August 16th, 2018

May 14, 2018

By Obituaries on May 14, 2018.


1941 ~ 2018
Mr. Jeffrey Welling, beloved husband of Mrs. ‘Snookie’ Welling, passed away peacefully while in the comfort of his home and surrounded by family on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the age 76 years. Jeff’s life will be celebrated at Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church, on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend David Pollard officiating. If friends desire, memorial donations in Jeff’s name may be made to directly to the Community Foundation of Medicine Hat & S.E. Alberta, #104, 430 – 6 Avenue S.E., Medicine Hat, AB. T1A 2S8 or to the Fifth Avenue Memorial United Church Roof Fund, 476 – 4 Street S.E. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting Honoured to serve the family is
Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 – 13th Street S.W. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4 Phone 403-527-6455


February 20, 1923 ~ May 7, 2018
John Deering of Medicine Hat, formerly of Leader, Saskatchewan, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 7th, 2018 at the age of 95 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Elsie Irene Deering; a brother and sister in infancy; his brother, Hank Deering; and his sisters, Mary Yackel and Pauline Johnson. His memory will be forever cherished by his children, Harlan (Joan) Deering, Yvonne (Dale) Bratvold, Stuart (Angela) Deering and Dixie (Don) Smith; his beloved grandchildren, Miranda (Travis) and Chandra (Dustin), Justin and Amber, Brandon, Devan (Amy) and Dakota; and four great-grandchildren, Julia, Ivan, Cyler and Jolan. John is survived by his two brothers, Paul and Lloyd; one sister, Esther; numerous nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. John was born west of Leader to Mary and Conrad Deering and was raised on the family farm with his six siblings. In 1947 John married Irene in Kelowna, BC. Together they farmed and raised their children in the Leader area until 1988 when they retired to Medicine Hat. John was a lifetime member of the Gideons and was very active in his church. His dedication and love for his God carried him through his 95 years. He will be fondly remembered as a man whose faith, family and farm were priorities in his life. John was deeply loved and will be greatly missed but is now reunited with his beloved wife. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at HILLCREST EVANGELICAL MISSIONARY CHURCH, 3785 – 13th Avenue SE, on Saturday from 12:00 until 12:55 p.m. The Funeral Service will be held at HILLCREST EVANGELICAL MISSIONARY CHURCH on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Dr. Shane P. Andrus and Pastor Mark Bolender co-officiating. A Private Interment will take place at Saamis Prairie View Cemetery. Those wishing to remember him with a charitable donation, may do so with a gift to the Gideons International in Canada, PO Box 3619, Guelph, ON N1H 7A2. Condolences may be sent through or to subject heading John Deering. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to
SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM & RECEPTION CENTRE, "The Chapel in the Park" #1 Dunmore Road SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 1Z5 (403)528-2599 Locally owned and directed CGR Holdings Ltd.


1956 – 2018
Jonnie Bernell Popel, beloved husband, father, grandfather and Winnifred historian, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at the age of 62 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Royal Canadian Legion, 202 – 5 Avenue East, Bow Island on Saturday, May 12, 2018 between 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. Condolences may be forwarded by visiting our website at
Jon was born in Medicine Hat on March 4, 1956, to Agnes and John Popel. He lived most of his life in Winnifred where he farmed with his father. Jon attended the University of Calgary and obtained a degree in Geology where he met his future wife, Janet Ferguson. They were married on February 27, 1982 and together Jon and Janet farmed and raised three amazing children, Jonathan (Peggy), James (Stephanie) and Julianne (Dan Baran). He so loved his two grandchildren John and Anne and greatly enjoyed his visits with them.
After the farm and just like in everything he has done, he took pride in a career at the St. Mary River Irrigation District (SMRID), "chasing water" as he put it, for almost twenty years. He will be remembered by his brothers at The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) and past members of the Bow Island Ducks Unlimited Committee.
In addition to his own family, Jon leaves behind three sisters Joanne (Morris) Sosick of Lethbridge, Shirley Johnston of Milk River and Betty (Mike) Owens of Redmond, Washington and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother-in-law Charles Johnston.
In lieu of flowers and donations, Jon’s family ask that you spend time with your children, grandchildren and families and like Jon would want, hug them and hold them close as he would say that is most important.

Share this story:

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.