Nov 21, 1932 - Sep 19, 2019
Monday, October 7, 2019
A service was held October 7th 2019, 1 p.m. at First Christian Reformed Church, Rocky Mountain House (East side of highway 11 coming in to Rocky Mountain House from the South East) followed by a reception at the Royal Canadian Legion 4911-49th Street
Donations in Robert’s name may be made to STARS air ambulance.
Ekelund, Robert Charles
Robert Charles (Bob) Ekelund of Rocky Mountain House Alberta passed away September 19th, 2019 in the Rimbey Hospital where he was being cared for after suffering a stroke August 9th. Bob was born November 21, 1932 on the family farm at Twin Butte. In the rugged yet beautiful foothills just north of Waterton Lakes National Park, which his family had close ties to, Bob lived his childhood in the beauty and splendour of prairie ranch lands that drifted to the base of the majestic Dungarvan Range, a stretch of the Rockies that inspire awe in all that gaze upon them.
As a young boy he attended school in a one room school house at the base of Spread Eagle Mountain, where learning came with lessons also in horsemanship, hunting, trapping and “Wild lands” ranching resulting in a true respect for the flora and fauna that made up the natural grandeur all around him.
Armed with a grade ten education (his last year received at Strathcona high school in Edmonton ) Bob entered the workforce determined to make his way in a brand new industry in the era of oil and gas. It was that move that caused this young man in the midst of the Oil Boom to meet his beautiful wife June Kerbes in Stettler Alberta.
Bob’s Oilman career led him through more than 40 years of dedicated service from Pincher Creek Gas Plants to Construction Superintendent of a Rainbow Lake facility, then to Rocky Mountain House to build the Ram River Gas Plant as Construction and later Production Superintendent. He rounded out his
oil career by developing a safety department for Husky Oil, serving as Safety Superintendent then after his retirement working in the oil safety industry as a consultant through his business Silvertip Safety services.
Bob spent his life as a rancher, an oilman and a dedicated father of a family of nine children and foster parent with June of 497 children in care over a 40 year career. Bob and June received a Humanitarian Award from the Government of Alberta for their services.
Bob was predeceased by his brothers Jack and Bill, sister Jean Sinclair, and his beloved children David Ekelund and Julia Morrison. He is survived by his wife June, sister Helen McNab, and children Mike Ekelund, Connie Harvie, Aron Ekelund, Brian English, James Ekelund, Debbie Lecerf and Liz Frisneth. He and his wife June were married sixty five years and were lovingly surrounded by their children, 22 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.
Condolences to June and your family at this time of loss. Our hearts are with you.
The Elmer Kerbes family
Marguarite, Annette and Michael, Hal and Kathi
I was saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I remember June and Bob from a family gathering years ago. I think it was Aunt Alma's birthday party.
My thoughts are with June and family.
Tammy Felix (Taylor)
So sorry to hear about Bob.lots of good memoirs.Love to you June and family
Jim & Doreen Guilloux:
Sorry for your loss June and family. We got to know Bob and June through square dancing and always enjoyed Bob,s stories and June,s smiles.
Ted Brettelle :
So sorry for your loss June and family.
Bob was such a kind person .
Mel & Chris Deydey and Larry & Kim Deydey:
On behalf of the Deydey family, we extend our deepest sympathies to June and the entire family on hearing the news of Bob’s passing. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Treasure the many wonderful memories you have of Bob. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to all of you.
Larry & Kim
Mel & Chris
Joan and Lord Beaudin:
We were very saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Our deepest sympathy to June and her family.
We have known Bob and June for many years as we square danced with them years ago. We have had many great visits. During the past year that we have been living in Day Manor, we have been made so welcome by them at the lodge. They always had a place for us to join them at their table there for entertainment and a visit after.He was a wonderful friendly, loving person and will be missed . We have so many great memories. Our love to you all.
Joan and Lord
Lyndee Ibrahim (Wiber):
My condolences to June and the family! Bob was my first foster parent and showed such great kindness and such an amazing man! June and Bob changed my life and put me on a path of success and I owe them my life! Im so sorry to hear of his passing and love Bob and June so much!
Jack and Connie Cuppen :
Condolences to June and family on Uncle Bob’s passing...
Love and prayers to all of you,
Jack and Connie Cuppen
I'm so sorry for your loss, my prayers and condolences to you Brian and the rest of the family.
Mark and Annie Bertagnolli:
We are so very sorry to hear about Bob's passing. Such a strong and talented and loving man. He will be greatly missed.
Sending love to all the Ekelund family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mark and Annie xxx
I have never met your dad Brian but if he was anything like his son he was a great man. Because great men only make great kids. So sorry for you and your family lose!
It is with great sadness that we learned of Bob's passing. It seems like only yesterday (because it literally was) that I was playing cards with Bob and June at Westview Lodge, while chatting about various things. Bob always had something interesting to add to the conversation. We will all miss his smile, strong voice and great sense of humour, but fond memories of him will live on with us.
Our condolences to June, and the rest of the family.
Jim, Aynsley, Jennifer and Kara
It’s with much sadness we learn of the passing of Bob
I recall with clarity the era when the Ekelund family moved into a new home at 52A Ave in town. Some years later, Jean and I took social dance lessons from
Bob and June. ( amongst many others ) actually we signed up for follow up classes immediately at conclusion of the first. ( one of us ( me ) was a bit of a
slow learner. I have put those lessons to use a lot in my retirement. I grin to myself often, when a fox trot is
about to start. Bob, describing to the guys, think of it
this way. A male dog running down the road side ways, always leading with his left foot! What talent, if any I have, was with help from them both. Over the years, I developed a quiet friendship with this couple,
Learning about their youth and where home was at the beginning. It was not that long ago, Bob and I had a brief visit in passing.
Our condolences to June, and all the family.
Stew ( and Jean )
Dona Winchester :
So very sorry for your loss Aron and the rest of
your family. I visited often with your Mom and Dad
at Westview Lodge and will miss seeing him there.
Hugs to all.
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