It is with great sadness that the family of Ivan Wayne Storek regretfully announces his sudden passing at home on November 27, 2013, following a courageous two year battle with cancer. Ivan was comforted in his passing by the presence of his loving wife, Sandra, with faithful companions, Farley and Meesha, also at his side. He had recently celebrated his fifty-seventh birthday with family and friends prior to his passing.

Ivan (Pogie) was born November 08, 1956, in Stettler, Alberta and lived there until 1971 when his family moved to Botha. He attended school in Stettler and went on to apprentice as a welder, obtaining his journeyman’s ticket in 1979. He became a member of the Pipefitters Union, later becoming a consultant for Enbridge Resources. Throughout his career, Ivan travelled internationally and was highly recognized for his skills and expertise. Ivan had many work opportunities presented to him but chose to remain close to home, settling in Botha, Alberta. Ivan married Sandra (Sam) Scheerschmidt on December 17, 2005 in Stettler and she remained the love of his life until his passing. Together they shared a love of golf, camping and tending to their acreage and pets. Ivan enjoyed playing pool, racing his truck, listening to music and watching movies. His work as a quality assurance inspector for Enbridge took him to various locations around Alberta and he formed many valued friendships through this job. Time spent entertaining and visiting with family and friends, at home and around the campfire, were some of his most treasured moments. He had a special place in his heart for his and Sandra’s nieces, nephews and their families. Ivan was a very caring and humble man, with a great sense of humor that he never lost, even throughout his illness.

Ivan is survived by his loving family: wife Sandra Scheerschmidt-Storek of Botha; brother Bob (Diana) Storek and children Trish (Dan) and Lisa (Chris); sister Judy (Alan) Kromm and children Tammy, Terran (Tony) and Shane (Rachelle); sister Wendy (Kirk) Stewart and children Ashley (Regan), Katrina (Craig) and Danielle (Vaughn); father and mother-in-law Louie and Kay Scheerschmidt; sister-in-law Cathy Mailer and children Ryan (Sheri) and Marsha (Ryan); sister-in-law Donna Lutz and children Robert and Danny; brother-in-law Brian (Carol) Scheerschmidt and children Kayla, Sarah and Christian; other relatives and many dear friends. Ivan was predeceased by his parents Frank and Anna Storek, nephew Troy Storek-Berg, brother-in-law Rod Mailer, and niece Brittany Scheerschmidt-Lutz.

A service celebrating Ivan’s life was held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 in the Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Reverend Jan Richardson of Stettler United Church officiating. A loving tribute was given by Ivan’s brother in law Kirk Stewart and niece Ashley Stewart presented her gift of music singing Hallelujah. Scott and Donna Jackson, Gerd and Cindy Liebe, Randy and Marg Knutson and Doug and Judy Cook served as honorary pallbearers. Following the service family and friends joined together for a time of fellowship with a luncheon served by Shelly Grover. Donations in memory of Ivan Storek are gratefully accepted to S.T.A.R.S. or a charity of choice c/o Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium, Box 1780, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0.

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