Loved baseball, fishing and farming
January 13, 1929 – July 24, 2015
Harold Wilbert Anhorn passed away on Friday, July 24, 2015, at the age of 86 years in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Julie; brothers, Garry and Harvey; sister, Marjorie Seitz and granddaughter, Kara Melgaard and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dad will always be remembered for his sense of humour, practical jokes and creativity on the farm. Harold was predeceased by his parents, Jacob and Rosie; his daughter, Iona Melgaard; sisters, Violet Bonney and Laura Krause; his brothers, Richard and Vern; special friend, Gladys and his dog Boots.
Harold was born on January 13, 1929 to Jacob and Rosie Anhorn at Hilda, Alberta. He had various jobs as a young man including a lumberjack and ranch hand at the Jacobson Ranch.
Harold met and married Violet Gill with whom he had two children, Iona and Julie. The family first farmed at Benton, Alberta and in 1965 bought the farm at Oyen where he farmed for over 30 years. Harold then moved to Coronation, Alberta and later to Hanna, Alberta where he reunited with Gladys some 50 years after meeting her and was with her until her passing.
Harold then moved to Medicine Hat where he resided until his passing.
Dad had a passion for animals and once rescued some goslings that were still alive in the nest after the mother duck passed away. Dad could never be a hunter as he couldn’t look into the animal’s eyes through the sight of the gun.
It was in Coronation that Dad developed a passion for horses, donkeys and building buggies. He also built a covered wagon which he used on several organized wagon treks. Many times he and his team of horses, along with a buggy he built were hired for weddings.
Dad had a great sense of humour and was very creative. Dad was very mechanically inclined and while on the farm in Oyen he built a garden tractor that had two transmissions and it was able to pull at 1030 Case tractor around the yard.
Dad loved farming and even after he sold the farm would look at the equipment in the fields when travelling.
He loved baseball and at the age of 17 played for the Hilda baseball team for several years. Dad also loved fishing and spent many hours with a rod and reel. Dad had a great deal of patience when it came to doing the things he loved.
A celebration of life will be held at Creekside Reception Center, (Whiskey Creek) 937 13th Street SW on Sat., August 8, from 2 – 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: firstname.lastname@example.org heading: Harold Anhorn, or you may visit www.pattisonfuneralhome.com and leave a message of condolence.
Arrangements are by the Pattison Funeral Home and Crematorium, 540 South Railway St. SE, Medicine Hat T1A 2V6. Please call 1-866-526-2214 for further information.