Posted: May 15th, 2013

1927 ~ 2013
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Lief Barden Larson on Friday, May 10, 2013 at Chinook Regional Hospital at the age of 86 years.
Lief left his home in Retlaw, Alberta at the age of 15 to join the army; from then on he never slowed down. After the war he travelled to Steveson, BC and became a commercial fisherman. Several years later he travelled back to Retlaw, Alberta and married Jeannie Toker in 1953. Together they raised their 4 children on the family homestead. In 1978, Lief quit farming and returned to Parksville, BC to fish once again. He stayed on the coast until 2006, and returned to Lethbridge where he resided at the Garden View Lodge until his passing. Lief was a Veteran, a Frontiersman and a proud Legion member for 67 years. He also belonged to the Mason’s, Shriners, and Army and Navy Clubs. Lief kept busy until 3 days before he became ill; repairing vacuums, returning shopping carts and picking up garbage at various local businesses.
Lief is survived by his daughters Valinda Cummins, Kendra Larson (Kirk Oseen) and Colette Staples (Wesley); his son Lonnie Larson; his grandchildren Dustin Compton (Dallyn Robinson), Jason McNiven, Cory Benson (Renee Gervais), Amanda Binder (Karl), Katie Vanloenen (Mike), Coleman Larson (May Ann), Michael Staples and Dylan Staples; his great-grandchildren Easton Compton, Taylor and Jayden McNiven, Kayley Clark, Chloe Gervais, Myah Benson, Brynn and Declan Binder, Lorenne Vanloenan, and Owen Staples; his brother Lou Larson from Penticton, BC.
Lief was predeceased by his parents Carl and Mary Larson and his brother Wilfred Larson.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION | 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #4 | 324 Mayor Magrath Drive South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 3L7.
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  1. Al MacKenzie says:

    We are so sorry to hear of the family’s loss.

    Leif was a fine and remembered friend.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  2. patty obrien says:

    my condolence too lief family he was a wonderful and lovley man he cared so much about his family i was a bartender at the legion and got too know lief over the last 6 years we had a lot of laughs together he always called me 1/2 pint my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time lief was loved by all he was a real gentleman and will be greatley missed by allxxxxxxxxx

  3. Albert Enns says:

    I am going to miss our friendly conversations whenever we came in contact with each other.
    I may have kept you from feezing to death on one occasion a number of years ago.
    Sincere condolances to the Family.

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