DERKACH Mr. Richard “Dick” Derkach of Red Deer passed away suddenly on, May 7, 2005 at the age of 82 years. Dick was born in Kelliher, Saskatchewan on September 23, 1922. He was raised on the family farm along with four brothers and four sisters. In 1942, he joined the Army and served in World War II. Starting in 1951, Dick worked for 35 years in the oil patch for Lane Wells, which later became known as Dresser Atlas. After retirement, Dick and Ethel escaped the Alberta winters by vacationing in Las Vegas and California. Due to declining health, he spent the last 18 months in the Apollo ward of the Alberta Hospital Ponoka. Dick will be forever missed by his loving wife of 47 years, Ethel; son Scott; daughter Debbie Appleby and the light of his life, his only granddaughter Stacey Appleby. He is also survived by one brother Peter, two sisters Anne and Tillie, numerous nieces and nephews as well as many extended family members and friends. Richards family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the staff of the Apollo Ward for the wonderful care he received while residing there. Funeral services for the late Richard “Dick” Derkach will be held in the Chapel of the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67A Street (on Taylor Drive, one block north of 67th Street), Red Deer on Thursday, May 12th, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. with the Venerable Archdeacon Derek Hoskin officiating. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects from 1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Apollo Ward, (APH) Box 1000, Alberta Hospital Ponoka, Ponoka, Alberta T4J 1R8. Sympathies can be forwarded to the family at In living memory of Richard “Dick” Derkach a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park.

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