Helped establish Pro Rodeo in Hanna
Kenneth William Wells
December 9, 1930 – June 13, 2015
It is with great sadness that we say good bye to a beloved husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle and great friend, Kenneth William Wells, who passed away after a short illness in the Red Deer Regional Hospital surrounded by his family.
Ken, was born in his grandparents’ house near Kitscoty, Ab. and moved with his parents and siblings to the Hanna area in 1935, where he grew up on the farm and ranch. He still lived in Hanna upon his passing.
Ken was an avid outdoorsman, sportsman and very active in community life as well as the rodeo world. He was a man of many skills, varied interests and pursued many occupations.
At various points in his life he was a rancher and farmer, first class gasfitter, sheetmetal worker/welder, conservation and reclamation inspector and disaster services worker.
He belonged to and volunteered with many different organizations. For example he was with the Elks for over 60 years. He served as a volunteer fireman in Hanna and later on became a member of the local Historical Society.
In his youth he even joined the Ancient and Honourable Order of Turtles.
Ken helped to establish the Hanna Rodeo as a Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) event and was president of Hanna Pro Rodeo Association for over 20 years. Even after turning over responsibility to the younger ones he still remained involved. One of his most prized possessions was the beautiful belt buckle presented for those years of service.
Ken also received an award from the CPRA as chairperson in 1999, with another buckle that he wore with great pride and was an honourary member of the CPRA for life.
Later on, Ken also served for 10 years as a director of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame located in Ponoka.
Ken a very caring and loving person until the last, expressing the greatest concern for his family. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marjorie and his three children, Debbie (Jim Nester), Kim (Patti), Pat (Sharon); six grandchildren, Metro, Kenneth, Kerry, T.J. (Tasha), Christopher and Cameron; and two great grandchildren, Danielle and Kiefer; as well as his sister Evelyn and last but not least, his dog, Dixie.
He was predeceased by his brother Daniel.
The family would like to express their special thanks to the wonderful staff of Palliative Care at the Red Deer Regional Hospital who took care of all of us in those final difficult days.
In lieu of flowers please send memorial donations made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the CPRA.