Darryl Lloyd Raugust passed away Nov. 22, 2020 at the age of 69 years from head injuries he sustained in a tragic farming accident.
Darryl was a loving family man and respected leader in his church and community and will be missed by all who knew him.
He was well known in many different roles:
HUSBAND: Darryl was a faithful, loving partner to Harriet (Diemert). They were married in 1972 and with his marriage he inherited a loving extended family who he loved, served and cared for throughout his marriage.
FATHER: of Carla (Brad Leischner); Jeremy (Kari); Andrew; Saralyn (Jeff Stel)
Darryl invested heavily in his children and as the years went by family became even more important to him and he was proud of each one.
GRANDPA: was cherished by each of his grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Caleb, Abigail (Leischner); Micah, Josie, Brayden; Benson, Brock and Baden (Stel).
Darryl loved every moment he could spend with them cuddling, playing, cheering for them, spending time together in the tractor, combine or semi, camping, boating, day trips (swimming, trips to the mountains), holiday celebrations (Christmas, birthdays) and even going to Disneyland together.
Every memory was cherished and tucked away to enjoy again as he proudly shared them with others.
SON, BROTHER, UNCLE: Darryl was born Feb. 24, 1951 and is the oldest child of Herb (died in 1979) and Edna (died in 2014).
He was a brother to Bryan (Lori); Barry (Dawne); Kervin (Joan); Loretta (Bill Houtman); Darnelda (Geoff Volkman) and Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
SERVANT: Darryl’s faith in God formed his character-kindness, generosity, unconditional love and his commitment to serving his family, church, church camps, community and farming.
He was happiest when he was serving others. There was no such thing as an interruption –he viewed it as an opportunity to invest in your life.
Serving was important to Darryl here at home but also around the world.
He served with Men for Missions (Cuba, Ecuador and multiple trips to Haiti); Samaritan Foundation (Dominican Republic); Life Water (Haiti); World Partners (Africa) and Project Jesus for Children (Costa Rica, Nicaragua).
FARMER: Herb and Edna started farming in Delia in 1957. Darryl attended the Delia School, then graduated with his Agricultural/Mechanical degree at Olds College before joining his Dad on the farm.
When Dad Raugust passed away, Darryl assumed the leadership of Raugust Farms which included farming with his brothers, Bryan and Barry and as the years progressed son and-in-laws were mentored and welcomed into the farming partnership.
Darryl had high standards for himself and the farm. He worked hard and invested himself completely to make the farm successful.
Even at 69 years Darryl was not slowing down and we all had a hard time keeping up with him. He was a hard worker and always had one more thing to complete.
FRIEND: Darryl could be counted on to help a neighbour or a stranger in need, anytime of day or night.
No matter how busy he was, he always found time to reach out and help others solve a problem loving the challenge and often creating and inventing along the way.
Darryl was first to volunteer and last to leave –reluctant to leave things unfinished (church campouts, family re-unions, community Christmas programs).
He would support, encourage and never give up. Friend, acquaintance, or stranger were ALL worth his undivided attention.
Darryl tackled each new experience with joy and determination to succeed.
He loved the adventure and challenge of achieving his pilots license, driving his Gold Wing motorcycle through the U.S., water skiing, wakeboarding (even at 69), travelling, restoring old machinery, cars and trucks.
Darryl will be greatly missed by his loving wife Harriet, children, grandchildren, siblings and their families, large extended family, farming and church communities and the numerous friends and lives Darryl touched not only in Western Canada but also around the world.
Our hearts are broken but not without the hope of seeing him again in heaven.
Due to the recent Covid restrictions we cannot honour Darryl the way he deserves in a memorial service or graveside service. Please share your memories of Darryl with the family through this website.
For more information about Darryl’s drive through memorial on Dec. 13, 2020, please contact the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your choice of charity or the Delia Kid Sport Association by mail to Connie Blackmer, Box 102, Delia, Alta. T0J 0W0, STARS Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB T2E 8M7, Project Jesus for Children, www.projectjesusforchildren.com, Southern Alberta Bible Camp, Box 99 Lomond, Alta. T0L 1G0.
Hanna Funeral Services LTD.; entrusted with the care and arrangements; 403-854-5956. Condolences can be sent to the family to www.hannafuneral.ca.
Card of Thanks
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Thank you as well to everyone for the expert care given to Darryl-paramedics and firefighters, STARS and Foothills Hospital staff.