Ronald Amos ANDERSON

ANDERSON

Ronald Amos D.F.C.

July 5, 1921 – November 5, 2009

Mr. Ronald Anderson of Rimbey passed away at the Rimbey Health Care Center surrounded by his family on November 5, 2009 at the age of 88 years. Ron was born in Port Elgin, New Brunswick on July 5, 1921, the only son of Harry and Marion Anderson. After completing High School in Port Elgin, Ron attended teacher’s college in Moncton from 1939 to 1940. By the time he finished college, W.W.II had begun. Ron enlisted in the Air Force in 1940 and received his flight training and pilot’s wings in southern Alberta in 1941 after which he was sent overseas. He became a pilot flying Lancaster bombers and in 3 years completed 40 bombing operations. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant and was honored with the receipt of the Distinguished Flying Cross for courage and valor. In November of 1944, Ron married Mary Eagles of Moncton and after he was discharged from the Air Force at the end of the war they came west to begin farming. They purchased a farm south of Rimbey in 1946 and dedicated the next fifty years of their lives to establishing a successful and productive farm and raising a family. Ron and Mary were prominent and respected members of the Rimbey community. During his life, Dad was very active with many comunity organizations including the Ag Society and 4-H and has been a dedicated lifetime member of the Rimbey Legion. In his spare time, Ron enjoyed woodworking and playing cards with his friends. He never lost his passion for flying and in the late 1970’s finally achieved the dream of owning his own plane. Flying provided Ron with many happy times, but tragically he suffered a major heart attack in 1989 and lost his pilot’s license. Ron retired from farming in the mid 1990’s and eventually moved from the farm into the town of Rimbey in 2002 where he has resided ever since. Ron was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and will be sincerely missed. He will be lovingly remembered by his sister Elaine Eagles of Moncton, N.B.; his special friend and companion of 10 years, Yvonne Burnett; his sons Bob with his wife Gloria of Calgary and Jim with his wife Jackie of Rimbey; and his daughter Marion of Innisfail as well as his three grandsons Jeff Anderson of Airdrie, Brendon Anderson with his wife Melanie of Haynes and Stephen Ejack of Edmonton and his only granddaughter Leanne Ejack of Innisfail. Ron was predeceased by his parents and by his wife Mary in 1998. A funeral service was held for the late Ron Anderson on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the Rimbey United Church followed by internment in the West Haven Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations in Ron’s name may be made to the Rimbey Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion, or to the Rimbey Health Care Center. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at wfch@telusplanet.net with the subject heading (ANDERSON).


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