Ken Anderson
Ken Anderson
Ken Anderson
Ken Anderson
Ken Anderson
Ken Anderson

Obituary of Ken Anderson

It is with great sadness that our family announces the passing of Ken Anderson on December 30, 2020, in the Red Deer Hospital, at the age of 74 years.

 

Ken was born in Trochu, Alberta on July 27, 1946, the second of two children born to Margaret and Walter Anderson. He is survived by his wife, Maxine, daughter Shelly (Colin) Creasy of Brownfield and their children Clayton and Lucas; son Cody (Tara) Anderson of Trochu and their child Marilyn; daughter Dayna (Brendon) Feely in New Zealand and their children Brooklyn and Daniel; and daughter Robin (John) McCulloch of Ardrossan and their child Caitlin. He is also survived by three great grandchildren, Cash, Aubrey, and Cooper Creasy, as well as a brother Marvin. He was predeceased by his parents, his first wife Marilyn, and by an infant son, Shane. 

 

Ken obtained his schooling at Fairmount, Huxley, Trochu, and Edmonton and then went on to study Agricultural Mechanics at SAIT before getting married and then returning to the family farm where he farmed with his dad until 1983. During this time, Ken and Marilyn built their own new log home on the Bar 17 Ranch about 7 miles NW of Trochu and increasingly focused on running Thoroughbreds on the B-Circuit where, eventually, he became the racing coordinator for the Canada West Turf Association, 1981 – 1992.  

 

Ken was always an avid horseman and an especially close friend to Howard (Shady) Green, a legend in cowboy circles, as well as Bill Greenwood, also a famous chuckwagon driver. He continued to own, board, breed and train Thoroughbreds throughout his life, knew the bloodlines of horses everywhere, and also had numerous close friends in the Thoroughbred community. He also seemed to be able to do almost anything: welding, carpentering, shoeing horses, operating farm machinery, restoring old furniture, collecting antiques, doing leatherwork, or pulling a horse trailer all over Alberta. Prior to having increasingly more medical issues, he always had a mischievous twinkle in his eye and a fun-filled life with friends and family.

 

The greatest dignity to be found in death is the dignity of the life that preceded it. Sure, he could have missed the pain, but then he would have also missed the dance. He ran a very good race and he did it his way.

 

In lieu of other tributes, donations may be made to the Evergreen Park Injured Jockey Fund. Contact Holly Crichton at  holly_crichton@hotmail.com 

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