Roderick (Rod) Quaschnick, 73 of Hanna, Ab., passed away with family by his side at the Peter Lougheed Medical Center on Feb. 8, 2018.
Rod was born April 18, 1944 in Hanna, Ab., the eldest son to the late Ted and Toni Quaschnick.
June 25, 1966, Rod married Vivian Fortna and together they raised three children, Shannon, Jason and Ryan.
Rod was a man of many talents and was always willing to help others. He grew up farming with his father and brothers.
Being a farm boy, he was a self-taught tradesman and always took great pride in any job he did, big or small. He loved nothing more than a challenge.
When Rod wasn’t farming, he worked at many jobs in the winters, he was a forklift operator, dozer, loader and backhoe operator, gravel trucker, and cattle hauler. He could fix or rebuild just about anything he set his mind to, motorcycles being his passion.
Rod’s hobbies over the years included woodworking, he loved to build life-like model toys, camp in the bow slough with his boys, play crib against Carrie, and tinker on anything with a motor.
He was also an avid archer, ball player and curler in his younger years.
His favourite past time was going for trips on his motorcycle. If the weather was good, you knew you could see him blasting by on the Harley and heading out for a ride. He passed on his motorcycle bug to all his children and grand-children. He loved nothing more than to go for a ride with any or all of them.
He became a grandfather for the first time in 1993. He was so excited about it and spent a lot of time with all his grandchildren.
They all fondly called him “Pa” which was shortened from Papa.
Rod also became a great grandfather in 2015 for the first time to Meredith and then again in 2017 to Calvin.
Rod will be greatly missed by his loving wife Vivian of 51 years, daughter, Shannon (Blake) Gross, and sons, Jason (Carrie) and Ryan (Crystal). Also grandchildren Cody (Alyssa) Gross, Kyle Gross, Jaxon Quaschnick and Ava Quaschnick and great grandchildren Meredith and Calvin Gross.
Also left to mourn are his brother Merle (Linda) Quaschnick, brother-in-laws Ed (Jean) Fortna, Doug (Ruth) Fortna, sister-in-law Marjorie (Doug) McKay and numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Rod was predeceased by his infant son, Father Ted, Mother Toni and Brother Wesley.
The Celebration of Rod’s life was held Feb. 24, 2018 at the Hanna Royal Canadian Legion.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: STARS Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7.
Card of Thanks
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the Peter Lougheed Medical Center and the STARS flight crew for their excellent care of Rod and the compassion they showed our family.
We would also like to thank everyone for all the cards, flowers and food. Your kind words have helped us through this difficult time and we truly appreciate them.
Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.hannafuneral.ca. Arrangements in care of Hanna Funeral Services Ltd., Hanna, AB, 403-854-5956.