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Gordon Robert Oelsen

October 29, 1948 March 21, 2013
Gordon Robert Oelsen
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Obituary for Gordon Robert Oelsen

Gordon Robert Olesen Oct. 29, 1948 ~ March 21, 2013 Gordon was born October 29th, 1948 to Peter and Marjorie Olesen in Wainwright, Alberta. He was the third child in his family with his older siblings, Jean and Alvin and younger sister, Karen. Gordon attended school in Chauvin until he started his career in the oil field. Gordon and Sanna were married and began their life together in Coronation. They had two children, Leanne and Kevin. Gordon worked in the oil field for most of his working life but was quick to help run a combine or drive truck for a friend when it was harvest time. Gordon enjoyed small town life, whether it be helping out a neighbour or having a long visit with a good friend. Gordon had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed flying his airplane whenever possible and, more recently, loved riding his Harley. One of his favourite trips was a cross-country trek to visit Kevin and Ana in Ottawa. He also loved to just ride around Alberta, with no set destination in place, with his good friend, Glen Schopfer. He often ended up in Stavely to see his grandkids and play with the dogs. Gordon loved the open road and the beautiful scenery that his bike rides brought him. Gordon was happiest when he was surrounded by his family and friends. He loved it when all of us were out ice-fishing and all of the escapades and fish-stories that occurred out at the pond. Gordon was so proud of his grandchildren, Ella and Hannah. He loved watching them grow up, hearing their stories and especially their hugs and kisses. He was a loving husband and father and we will forever miss him. Gordon is survived by his wife, Sanna; his daughter, Leanne (James) grandchildren Ella and Hannah; son, Kevin (Ana). Siblings: Alvin (Maureen) Olesen and Karen (Don) Pegg. In Laws: Brian (Jean) Merchant; Arnold Merchant; Ken (Linda) Merchant; Archie (Wanda) Merchant; Wanda (Tim) Bullick. Gordon is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews as well as many dear friends. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, sister Jean, brother-in-law, Marshall, nephews Terrence, Bill and Leonard and Sanna’s parents, Eileen and Les Merchant. A memorial luncheon was held at the Lions Rec Centre on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Coronation Hospital Foundation, Mail Bag 500, Coronation, AB, T0C 1C0 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to Heather Caseley of Coronation Funeral Home was entrusted with funeral arrangements. Ph. 403-578-2928 “Knowledge, Experience And Professionalism With A Personal Touch” CARD OF THANKS Thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit Gordon while he was ill. It meant so much to him (and us) to have you to visit with. Thank you also to our family, friends and neighbours who have stopped by to visit, bring us food and share your memories of Gordon. We can’t thank you enough for everything that you have done. And to the doctors and staff at the hospital, thank you for all that you did for Gordon. He always spoke so highly of his doctors and all of the nurses that treated him. The Olesen Family


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