LEONARD VAN MAARIONPosted: May 10th, 2019
Leonard was tired and ready to go, anxious to reunite with his life partner, Caroline, who predeceased him in January of 2018. Len was born February 3, 1922 and spent all of his 97 years living at the ranch, south of Seven Persons. He attended High Bank School, completing grade 8, at which time he started his career, working full time on the ranch.
Lennie is survived by three sons: Richard (Meridith), their children, Jesse (Ashley), great-grandchildren, Montana, Meadow, and Jasper; Megan (Jared) Wever, great-grandchildren, Sophia, Mila and Barent; Emily (Tim) Erickson, great-grandchildren, Steele and Ember; Ronald (Wendy), their children, Nicole (Kevin) Dalgleish; Casey and great-grandchildren, Hayden, Sylvan, Treyton, and Satayjah; Murray (Karen) and their children, Kelsi (Raymond) Wagenaar, Travis, and Tristan as well as Tammy, Dalyce and Dustin.
Len is also survived by his brother, Jack (Ella) and their sons, Craig, Todd (Natalie) as well as numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Len was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Caroline; son, Brent; brother, Richard; twin sisters and their spouses, Eve (Jack) Gloslie, Evelyn (Art) Entzminger as well as his niece, Vicki Lyn Leuck.
Sundays were special days for Len. Everyone knew there would be a beautiful meal and they would be welcome. He and Caroline welcomed family and friends to their farm kitchen for a home cooked meal. Len was close to Caroline’s siblings – the Greenstein’s, their spouses and their families and they were always welcome at the farm. Airplanes, stationary engines, fixing and repairing farm equipment, drilling wells – Dragon’s Den would have been a go to for Len. Len proudly displayed his antique engines at the Mediicne Hat Exhibition & Stampede for many years right up until the age of 96. Len was generous with his time and would help out neighbors when they needed a hand.
Thanks to the neighbors who helped out these past years as Len and Caroline tried to maintain the ranch. Thank you also to the staff at AgeCare Valleyview, Masterpiece Southland Meadows, and Dr. Van der Merwe. Staff were so kind to dad and always treated him with respect. Thanks to Cook Southland Funeral Chapel for their assistance and special thanks to Pastor Koopmans for valuable time spent with Len.
A Celebration of Leonard’s life will be held at the Christian Reformed Church, 300 Primrose Drive SE, Medicine Hat on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor George Koopmans officiating. (Condolences may be expressed by www.cooksouthland.com) Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455