Charles Delos (Dee)
Charles Delos (Dee) Ness was born at Erskine, Alberta on August 4, 1928. He was the youngest child of Martha (Ethel) and Paul Ness.
Dee grew up on the family homestead where the Ness family had a farm and coal mines on the banks of the Red Deer River. He attended Union Hall School walking or riding a horse five miles there and back each day.
Dee met Mabel, his loving partner in life in 1945. They lived in the Nevis area for a couple of years, then on to B.C. where Dee worked in the logging industry. After several years they moved back to Nevis where he had a business cutting and treating fence posts. From there they moved to Content Bridge spending the next several years managing the campground. Dee and Mabel eventually retired to Nevis but Dee still kept busy breaking horses and raising calves. He was a free spirited cowboy who loved the outdoors and had a passion for fishing and especially hunting. Dee and Mabel really enjoyed their music and would get together with friends and relatives whenever possible to share their talents. Mabel played the violin and harmonica and Dee played guitar and sang. They left many of us with the sweet memories of those times.
Dee left this world on March 25, 2016. He was predeceased by his wife Mabel Ness; parents Martha (Ethel) and Paul Ness; sister Helena Free; brothers: Paul (Earl), Donald, Rex, Francis and Leo (Pat) Ness, several stepchildren, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Dee is survived by and will be greatly missed by his sister Marjorie Barton; many nieces; nephews; grandchildren and their families.
Dee will be lovingly remembered for his joy of life, his ready laugh, hearty hugs, his teasing humor and his ability to make everyone feel special and at home. He is well loved by many.
A family graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Dee may be made to a charity of your choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0, 403-742-3422, who were entrusted with the care and arrangements. To send or view condolences to Dee’s family, please visit
Another leaf has fallen from the tree of yesteryear
Amid the golden masses, amid the many tears
Into the sunset the cowboy rides, into a welcoming
cheer Out of our sight, but never our hearts,
the cowboy disappears