Kenneth Albert Rairdan passed away at the Stettler Health Care Centre on December 21, 2015 at the age of 93 years. He was the eldest living child, born to Isabelle and Albert Rairdan on October 11, 1922. Ken was born, raised in the Liberal District, near Stettler and attended Liberal School for grades one to nine. He met the love of his life Henrietta Smith from Wimborne, Alberta when she came to work at the Stettler Hospital. They were married on June 6, 1945 and lived and worked on the farm for many years. A son Bruce came to them in 1948 and a daughter Brenda in 1953. Ken and Etta retired into Stettler in 1980 where they enjoyed many years in their home in Grandview. Many friends, family, card games and visits were enjoyed there. Sadly his beloved Etta passed away on September 29, 2007; his house was sold and he moved to Willow Creek Lodge, where he resided for several years and also met his special friend Kathy Webster.
After a lengthy stay in hospital, Ken was moved to Points West Living where he resided until shortly before his passing.
Ken is survived by his loving daughter Brenda and her husband Gordon Smith; grandchildren: Stacey (Darren Guynup), Jeffrey Smith (Angela) and Jeremey Smith (Andrea); great grandchildren: Cole Guynup (Marissa), Victoria Guynup, Clayton (Melanie), Wade and Colton Smith; brother Ron Rairdan; sister Helen (Glen) Munro; sisters in law: Norma M. Rairdan, Norma L. Rairdan, Kelly Rairdan, Ida Smith and Dorothy Smith; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of wonderful friends. Ken was predeceased by his brothers: Larry, Ross (Bud), Murray, Jerry; his sisters: twin baby girls at birth and Eileen Krejci; sisters in law Sandy Rairdan and Eileen Rairdan; brother in law Ken Bauman; son Bruce and nephew Scott.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Heartland Chapel of Stettler Funeral Home with Rev. Ross Helgeton officiating. Grandson Jeremey and his wife Andrea gave a loving tribute; as well as a pictorial tribute was prepared by his family. Ken’s grandchildren and their spouses were the pallbearers as Ken, along with his son Bruce Rairdan, was laid to rest at Liberal Cemetery, beside their beloved Etta. Family and friends gathered in the Heartland Reception Centre for a time of fellowship and a luncheon prepared and served by Brenda’s Catering.
Memorial donations may be made to the Stettler Food Bank or a local church of your own choosing c/o Stettler Funeral Home, Box 1780, Stettler, AB, T0C 2L0. Sympathies may be forwarded to the family by signing the guestbook at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com.
STETTLER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM,
403-742-3422, entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements.