 1959, they moved to Ponoka where Herb worked at the Centennial Hospital. In 1970, they relocated to Grande Prairie where Herb owned a Texaco franchise, and in 1973, Herb accepted his dream job in Richmond, B.C. as a carpenter for the City of Richmond. Herb met Gladys in 1986, and they were married in 1988. They spent fourteen wonderful years traveling to Arizona. In 1995, they retired to Alberta, settling in Rimbey in August, 2005. Herb loved fishing at Queen Charlotte and Port Alberni, and he took pleasure in hunting, gardening, playing cards and pool. He also loved living at Parkland Beach for a time where he could keep track of all his purple martins and the wildlife. Herb found enjoyment in the many activities at the Drop-In Centre, was a member of the United Church, and also enjoyed living at Kansas Ridge Estates. Herb’s greatest passion in life was for his family, which he thoroughly enjoyed and loved deeply. He was very proud to be the father of his eight children and their families … and will be greatly missed by all.
Herb is survived by his loving wife, Gladys; and his eight cherished children: Linda Wilson, Joanne (Joe) St. Amant, Martin (Debbie) Wilson, Brenda (Len) Schultz, Martha (Tom) Ghostkeeper, Debbie (Doug) Side, Jamie (Neil) Foley, John (Joanne) Wilson; as well as one stepson, Randy Conti. He is also survived by his sister, Alice (Russ) Picketts; the mother of his children, Joyce Klaus; twenty-four grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, and one great, great granddaughter; in addition to many nieces and nephews and their families, other relatives, and a host of friends. Herb was predeceased by his mother and father, Sadie and Edwin Wilson, four brothers and four sisters, one stepdaughter and son-in-law.
A Public Memorial Service in Celebration of Herb’s Life was held at the Rimbey United Church, Rimbey on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with the Reverend Deborah Laing officiating. Cremation took place at the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer. Interment will be held at a later date in the Asker Cemetery, Ponoka. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Herb’s Memory may be made directly to the David Thompson Health Trust, c/o Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0; or to the Rimbey United Church, Box 7, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0. Condolences to the Family may also be expressed by e-mail to: email@example.com
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