Olesen, Gordon Robert

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Gordon Olesen PaperOctober 29, 1948 ~ March 21, 2013
Gordon was born October 29, 1948 to Peter and Marjorie Olesen in Wainwright. He was the third child in his family with his older siblings, Jean and Alvin and younger sister, Karen. Gordon attended school in Chauvin until he started his career in the oilfield.
Gordon and Sanna were married and began their life together in Coronation. They had two children, Leanne and Kevin. Gordon worked in the oilfield for most of his working life but was quick to help run a combine or drive truck for a friend when it was harvest time. Gordon enjoyed small town life, whether it be helping out a neighbour or having a long visit with a good friend.
Gordon had many hobbies and interests. He enjoyed flying his airplane whenever possible and, more recently, loved riding his Harley. One of his favourite trips was a cross-country trek to visit Kevin and Ana in Ottawa. He also loved to just ride around Alberta, with no set destination in place with his good friend Glen Schopfer. He often ended up in Stavely to see his grandkids and play with the dogs. Gordon loved the open road and the beautiful scenery that his bike rides brought him.
Gordon was happiest when he was surrounded by his family and friends. He loved it when all of us were out ice-fishing and all of the escapades and fish-stories that occurred out at the pond. Gordon was proud of his grandchildren Ella and Hannah. He loved watching them grow up, hearing their stories and especially their hugs and kisses. He was a loving husband and father and we will forever miss him.
Gordon is survived by his wife Sanna, his daughter Leanne (James), grandchildren Ella and Hannah and son Kevin (Ana).  His siblings  Alvin (Maureen) Olesen and Karen (Don) Pegg.  In-laws Brian (Jean) Merchant, Arnold Merchant; Ken (Linda) Merchant, Archie (Wanda) Merchant and Wanda (Tim) Bullick. Gordon is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews as well as many dear friends. Gordon was predeceased by his parents, sister Jean, brother-in-law, Marshall, nephews Terrence, Bill and Leonard and Sanna’s parents, Eileen and Les Merchant.
A memorial luncheon was held at the Lions Rec Centre on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Coronation Hospital Foundation, Mail Bag 500, Coronation, AB, T0C 1C0 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be sent to corofuneralhome@xplornet.com
Heather Caseley of Coronation Funeral Home was entrusted with funeral arrangements. Ph. 403-578-2928 “Knowledge, Experience And Professionalism With A Personal Touch”

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