TRAPTOW Mr. Rodney Herbert Traptow, beloved husband, best friend and eternal partner of June Traptow, passed away suddenly at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Saturday, May 14, 2005 at the age of 58 years. Rod will be forever treasured by his loving wife June and their four children: Danielle, Shawna, Kevin and Becky as well as by his seven grandchildren: Nisha, Josh, Xander, Jesse, Ben, Chewy and Abby. His memory will be further cherished by his sisters Sharon (Bob) Hainsworth and Myrna (Hank) Edmunds as well as a large extended family and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Herbert and Freda Traptow. Rod was born and raised in Bashaw, and after many years pursuing his career, resettled in Red Deer in 1991. He loved his family foremost and was happiest when sharing with them. He was the cornerstone of a loving, close-knit family. Words seem inadequate to describe the impact he had on the many lives he touched. His gentle nature and his great sense of humour made him well-loved by all. He was actively involved in many areas of our community and was respected for his integrity and admired for his creative talent. Through his 14 years photographing families in Central Alberta, Rod impacted many lives and his absence will be greatly felt. Rodney, Dad, Grandpa: we miss you already, but know that you are in a better place. Funeral Services for Rod Traptow will be held at the CrossRoads Church, 38105 Range Road 275, Red Deer County (on 32nd Street, west of Hwy. #2) on Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Dan Cochrane officiating. Following the funeral and reception a private family interment will take place. If friends so desire, memorial donations in Rod's name may be directed to the David Thompson Health Region Foundation, P.O. Bag 5030, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6R2. Sympathies can be forwarded to the family at: In living memory of Rodney Traptow, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park.

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