Charlie was born in Cereal, Alberta on November 26, 1928. He was the third of seven children born to Ray and Ruth.
Charlie lived in the Coronation area until 1970 when he moved his wife Evelyn and three young girls to Wetaskiwin.
Dad did a little of everything, from hauling gravel and coal, to helping with harvest as far away as Kansas. He hauled hay and straw, we helped load and unload thousands of square bales. He did custom fencing, bought and sold horses, and drove school bus for many years. Even though he often looked grumpy, the kids on his bus route loved him.
He was known for his unique inventions, and his odd sense of humor. I think he lost sleep trying to make up jokes. His favorite remedy was coal oil, and turpentine which I’m sure he learnt from grandpa. He believed that it could heal anything.
Dad always had love for horses. We went trail riding into the mountains several times. He put his team in parades, and cutter rallies. He took grandson Tyson on a weeklong wagon trek. Though the weather was terrible, they hung in there, and made it to their destination, along with 26 other wagons and 35 outriders.
Here’s some memories from the grandkids,
Chad – I remember grandpa’s smile and his face lighting up when I arrived with my guitar or banjo and played an old trail rider tune. Also when grandpa told one of his jokes or riddles, and I laughed, he wore that same smile.
Jessica – he always had horses and dogs, and I remember checking sheep with him.
Kyle – grandpa told me many riddles, but I remember this one. If you have a mile square block of bush, how far could you walk in? Answer: Half way because then you’re walking out.
Robyn- he took me to A&W in the morning and let me get pop!
Jodie – I was shocked when I saw grandpa’s horses eating French fries, and that he liked to put salt on his watermelon.
Tyson- I did lots with him. I have so many memories that I can’t just pick.
You are forever in our hearts. We love you and we miss you.
Charlie passed peacefully in his sleep on February 7, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Evelyn; daughters, Rosalie Foster, Ronda (Brad) Myers; son-in-law, Ron Guenthner; daughters from a previous marriage, Diane (Doug), Charlene, Brenda (Merv); eleven grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren; sisters, Hazel Rumohr, Lillian Stitchman both of Edmonton; sister in law, Bev Foster of Coronation; several nieces and nephews.
Charlie was predeceased by his parents; three brothers; one sister; and daughter, Roxanne.
Foss Irwin, Bud Wadstein,
Ed Brubacher, Murray Foster,
Jim Gordon, Lewis Foster
Honouring his wishes, no services will be held. Donation can be made in his name to Haying in the 30’s Cancer Support Society, Box 35 Mallaig, AB T0A 2K0