Lester Funk

Obituary of Lester Richard Funk

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Lester Richard Funk went home to his Heavenly Father Friday April 15th, 2022.

Lester was the second youngest of eleven children, born to John FW and Anne Funk. He was born in Herbert but the family lived on a farm near Gouldtown, Saskatchewan.  Dad Funk counted on Lester a lot on the farm and that was the beginning of his farming success. He also spent time with a rancher in Stewart Valley, SK, giving him experience which later helped him with his own cattle in Three Hills, AB.

Lester attended a one room country school from grades 1-5, went to Gouldtown for grades 6-8, and for grades 9-12 he attended the high school in Herbert. To get to the one room school he either rode a horse or walked, and in the winter a Bombadeer (a covered horse-drawn sled) or the stone boat was their way of transportation. School was not easy for Lester due to a hearing disability, but he was able to finish up well. He attended part of a year at Miller College of the Bible.

After college, Lester often made trips to Saskatoon to visit his sisters and classmates there. He looked up Jean McLean, who had attended college the same year. Jean was working in Saskatoon and during Les's visits to the city their relationship started.

Lester married Jean in the fall of 1976, and they lived in Swift Current that fall and winter. In the spring of 1977 they moved to Alberta - to Ghost Pine to farm the McLean land.

Les was happy to move to Alberta. It brought him closer to the mountains, one of the places he loved to go. When staying in the mountains he always wanted a good view of them. He loved adventuring, finding back roads and seeing where they would go -  he didn't need a map.

Les was raised in a christian home and became a christian very early in life. His faith was very important to him. He was involved in his church and his community and took on many responsibilities: he started a kids club, sang in the church choir and quartet, and played an active role in church leadership. Later, Les did mission trips with Samaritans Purse to Cambodia and El Salvador to build water filters for schools and homes. One of his favorite verses was Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Farming was one of the things Les always wanted to do. Les did many things to get the farm started (including raising some pigs – which was not a love) but he loved the cattle and grain. He was a natural at managing the practical realities of farming and always wanted achieve a high standard in the cows he raised and the crops he grew.

While he was dedicated to farming Les could be spontaneous in doing other activities. In the early years of marriage Les played on a church hockey team, curled and he had many other regular interests which included reading, skiing, bowling, and travelling. Les loved music - the louder the better! (Jean first knew of Lester at college because he always had his music blasting loudly from his dorm room.) The Eagles, Abba, Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Alan Jackson, Oak Ridge Boys and many more were played often. Southern and Country gospel concerts and conventions were attended and often with family.

Les was dedicated to his family. His children were loves of his life: Teresa, Darcy, Sherrie and Raymond. The children's different adventures were a good incentive for Les and Jean to travel, visiting Lebanon, England, Spain, and the Maritimes. Grandchildren added another dynamic to the family bringing a lot of joy.

Les loved visits and gatherings with family and friends. Thanksgiving became a special time with children, siblings and their families coming to the farm. There was lots of food, dirt biking, a hayride, and a whole lot of fellowship with each other to catch up over the past year. Les and Jean had good family times at Fairmont, BC each year before Christmas. This was always a cherished time with immediate family and friends.

In the summer of 2017, while out checking crops, Les had a near fatal car accident. In spite of a miraculous recovery from his injuries, his health continued to deteriorate in the following year. Eventually it was learned that Les had a rare degenerative disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Les' abilities continued to decrease and his need for extra care increased as a result of this disease. For two years, and during the pandemic, he was faithfully cared for at home by Jean, Teresa and family, with the wonderful help of home care support. In mid-March of 2022 Les was moved to the attentive and comforting care of Red Deer Hospice, where he passed.

Les was predeceased by his parents John & Anne Funk, parents-in-law Willie & Ruth McLean, siblings Arnold, Lydia, Edna, Adlina, brother-in-law Henry and granddaughter Emily.

Les will be greatly missed by his wife Jean, daughters Teresa (Shane), Sherrie (Blair), sons Darcy (Janette), Raymond (Rosie), and grandchildren Nassif, Anna Leya, Jonathan, Brayden, Katelyn, Keira, and Olive; brothers Leonard (Rita), Harry, Leander (Lynette), sisters Marina (Richard), Doreen (Jae), Carol (Gary), sister-in-law Elsie, brothers-in-law Ron and Bill, and many nephews, nieces and their families and cousins.

Donations on behalf of Les Funk can be made to the following organization: Red Deer Hospice, HART (Humanitarian Aid Response Teams in Ukraine), and Samaritans Purse.



Livestream will be available for the Memorial Service. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and join via livestream. The link is provided below. 

Memorial Service: Friday, April 22, 2022 at 3:00pm - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDWPDWoaz5DHwyTHm4FUU0Q  



7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Sunset Funeral Chapel
311 Arena Ave
Trochu, Alberta, Canada

Memorial Service

3:00 pm
Friday, April 22, 2022
Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church
123 4th Ave S
Three Hills, Alberta, Canada

Interment Service

Les will be laid to rest in a private Interment Service at the Sarcee Butte Cemetery.
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