It is with sadness, but no regret that we announce the passing of Rolly Stanley Kreil of Crestomere, Alberta who passed away peacefully at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre, Ponoka on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the age of 78 years, one day before his 79th birthday.
Rolly was born at Newhome, Alberta on June 23, 1934 to Fred and Tillie Kreil, the third of seven children. He married the love of his life, Esther Eberwein on November 6, 1954 in Orion, Alberta, and they became a family of six by 1962. Rolly worked for different farmers in the south country, saving money to buy his own farm. In 1959, he and his brother, Wallace bought a farm together in Rolling Hills, Alberta. Desiring non-irrigation farming, Rolly and Esther moved their family to Crestomere in 1964. Life was good and they, along with their children, worked hard to make ends meet. They also played hard and cherished every moment spent with friends and family, hosting many neighbourhood dances and parties. Rolly loved his grandchildren, playing his guitar, horseshoes, golfing, traveling, dancing, and playing cards. Above all, he cherished his family and recognized the need for a strong, gentle father figure in all families. To this end, he also became dad and mentor to several young people who had lost their fathers at an early age. Sharmayne, Charlie, Steve, Mark, and Todd shared in this family privilege. Rolly and Esther actively farmed until 2011, when a stroke forced him to retire. They moved into Ponoka where they resided until Rolly passed away from heart failure. He spent his birthday in Heaven.
Rolly will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife of 58 years, Esther; his two sons, Reg (Mabel) Kreil and Rick Kreil; and his two daughters, Melody (Scott) Campbell and Debbi (Wade) Raugust; as well as eleven grandchildren: Shane (Robyn), Travis (Cassie), Roger, Gary, Mathew, Shannon, Carleen (Glynn), Haley (Brendan), Amanda (Kyle), Jesse, and Paige; and eight great grandchildren. He will also be lovingly remembered by three brothers: Mel Kreil, Tony Kreil, and Ralph (Dorothy) Kreil; two sisters, Ethel Weiland and June (Leonard) Mitzel; and his sister-in-law, Carol Kreil; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Rolly was predeceased by his parents, Fred and Tillie Kreil; an infant son, Donald; his brother, Wally Kreil; and his sister-in-law, Cecelia.
A Public Memorial Service in Celebration of Rolly’s Life was held in the Gymnasium of the Crestomere School, Crestomere on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Gordon Rowland officiating. Cremation took place at the Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Rolly’s Memory may be made directly to Wolf Creek Youth Unlimited/YFC, 5025 – 50 Street, Lacombe, Alberta T4L 1X9. Condolences to the Family may also be expressed by email to:
Funeral and Cremation Arrangements for the Late Rolly Stanley Kreil
entrusted to the care of
OBERHAMMER FUNERAL CHAPELS LTD.
Rimbey, AB. 403-843-4445