Filipenko, Dennis James

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Dennis James Filipenko was born April 14, 1931 at Coronation, Alta, and passed away Mon. Oct. 26, 2020 at the age of 89 years. 

Born to Nick and Alice Filipenko, he was the second oldest of four children.

Dennis was raised on the farm south of Fleet.

On June 15, 1956 he married the love of his life Betty Lou Slemp and raised three daughters, Laurie, Shelly and Michelle in Fleet.

In their early years of marriage, they spent time in Crescent Spur and McBride, B.C., logging and doing road construction of the new Highway 16.  

Other family and community members joined them in these endeavours.

In the fall of 1962, the families and equipment returned from B.C. to start the Nick Filipenko & Sons Construction Company and Redi-Mix business in Fleet.  

They purchased two single-axle trucks and poured the foundation for the new hospital in Castor.

In 1964, the business was moved to Castor and they bought the auction mart building and moved it across the road to where it now stands.  

The business became Filipenko Bros. Construction, which he operated with his brother Larry for many years and later with his son-in-law, Philip Pals.  

He was still at work every day until the age of 86 when health problems forced him into retirement.

Dennis served on the recreation board for many years and was awarded a lifetime arena pass for his dedication.

In 1995, Dennis and Betty built a new house in Castor where he resided until his passing.  

He served as a town councillor, a member of the Hall Board, the Hospital Board and the Ag. Society.

Dennis was an avid sports enthusiast.  

He coached girls ball, coached and played hockey and played Senior Slow-pitch ball.  

Many years were spent travelling to Apache Junction, Ariz. to play ball, with a stop in Las Vegas to attend the World of Concrete Convention.

Dennis will be lovingly remembered and missed by his family and many friends.  

Dennis is survived by his daughters: Laurie (Norman) Pals, Shelly (Philip) Pals and Michelle (Gord) Breum; and granddaughters:  Janelle (Blake), Andrea (Drew), Stacy (Anthony), Jill (Jordan), Emily (Michael) and Tess.

He is also survived by great-grandchildren: Taylor, Toni, Kyren, Dane, Zach, Will, Aislyn, Bethany, Aaliyah, Kaylee and Hudson.

Also surviving is Dennis’ sister, Janet Booth.

He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Betty; parents Nick and Alice; infant sister Grace; brother Larry and grandson Tyler.

Memorial donations may be made to Castor Minor Sports Box 429 Castor, Alta. T0C 0X0 or Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation, Mail Bag 500 Castor, Alta. T0C0X0 or a charity of your choice.

Funeral services were held on Sun., Nov. 1, 2020 in Knox United Church, Castor, Alta. with Reverend Barbara Zimmerman officiating. 

The interment followed in the Castor Cemetery where Dennis was laid to rest beside his beloved wife Betty. 

Parkview Funeral Chapels were entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.  For further information please call 403-882-3141.

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