Laye, Walter

Written by ECA Review

Walter Laye 1922-2022

Walter Laye passed away at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre with his family by his side on Tues. April 12, 2022 at the age of 99 years and four months.

Walter was born on Nov. 26, 1922 on the farm at Walsh, Alta. to Gotthilf and Brigetta Laye. He attended Box Elder School.

While growing up, he worked for Tom Hargrave and Ross Haighe. Walter’s favourite pastime was hunting, including hunting coyotes with hounds.

Walter moved with his family to the Horseshoe District north of Monitor, Alta. in the spring of 1944.

He helped at home for a while and then went to work for Johnson’s Sawmill in the Porcupine Hills near Fort MacLeod, Alta.

He married Ruby May Deacon on Oct. 31, 1947 at Consort, Alta.

Walter started trucking in 1948 and competed in rodeos until 1950 when he quit and never went back.

He did general grain and cattle hauling, then went into hauling gravel which he continued doing for 36 years.

The family moved all over Alberta while stock piling gravel and paving highways.

Walter and Ruby moved to Lacombe. Alta. in 1972 and Walter retired due to poor health. Ruby passed away in March of 2000 but Walter continued to live in his own home with his best fur buddy, “Penny”.

He continued to enjoy his passion of hunting and fishing for as long as his health allowed.

Walter will be lovingly remembered by his children, Shirley (Jack) Nielsen, Linda (Harold) Peterson, Randy (Judy) Laye, and Debra Lynnette.
Also his grandchildren, Lonnie (Kirstin), Jason (Jennifer), Chad (Jolea), Natalie (Laina), Duke (Lacinda), and Tova (Jeff), and his great-grandchildren, Sierra, Eric, Amber, Ben, Marissa, Aveya, Cayson, Reece, Ryerson, Kiana, Oliver, Everly, Keenan and Eliza.

He will also be sadly missed by his brothers, Alex and Bill Laye, his sister-in-law, Vay Dumouchel, his special friends, Ron Seely and Carl Ganter; as well as many, many nieces and nephews.

Walter was predeceased by his wife Ruby, his siblings, Adelina, Edna (Rath), Annette (Wiest), and Albert, his grandsons, Joshua Laye and Shawn Nielsen, and a great-granddaughter, Eden Laye.

As per Walters request, no service will be held. Cremation entrusted to Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, Red Deer, Alta.

If desired, memorial donations in Walter’s honour may be made directly to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alta. T2E 8M7or at

Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed at Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.

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