PETRUNIK, William “Bill”

Posted: October 19th, 2023

PETRUNIK William Petrunik (June 18, 1931-October 13, 2023) passed away peacefully surrounded by family. Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife Jackie O’Bray Petrunik of 69 years, children: Bill Jr (Joanne); Chris (Liz) Kelsey Anne, Brian (Kirsten), Gord, Cori-Jo (Ryan Heggie); Brooke, Jaclyn (Denny Jensen) Porter, Oaklynn, Finlee, Haylee-Jo, Tami-Rae (Ken VanCleave); Kendra, Blake.
Bill is also survived by his sister Helen Latka and her family of Sparwood, B.C. He is predeceased by his parents John & Olga Petrunik.
Bill was born in Corbin, B.C. on June 18, 1931. His family moved to Coleman, AB. He attended high school there during the day and worked in the coalmines from 3 to 11pm.
He moved to Calgary to be a machinist and met the love of his life, Jaqueline O’Bray in 1953. They married in 1955 and moved to Davenport, Iowa to enroll in Palmer School of Chiropractic where he earned his degree as the valedictorian all while working full time in the evenings. Bill and Gord were both born in Iowa. They moved back to Calgary in 1960 where he worked as a Chiropractor. In 1962 Cori-Jo was born. They moved to Edmonton where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education at the U of A.
In 1965, they moved to Lethbridge where he taught machine shop and science for 31 years in the same classroom.
He always had two jobs so he taught during the day and went to the chiropractic office after school. Their fourth child Tami-Rae was born in 1968.
Bill got involved in figure skating through his children and became president of the LFSC, Southern Alberta FSA and Alberta F.S. Association.
Bill could take anything apart and fix it. He built many things including his dream cabin on Rosen Lake, B.C., his favourite place to be with his wife and family.
Bill & Jackie have travelled all over Canada & the U.S., Europe, Egypt, Israel, Peru, Russia & The Ukraine.
Bills first language was Ukrainian until grade one when he learned English and later Russian.
Bill and Jackie served a senior service mission for two years for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 20, 2023 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA STAKE CENTER (Scenic Drive).
Friends are also welcome to meet with the family on Thursday from 7-8pm at Salmon & Sons Funeral Home (Near Airport).
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3 Condolences for “PETRUNIK, William “Bill””

  1. Dan Rimmer says:

    My condolences to the family, rest in peace

  2. Tony Mazacs says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss our deepest sympathies and condolences to your family and friends. I want to thank you for being a great neighbor to my mom Jean for all these years. God bless 🙏.

  3. Debra Phin says:

    My deepest sympathies to Jackie and the Petrunik family. You are in my thoughts and prayers

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