(Oct. 16, 1932 – May 5, 2011)
Harlen was born on Oct 16, 1932 in Stettler, the youngest of five sons born to Bill & Viola (Morgensen) Turville. He attended Pilot Knob and later graduated from high school in Stettler. Harlen was a farmer and businessman in the Stettler and Big Valley area his entire life. After retiring, he enjoyed time on Vancouver Island, fishing and spending time with friends at Crofton, Vancouver Island. Harlen leaves to mourn his loving family – wife Lois and children, Laura (Lee) Brown, Ann (Les) Muhlbach and Bill (Brenda) Turville. Harlen was especially proud of his seven grandchildren – Trish (Tim) Henderson, Jackie Brown, John (Megan) Muhlbach, Karen (David) Zimmerman, Rob (Alina) Turville, Rich (Natalie) Turville, Patrick Turville and his new great grandson Luke Henderson. He is also survived by brother Vernon (Eileen) Turville and brother-in-law Doug (Marilyn) Johnston and numerous nieces and nephews. Harlen was predeceased by his parents, brothers George, Morris (Beth) and Willard, and Lois’s parents Marjorie and Bill Johnston and her brother Robert Johnston. Rev Susan Bowyer, Erskine United Church, officiated the memorial service held on May 11th, 2011 at the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home, with Evelyn Strandquist as organist. The eulogy was given by Grant McKay and Harlen’s grandchildren gave a loving tribute to their Grandpa.
“Tribute to our Grandpa By Rich Turville May 9, 2011.”
Our Grandpa the fisherman, We sure will miss him. Lois and him raised a family on the rich Alberta land, With 3 wonderful kids; Laura, Ann & Bill their family did expand. Eventually seven grandchildren, (and a great grandchild!), that he thought the world of, As the feelings are mutual for grandpa we do love. When he spoke of us grandkids, grandpa sure was proud, He was never shy to tell us, and say it out loud. Quick with a joke, or a shot to the arm, Just to get a laugh with that old familiar charm. Traveling west to retire on the pond, Him and the ocean had an unmistakable bond.
Every so often us grandkids were fortunate enough to visit,
Incredible days fishing the ocean with grandpa, we sure will miss it.
Once in a while travelling east with a van full of prawn, Arriving at your doorstep for coffee, before the break of dawn.
A hard working farmer, but a family man at heart, In both of these roles he played the perfect part.
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Memorial donations may be made to the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, c/o Stettler Funeral Home, Box 1780, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0