Don was born August 13, 1949 in Cabri, Saskatchewan to Stanley and Katie Tuchscherer. He lived on their farm at Port Reeve, Saskatchewan along with his six brothers. He worked at Homes Meats in Swift Current, then moved to Calgary and worked at Century Packers, Rocky Mountain Packers (XL), and Canada Packers. On June 3, 1972 he married his wife Idella and in June 1975 they purchased Del and Lilly Davis’ farm in the Gadsby area. Don enjoyed playing fastball, slowpitch, curling and texas hold’em. Don farmed and worked part-time at Superior Meats-Stettler, Walker Meats-Stettler, Mirror Packers, Nibourg Meats-Stettler, Consort Packers, Kikel Meats-Bashaw, Kempf’s Sausage Kitchen-Botha as well as mobile butchering. Don and Idella co-owned and operated Stettler Meats from 1987-1996. Amazingly, Don survived three brain tumors – January 2010, October 2010 and November 2012 but was still very active and able to continue with his passion of going to garage sales, collecting Tonka toys, knives and steels. He also loved growing tomatoes in the green house, sitting in the garden watching the hummingbirds and going on his annual holiday to Las Vegas, Laughlin, Wendover and Jackpot. Don passed away suddenly from a collapsed and bleeding lung in the Foothills Hospital, Calgary on January 17, 2013. Don was predeceased by his mother and father Katie and Stanley Tuchscherer, two brothers John and Joe Tuchscherer (who just passed away January 9, 2013) and sister-in-law Bev Tuchscherer. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife, Idella of 41 years; four brothers Charlie (Carol) Medicine Hat, Roy (Merle) Medicine Hat, Harvey (Laurie) Swift Current, and Garnet (Brenda) Medicine Hat; four sisters-in-law Connie (Arnold) Smith – Huxley, Vivian Tuchscherer – Swift Current, Ila (Archie) Lunevich – Stettler, Betty (Stan) Ettinger – Gadsby; one brother-in-law John (Judy) Davis – Gadsby; his special niece Tricia Tuchscherer – Fort McMurray and his special cousin Pearl Shearer (Ken Blumhagen) – Red Deer, as well as many nieces and nephews and a host of wonderful friends.
We will all miss Don’s sense of humor and his good nature.
Don, may you always have the winning hand in heaven. (All in)
A funeral service for Don Tuchscherer was held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home, Stettler, Alberta with Father Leonard Gartner officiating. Words of remembrance were presented by Colin Connon, special readings were given by nephews Larry Timms (Tuchscherer) and Jeff Tuchscherer, niece Colleen Dollimont presented her gift of music singing Amazing Grace. Following the service family and friends gathered for a time of fellowship with luncheon by Colleen Ray. Don was laid to rest in the Omega Cemetery, Gadsby, Alberta, with Cecil Walgenbach, Darren Connon, Dale Derr, Herb Whitten, Daren Schwieger, Keith Lunevich, Brent Tuchscherer and Kevin Tuchscherer serving as active pallbearers; Kay and Vern Hansen, Fay and Bob Fyten, Joanne and Dewey Hoopfer, Carol and Don Gillespie, Star and Robert Desilets, Dale and Eldon Van Straten and all his many friends were honorary pallbearers. Memorial donations in memory of Don may be made to Alberta Brain Injury Network, Gadsby Omega Cemetery or a charity of the donor’s choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, 403-742-3422. To send condolences to Don’s family please visit www.stettlerfuneralhome.com