Garry KLEPPER

KLEPPER Garry Arthur William Klepper passed away peacefully at home Friday, April 14, 2006 in his wife's arms and surrounded by his family, after a long battle with brain cancer. Garry was born in Calgary in 1936. He lived with his family in Kensington, which at the time, was the outskirts of Calgary. His adventures included riding ice flows down the Bow River. In 1948, he moved with his parents to the farm at Pine Lake where he enjoyed being a real life cowboy; riding horses and hunting with neighbours. In 1954, he met Jean, his life long companion, soul mate and wife of 49 years. His work in construction led his family to various locations in Alberta. He helped build the first roads into Yellowknife. In 1963 he planted roots by moving his family back to the original farm. Garry was very generous and dedicated in his commitment to the community. He was an excelled role model as a Cub Scout leader, became President of the Innisfail P.C. Constituency and was Pastmaster of the Beacon Lodge. He served on the Board of Directors for the Edwell Community Centre and volunteered at the Pine Lake Hub. In 1974, he travelled to Billings, Montana to complete Auctioneering School and later became involved with Ducks Unlimited, conducting many benefit auctions. Garry sat on the Board of Directors for the Westerner Exposition for many years during the exciting time constructing the new fair grounds and Centrium and became President in 1994 and 1995, a responsibility which provided him great pride and personal satisfaction. He also volunteered for the Pine Lake Restoration Society and served as a Director for Agri-Trade. Garry loved to travel and was fortunate to have done so abundantly, including many outings with their motorhome and travelling across Canada twice. Above all, genuine to his nature, Garry truly enjoyed the fun, laughs, and entertainment provided by his countless friends, neighbours, and family. On occasion there may have been the odd practical joke played with his group of close personal friends, but of course all in great fun. And there were grand stories of adventure, reliving the laughs from various golfing, fishing and hunting trips. Garry will be remembered by those close to him as a fun loving, kind, and understanding gentleman. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jean, one son, Carter (Clare) Klepper, six grandchildren; Angela (Kyle), Christopher (Christy), Paula, Kristin, Hayley and Aaron and one great granddaughter, Emily. He is also survived by three brothers; Dick Klepper, Danny (Linda) Klepper and Wayne (Bernice) Klepper, one sister, Donna Lea (Max) Ginther and numerous nieces and nephews. Garry was predeceased by his daughter, Teresa Warke, his parents, Merle and Catherine Klepper and one infant brother. A Memorial Service will be held at the Pine Lake Hub on Friday, April 21, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Richard Duffin officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (4730A Ross Street, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 9Z9) Condolences can be sent to the family by visiting www.reddeerfuneralhome.com


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