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John Frank Dobovich

April 28, 1933 February 7, 2013
John Frank Dobovich
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John Frank Dobovich was born on April 28, 1933 in Spiritwood, SK to John and Anne (Wurst) Dobovich. He spent his early years attending school at Woodbury School and Tinson School near Spiritwood. John started work at an early age threshing and doing farm work for area farmers. John met Jeannette (Allard) and they were married on July 25, 1955 in Laventure, SK. The first two years of John and Jeannette’s married life were spent together working on a farm in the Laventure district. It was there that their first child, Charles John was born. In the fall of 1957 they moved to Coleville, Saskatchewan where John worked on the service rigs. Jannie Berthe was born in Kindersley, SK. In March 1959, John read a want ad for a married couple to work on a farm feedlot in Delia, AB. On March 22, 1959 they moved to Delia to work for John and Dot Beaton. John was working with cattle again and Jeannette enjoyed her large garden. Kenneth James and Betty Ann were both born in the Hanna Hospital. In June 1965 they moved to Drumheller, Alberta where John went back to work on the rigs. David Daniel was born at the Drumheller Hospital. The rigs moved to the Calgary area in the spring so once school ended in June 1966, they packed and moved to Calgary, AB. Jack Anthony was born at the Calgary General Hospital. In June of 1968 they bought their first house, 1717 – 10th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB. It was an old house but had lots of rooms. In November 1973 they sold their house and bought a house two blocks from the Calgary Brewery. In the spring, John worked away from home running heavy equipment for Don Beddoes Construction building leases in the oilfield and running tow cat for AGT. Nancy Lynne was born in Calgary, AB. In 1979, they moved again this time to the Barnwell plant north of Consort, AB to get out of the busy city and try something new. John started battery operating, but the wells started to go dry and work was slowing down so John went back to operating cat. John and Jeannette bought a new trailer and moved into Veteran, AB. John worked for Hughes Oilfield, Corvet Construction, Henry Dittmer and Special Areas over the years and in 1997 he retired. During retirement, John and Jeannette enjoyed their family as well as some travelling. John enjoyed drives in the country and had a lifelong love for horses and cattle and enjoyed a good chew of snuff. In 2007 John and Jeannette moved to Coronation, AB to be closer to family as his battle with Alzheimer’s continued and in August 2012 he moved into the Long Term Care facility in Coronation where he passed away peacefully with his loved ones by his side. John is survived by his wife Jeannette, 7 Children, Charlie (Mary) Dobovich, Jannie (Tim) Stoodley, Ken (Terry) Dobovich, Betty (Bryan) Tellier, David (DaraLee) Dobovich, Jack (Barb) Dobovich & Nancy (Cameron) Milne; 12 grandchildren; 4 Great Grandchildren; 1 sister, Anne (Bob) McDonald.


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