It is with sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of our brother, uncle and friend Orville Embree at Coronation on May 2, 2014 at the age of 89 years.
Orville will be lovingly remembered by his sister ‘Leola’ Muhlbeier and nieces and nephews Robert (Marilyn) Muhlbeier, Ken Muhlbeier, Wayne Muhlbeier, Judy (Larry) Pals, Fred Muhlbeier, Carol (John) MacNeil, Brenda Gebhardt, Dianne (Patrick) Page, Darcy (Tracy Quinlan) Muhlbeier, Kurt (Claudette) Swanson and Heather (Gord Gauthier) Swanson; fourteen great nieces and nephews and nine great-great nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father Charles in 1935, his mother Clara (Ellergodt), sister Ione Swanson, brothers-in-law Albert Swanson and Frank Muhlbeier, nephew-in-law Andy Gebhardt, great nephew Jarrett Gebhardt and brother Arthur Embree on April 26, 2014.
Orville was born in Castor on July 26, 1924, the first son and second child to Clara and Charles Embree. They resided south of Castor, moved to Coronation in 1926, and then to their present home in 1931.
Orville graduated from Coronation School and joined the Canadian Air Force. He trained in Prince Edward Island and became a Navigational Instructor at Gander, Newfoundland. Thankfully, the war ended before he was deployed.
Orville then went on to work at the Canadian Pacific Railway as a Messenger on the Kerrobert Line and the Crowsnest Pass Line. He then worked as a Night Foreman at the CPR Truck Terminal in Red Deer until his retirement. Orville was a shareholder at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club, trained the Juniors and golfed himself as much as possible.
Orville retired in Coronation, and further enjoyed golfing and goose hunting with Mike, his Labrador dog. Orville also loved to collect various items including golf cards from around the world, plates and many other special items.
Orville set up and managed several bluebird runs to help reintroduce bluebirds into east central Alberta and supported Ducks Unlimited with birdhouses for auction. He enjoyed making and doing puzzles, painted wood working of birdhouses and wooden characters on his scroll saw.
He enjoyed living in Coronation Long Term Care with Arthur since 2011. Here he kept busy with his penny puzzle and Sudoku.
A memorial service took place at the Trinity United Church on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Susan Hertell officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Elks Children’s Fund, Alberta Heart and Stroke Foundation, or to the charity of the donor’s choice in care of Coronation Funeral Home Box 358 Coronation, Alberta T0C 1C0 who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403.578.2928. Condolences can be forwarded to the family by visiting our website at www.coronationfuneralhome.ca.