October 8, 1934 ~ March 22, 2021
Mel was born Melvin Allen Westfall, on the family farm at New Norway, Alberta on October 8, 1934, the second youngest of four... Arnold, Ernest, Mel and Ruby.
At the age of 17, Mel went to the Rigs and where he worked for 12 years. But in-the-between-time, he met and married Betty Strain. Mel and Betty had three children, Cindy Ann, Reg Allen, and Darcy Brayant.
Mel left the Rigs to live full time at home and to spend more time with his family in Wetaskiwin. He bought and operated a company, Wetaskiwin Cartage, and delivered freight in Wetaskiwin. While on route one day, he had a load for Trans-Atlantic Imports, where he met a pretty little blonde, who later became his second wife, Margaret Homan, in 1975.
Margaret had two children, Ann and Pat Williamson. They became his family as well.
After two years in the cartage business, he sold his company and bought a Taxi, which he had for one year.
Mel received a job offer with Revelstoke in Wetaskiwin, where he worked for five years. He then transferred to Red Deer where he worked for 20 years. He then decided to retire so he bought a quarter section farm at the Pendryl General Store corner. He cleared the quarter, bought 50 head of cattle, and became a farmer. They lived on that farm for 12 years until Margaret became ill. They decided to move back to Wetaskiwin where they purchased a condo.
A few years later, he lost Margaret but remained in the Wetaskiwin condo. A few years later he met his best friend and companion, Lynn Yanke. They were buddies for nine years until Mel got sick and couldn’t be alone any longer. Mel asked Lynn to move in and take care of him. In February of 2019, Lynn moved in and took care of him until his passing.
Mel was predeceased by his parents, Hank and Julia Westfall; brothers, Arnold (Marge), Ernest (Martha); sister, Ruby (Hans) Coen; daughter, Cindy; wife, Margaret; son, Reg and step-daughter, Ann Williamson.
Left to mourn Mel is his son, Darcy; step-son, Pat (Shawna) Williamson; grandchildren, D.J. (Keke) Westfall, Dalyce Westfall, Justin (Jazmine) Williamson, Hailey (Kyle) Williamson, Cory Westfall, Jody Westfall, Tyler Westfall, Tiffany Hanna (Derek), Tanner Westfall; granddaughter-in-law, Tamara; great-grandchildren, Payton Westfall, Riley and Addilynn Williamson, Madison, MacKenzie and Nick Westfall; his last love and best friend for 10.5 years, Lynn Yanke; as well as numerous extended family members and many friends.
A service in honour of Mel’s life will be planned at a later date. In Mel’s memory, donations are gratefully accepted to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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