Posted: June 2nd, 2021


DECEMBER 2, 1936 – MAY 22, 2021

Kelvin entered this world at a little over 2 pounds in Cardston Alberta as the second son of Edwin and Fontella MacDonnell. Soon, Gaylord and Greg would also be welcomed into the family to join Val and Kelvin. They grew up in Hill Spring in the company of many uncles, aunts and cousins, and were known for their prankster ways.

Kelvin grew up working hard and playing hard. He loved camping, fishing, hiking, basketball and anything to do with the great outdoors. Joking around, teasing, and pulling pranks was always part of the fun.

Kelvin met the love of his life and eternal companion, Jean Marie Olshaskie, at a dance in Waterton. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of dancing. Together Kelvin and Jean raised 3 children, Trina, Mike and Julie. They all enjoyed their family vacations together, camping, traveling, fishing and swimming.

Kelvin enjoyed being a husband and Dad, but he really enjoyed being a Grandpa. He loved introducing the grandkids to water fighting, picnics in Waterton, and supporting them in their various sports. Together, Kelvin and Jean also made many trips to Idaho and Oregon to visit their grandkids.

As much as Kelvin enjoyed being a Grandpa, he loved being a Great Grandpa. The last few years, Kelvin and Jean’s whole world revolved around the great grandkids they had close, and regretted every mile between the great grandkids that were far away.

Kelvin always worked hard. The job he loved the most was at the Lethbridge College as a Program Coordinator. The exact count of how many times he retired from the college is unknown, as he just kept going back.

Kelvin was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His favorite calling was serving as Bishop. He loved the people of his ward and his neighbors, giving many hours of service to them all.

Kelvin lived a full and wonderful life, but his most admirable role was that of a Husband. He was devoted to Jean until his passing on May 22, 2021, just after their 63rd wedding anniversary. Their love and devotion to each other was immeasurable.

Kelvin is predeceased by his parents, Edwin and Fontella MacDonnell, younger brother Greg MacDonnell and Father and Mother in-law, John and Edith Olshaskie. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean, their children Trina (Guy) Peterson, Mike MacDonnell, Julie (Wes) Wolsey, nine wonderful grandchildren, of whom he was so proud, and seventeen very precious great grandchildren.

Kelvin is survived by two of his brothers, Val (Marjorie) MacDonnell, his younger brother Gaylord MacDonnell, his sister in-law Eva (Lyle) Vance, along with many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Kelvin’s family would like to thank the many friends and neighbors who have shown such kindness at this time.

A Family Service will be held on Saturday, June 5th at 11:00 am.

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2 Condolences for “MACDONNELL, Kelvin”

  1. Randy Sillito and family says:

    I will always have fond memories of growing up in the same neighbourhood with Kelvin and Jean.
    In later years I will always be greatful for the help they were to my parents and especially to my Mother.
    I wish to extend our condolences to Jean and the entire family

    Randy, Lorraine and family

  2. Carol Erais says:

    Dear Jean & family
    Both Tiv and I worked at the College With Kelvin for many years.
    He had a distinctive laugh and voice.
    We ware fortunate to have known him.
    Love from Carol & Tiv Erais

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