Ivan DAWSON

DAWSON – Ivan was born Jan. 4, 1918 at Wasel, AB on a farm along the North Saskatchewan River by the Shandro Ferry Crossing. He attended school at Bavilla, AB. As a young man, Ivan went to Edmonton, AB and obtained his first employment with Steele Briggs Seed Co. In 1940, he went to work as the dry goods manager in a general store in Bluffton, AB. This was the beginning of his career in the retail trade and management. And it was there Ivan met Hazel Jensen and in 1944 they were married. In 1953, Ivan and Hazel, along with their son Larry, who had recently started school, moved to Stettler, AB where Ivan managed the Co-op store for over 13 years and Robinson Little Store for 15 years. In 1983, at the age of 65, it was time for Ivan to retire and for him to pursue some of his other interests and to do some travelling. Ivan and Hazel were very fortunate and were able to travel to, and to see, many parts of the world, including Asia, Australia/New Zealand, the British Isles, continental Europe, the Scandinavian countries, Africa and the Middle East and Mexico. They also “snowbirded” for 16 winters in Mesa, AZ. Ivan’s hobbies included gardening, hunting and fishing and lapidary work. He especially enjoyed collecting and mounting Indian arrowheads and artifacts. Ivan is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Hazel, son Larry (Barbara) of Stettler; granddaughters Krista (Casey) of Airdrie, AB and Teresa (Dennis) of Kelowna, B.C.; brother Bill (Fern) Dawson of Camrose, AB and sisters Pearl (Syd) Phillips of Edmonton and Lee (Larry) Rombough of Edmonton. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Annie Doshewnek of St. Paul, AB, Anna Doshewnek of Smoky Lake, AB, Lydia Dawson of Edmonton, Dorothy Jensen of Ponoka, AB and Marion (Gus) Olsten of Vancouver. B.C. and brother-in-law Hubert (Ann) Jensen of Kelowna; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ivan is predeceased by his parents Frozina and Gregory (Harry) Doshewnek, brothers Mike Doshewnek, George Doshewnek and Nick Dawson, sisters-in-law Eva Doshewnek, Evelyn (Jim) Thatcher, Lucille (Don) Ross and Emelie (Tony) Thomas and brothers-in-law Rodney Jensen and Lorenz (Ethel) Jensen. Funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 in St. Peter Lutheran Church, Stettler, Alberta with Pastor Karl Faltin officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Purple Cross Fund (Ivan was a lifetime member of the Stettler Elks), Stettler St. Peter Lutheran Church Building Fund or a charity of donor’s choice, c/o Stettler Funeral Home. Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.


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