Gordon Garnett “Gordie” Allan was born July 27, 1943 in the Galahad Hospital. He was the second son of Charlie and Bea. Eddie was born in June of 1942 and Ken in June of 1945. Gordie was raised on the family farm four miles north and 1 1/2 miles west of Alliance. On Sunday, June 17, 1951, when Gordie was eight, his Dad passed away. The family continued to live on the farm with the help of Granny Laing. In November 1954 the family moved into Alliance where Bea worked and Granny Laing did the cooking, cleaning and helped mind the boys. In 1958 Bea met and married Arb Swan. Suddenly Gordie had a step-sister, JoAnne (to tease).
Within the next few years three more sisters were born: Cathie in February 1959; Jackie in October 1961; and Carol in October 1963. Gordie attended school in Alliance until Grade 11. In the summer of 1960 the family moved to the Brownfield / Bulwark area. Gordie then attended Brownfield School for two years and graduated in 1962. That summer and the summer of 1963 he worked for Bill Butterwick. In the fall of 1962 Gordie attended Olds College taking Agriculture. He graduated in 1964 with honours, shaking Grant McEwan’s hand.
After graduating he worked for Bill Butterwick and eventually bought Bill’s farm. On October 8, 1965 Gordie married Jean Taylor. At that time he was farming the Allan Estate land. That year the wheat crop ran 50 bushels per acre. The first few years Gordie and Jean lived in a mobile home at Bill’s farmstead, and then built a house on SE-15-38-11. Gordie and Jean had three sons; Richard, born May 6, 1966; Brian, born May 15, 1969; and Charlie, born September 4, 1970. In August 1970 Gordie was badly burnt in a grain dryer fire and spent time in the Castor Hospital. That year the crop was harvested by friends. Gordie never forgot that.
Gordie loved to be active. He played basketball in high school, played on a hockey team and a baseball team for years. He also curled and snowmobiled regularly. As the boys got older, they got involved with Cubs and Scouts and Gordie attended the World Jamboree at Kananaskis with them. As a family they spent many happy times camping, boating and skiing with family and friends. Gordie farmed until 1990. He then worked for Alta Hail and Crop until 1993, after which he travelled to Israel.
He returned in the fall and moved to Edmonton where he was a maintenance manager for Boardwalk Properties until his retirement. After retiring he spent time helping out where he could; at Richard and Cheryl’s fencing and haying, at Brian and Lisa’s planting trees, and helping Charlie renovate. He also went to his sister’s farms and got his hands a little dirty helping out. Gordie passed away on December 4, 2011 at the Royal Alex Hospital in Edmonton at the age of 68.
Gordie is survived by his three sons, Richard (Cheryl) and children, Waylon and Hayley, Brian (Lisa) and children Alyssa and Kaelyn and Charlie and his daughter Taylor.
His mother Bea Swan; siblings, Eddie (Elaine) Allan, Joanne Lindmark, Cathie (Terry) Gilbertson, Jackie (Loren) Rodvang, Carol (Zane) Radefeldt and Diana Allan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and many other relatives.
Predeceased by Charlie Allan, Ken Allan, Arb Swan, Frank Scott, Bob Lindmark, niece, Shawna and nephew Baby Boy Gilbertson.
The funeral service to honour Gordie Allan was held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Brownfield Rec Centre, Brownfield, AB. with Reverend Sue Hertell officiating. Linda Osetsky played for the congregational hymns, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” and “Abide With Me”. Tributes were given by Toni Selzler and Michael Allan sharing some of their fond memories.
Honourary pallbearers were “All of Gordie’s family and friends”. Active pallbearers were Terry Gilbertson, Loren Rodvang, Zane Radefeldt, Douglas Gilbertson, Scott Allan and Michael Allan. The interment was at 11 a.m. at the Alliance Cemetery, Alliance, AB.
Lunch and fellowship was held at the Rec Centre which was prepared and served by the Brownfield U.C.W. and community.
Memorial donations may be made in Gordie’s honour to a charity of the donor’s choice. You may send your condolences by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Heather Caseley of Coronation Funeral Home entrusted with the funeral arrangements. 1-888-578-2928. “Knowledge, Experience And Professionalism With A Personal Touch”.