1931 - 2019
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Leroy “Johnny” Michael Church on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the age of 87 years.
The Funeral Service was held at Southland Funeral Chapel, 5006 - 48 Avenue, Taber on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. A private burial followed at the Taber Memorial Garden.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife Lorraine; children Michael (Sheri) Church of Bonnyville, Joan (Denis) Odland of Vauxhall, Nola (Kevin) Milos of Lethbridge, Rosemary (Hank) Robinson of Taber, Richard (Josey) Church of Hays and Dawn (Donald) Cameron of Vauxhall; fifteen grandchildren and twenty eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Irene Feist as well as numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, too numerous to mention.
He was predeceased by his parents Lazarus and Mary Church; brother Royce Church and father-in-law Phillip Feist.
Leroy was born in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan on September 21, 1931. He moved to Hays in 1959 to start farming, which is where he met his lifelong companion Lorraine Feist. Together they spent the next fifty eight years building a life that was dedicated to raising their family. Leroy was proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. There was never a moment or get together where he didn’t show them how proud he was of them and how much he loved them. His family was the light of his life. A few of his other passions were his farm, fishing, hunting, camping and Stampede Wrestling. Leroy was a simple man but made an impact on all those who knew him.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Leroy’s memory may be made directly to the Alzheimer’s Society, 40, 1202 - 2 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 0E3 www.alzheimer.ca.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at Linden View for the care given to Leroy.