In Memory Of


John Robert LaRose

Jul 4, 1943 - Oct 12, 2021


  As per John’s request there will be no formal funeral service.


LaRose, John Robert


It is with extreme sadness that we announce the passing of a very memorable man who will be remembered by many. John Robert LaRose passed away on the morning of October 12, 2021, at the age of 78. He was born July 4, 1943, on the family farm in Stettler Alberta. He was the 8th child of 10 born to Francois (Frank) George LaRose and Catherine Marion LaRose (Curtis). John was a very kind and quiet boy that loved his ‘wheels’ from a very young age. The family worked hard on the farm, daily life involved riding horses to school and one of John’s absolute favorite things was sneaking off for bread at grandma’s house. John had a red sow as a pet that was the topic of many stories involving broken eggs and barnyard trouble. The family sold the farm and moved closer to town in 1949/1950. John quit school to go to work which was fairly standard for a boy growing up on a struggling farm back in those days. He met Donna Dyck early on and they married having 3 children, Michael, Angela and Randall (Robyn). Work always was a priority for John and life saw many challenges and changes over the years. John had a relationship with Beryl Currie and had another daughter, Jaime (Jay Skogen). Life again saw changes for John with work and relationships. After a time at a small café in Stettler John met Joan Sieben and after Christmas drinks, with Joan’s father chaperoning, the two of them became a couple soon after. In 1978 John and his oldest brother Ernest bought LaRose Construction from their brother Francis who had started the company previously. John purchased land in Rocky Mountain House to run the construction company from Rocky while Ernie stayed in Stettler and ran the other half of the operations from there. John enlisted the help of a good friend and the two of them built a log cabin for John to call home. John and Joan welcomed a daughter, Melissa in early 1979. John was always dedicated to LaRose Construction and every piece of equipment seemed to be an extension of his hands whether it was a Caterpillar, Hoe or Grader. In 1986, John found an amazing piece of property on Prairie Creek between Rocky Mountain House and Caroline that he absolutely had to own. Shortly after tracking down the owner a deal was struck, and Moody River Ranch was home after that. In 1991 John bought property in Drayton Valley and he started a Grader business, encouraging his son Randy to start his own company as well. John was always busy, sometimes too busy but he always worked hard and loved the Oil & Gas Industry, anything John Deere and classic cars. John’s other loves, when he was able, were hunting, fishing, riding in the mountains and John Wayne movies, he loved to share a Budweiser with his favorite horse Shadow and always spoiled his favorite dogs over the years. John was always the man who would give a friend the shirt off his back.

John is survived by 8 grandchildren: Catlin, Courtney (Shane Hopkins), Tyler, Ryleigh, Kaidyn, Brady, Danyka and Ascher; 2 sisters: Anna Mae (Forsyth) and Dorothy (Ellertson); his partner and common law wife Joan Sieben, and all his children.

John was predeceased by his brothers Ernest, George, Francis, Eugene and Paul as well as his sisters Doretta (Ramstad) and Lorraine (Chick).

Rest in peace dad, you will be missed by many!

As per John’s request there will be no formal funeral service.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626


Gary Larson:

My heartfelt condolences to Michael, Angela, Randy, Joan and all Johns family whom
I never had the chance to meet. It brings back fond memories of John & Donna and
Lavina & I double dating.

Herb & Winnifred (Cole) Risto:

You may not know us. but I am a sister of Donna Davies.
Donna has had so many good things to say about her and Joe's friendship with you.
It was sad to hear that John had passed.
I know that you, as John's family, will be grieving these days.
We pray that God will comfort all of you.
We pray that God will lead and undertake in every way.

Julie LaRose :

The family of Frank and Mary send our deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. May he find peace, love and freedom from pain, in the arms of Jesus, and all our beloved who have gone before us.

Dave and Donnie Kruger:

Our heartfelt condolences to your family! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all on the loss of this great man! RIP John, loved working with you!

Clarence Knapp:

Condolences to the family, John was such a great man !!

Brenda Wintringham:

It is with great sadness we say good bye to Uncle John. He was always there, close to Mom's heart. As with most big brothers. He will be remembered with love from our family. Our sincere condolences to the family. Uncle Frank, Brenda, Gaylene, Susan, Tammie and Sheldon and families.

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