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Finkbeiner, Ronald "Ron" Leslie
March 24, 1962 - February 12, 2020
Service:Saturday, February 22, 2020
1:00 pm
A Funeral Service for Ron will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Bethel Union Church, Leslieville, AB at 1 P.M.
Interment:  Leslieville Cemetery
Notice:  Full obituary will follow. Memorial Donations may be made in Ron’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation,or the Kidney Foundation with donations towards "Organ Donation" or the Bethel Union Church.

Obituary

nald Leslie Finkbeiner
(March 24, 1962 – Feb. 12, 2020)
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ron Finkbeiner on Feb. 12, 2020. Ron passed away at the age of 57, at the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, Edmonton Alta., after a long and courageous struggle with heart disease, kidney disease, and several other health issues. He never let his struggles dampen his love of life, his passion and commitment to family, enjoyment of friends and his love of living in his community. All who Ron has left behind find comfort and solace in knowing he is with the Lord. We rejoice in the assurance that he is in heaven and is free from pain and suffering. Ron was born to Leslie and Myrtle Finkbeiner in Eckville, Alta. on March 24, 1962. He lived his life in Leslieville where he attended Leslieville and David Thompson Schools and completed his education in Three Hills, Alta. He met and soon married his sweetheart Karen, on June 26, 1982 and were together for 37 years. Their family together has grown in number, love and life experiences. Ron had many passions throughout his life. His faith in the Lord, his ever present love and commitment to family, and his willingness to help others were always present. His passion of life and his examples of faith and commitment were shown continuously. He loved to spend time with family, friends, young and old, and he had a special gift of connecting with people and making anyone feel welcome and accepted. He always wanted the best for everyone. Ron’s commitment to serve his fellow man was most evident in his efforts in his community through the fire department which he was involved with at a very young age. He was an active and serving member for over 30 years and served as Fire Chief for 20 years. During this time he served side-by-side with many others to help those in need, and he influenced many lives because of his efforts, faith and convictions. Some of Ron’s firefighters continued into fulltime emergency services careers with many remembering where they started, who helped get them started, and they kept in touch with Ron. He was instrumental in raising the level of the fire service for the benefit of the community and those he served. His leadership, vision and commitment was felt and seen in the community and he inspired those he served with, to “be and do the best you can” and inspired many other community fire departments to better their community services. Ron’s career in the Alberta gas industry spanned decades where he held positions frontline to management positions in operations, quality control and safety. Ron truly enjoyed camping in the motorhome, especially having friends, coming over to “Finky’s” own little sanctuary that he, Karen and family graciously shared with all. Anyone who attended knew about Ron’s love of people, fellowship, music and he always made sure that they had everything to enjoy their time, especially a warm campfire! He also loved fishing, quadding, biking, had a love of firearms and a special love for his dogs. He also loved operating his farm equipment and took great joy in teaching his grandchildren how to operate many of his machines. Ron’s sense of humour was one of a kind and you knew when he was up to something because of his mischievous grin and a heart-warming twinkle in his eyes. He could often lighten a negative mood of one or many people simply through a kind joke, a phrase, or his grin and chuckle. It was always seen and felt – his love for people and willingness to give to others. He was respectful of others, always open for a good discussion, and was willing to agree to disagree – except on things that truly mattered. Ron was a man of conviction, always open to hear and see the truth and facts to determine his ground to stand. Once decided, he always stood up for what he felt was the right thing and demonstrated that he was “doing the best he could”. No one can question that “he did walk the talk” – and he always demonstrated his Christian faith and belief in salvation through Jesus Christ by doing and being open to people and helping them find their way forward. Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife Karen, son Scott, daughter Amanda (Chris), and his grandchildren Jaylynn, Jace, Jaxon, Nash; Ron’s mother Myrtle; sisters Geraldine (Gerald) Dirsten, and Muriel (Steve) Butchart; his in-laws Jim and Bessie Earl, Evelyn (Phil) Erickson, Lonnie (Adena) Earl, Lyndon (Kathy) Earl, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and by many, many friends. He was predeceased by his father Leslie, grandparents Clarence and Bertha Finkbeiner, Fred and Keitha Bott and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at the Bethel Union Church, Leslieville on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at 1 p.m.
Memorial donations can be made in Ron’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Kidney Foundation with donations to go to “organ donation”, or the Bethel Union Church.

Condolences

Dawn Meyers-smith :
I am so sorry to hear of our loss. My thoughts are with you.
Tom and Marie Judd:
So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you Karen and your family and to Myrt and and all the extended families. Tom enjoyed the short time spent working with Ron- always called him “ The Chief”.
Blair & Koreen steffen :
We are so very sorry for your loss , Our thoughts and prayers Are with you all .
Fay & Lloyd Pederson:
So sorry to hear of Ron's sudden passing. Our thoughts are with you Karen, Scot, Amanda and family.
Stewart Stephanson ( Rocky Mtn House ) :
It’s with surprise, and much sadness, I read about the passing of Ron. I can’t recall the last time we spoke, it was a long time ago.
I do however recall one of the first times we met, and communicated. My wife Jean, drove me to Ron’s residence just north of Leslieville, in early afternoon on a Sunday in August. ( 1983 ) I then spent the afternoon travelling to Vermilion AB in Rons chev
pickup truck. I, as a volunteer on the town fire brigade, and him the same at Leslieville, were enrolled to take the part 2 firefighter
Provincial training course at the college the following week. Sharing a dorm, meals, training and also the return trip, gave us ample time to get aquatinted. I realize looking at dates, Ron was 21 years of age at the time. Over the next few years, meeting him was often as one department backed up the other as mutual aid in serious fire service duties. Ron, Was nothing but serious
in being the consummate fire officer, in all his duties on the dept. He should always, and well be remembered as such.
For the path we walked together for a few years, I’m grateful .
My sincere condolences to his immediate family ( and much extended as well )
Sincerely
Stewart Stephanson


Lana Marchinko:
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family. Ron was a wonderful man and dealt with a lot of health issues but continued to move on. It was a pleasure knowing him and getting to know you (Karen) as well. My condolences to you and your family.
Melanie Bott:
My thoughts and prayers are with you Karen, Scott, Amanda and your families. Ron was a good good man and we are all better for knowing him and learning from his passion in all things he loved. Sending hugs and love! Sorry I can't be there for his service, my thoughts will be with you. Sending hugs and love.
Janie Heikkinen :
God's with you in this time of loss
With love to comfort you
And as He holds you in His arms,
His peace will gently soothe.
His healing presence will carry you,
When, at times, it gets too tough
And as He wipes away each tear,
Rest in His abiding love.
Love and Hugs
Linda Green Abraham:
So sad to hear of Ron's passing. Me heart and prayers are with my Alberta family at this difficult time. Love and hugs.
Gerry & JoLynn Bradshaw:
Very sorry to hear this news. Ron was a great man and will be missed. You all are in our prayers.
Debbie baich:
You are in our thoughts and prayers. We were very surprised and saddened to hear of Ron’s passing.
Kim and Calvin Randall:
Our hearts go out to you. Ron will be sorely missed in our community. Condolences to Karen and the entire Finkbeiner family.
Dusty Fay:
Deepest condolences Karen, Scott and Family.
I had a great amount of respect for Ron and his professionalism. His dedication to the Fire Service and Safety was an inspiration to many of us.
Sylvia & Bernie Sundsten :
We are very sad to hear of his passing .We will be praying in the days ahead for all the famliys healing and for your continual leanings on the lord for your support in moving forward in his care .
Brenda Kult:
Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you Karen Scott Amanda and families
Gwen Nielsen:
I am so sorry for your loss he struggled so hard for many years. Karen just know he is no longer in pain and in a better place.
James Munro:
My sympathy and deepest condolences to the family.
Tom Rena Stewart :
Please accept our Sincere Condolences for the loss of your Husband, Father and grandfather He will be Missed by many people who he has worked with and Volunteered alongside for many yrs. 9
Beki Brown:
I am so deeply sorry to learn of Ron’s passing.
I had the fine privilege to work along side him on many calls over many years.
His kindness, humour and passion will stay with me always .
Sending you all love .
Mikki Newell:
Karen, my heart is saddened with the passing of your soul mate Ron, He was a very good man and sincerely touched the lives of so many, he will not be forgotten by any who had the opportunity to know him. My heart goes out to you and your family, keep faith that a man like Ron will now by walking with the Angels and be watching over his family he loves so dearly. Much love
Patti & Milton:
Our sincere sympathy goes to you and the family Karen. So sorry to hear about this. Unfortunately we are away but you are in our thoughts.

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