Robert (Bob) HANKINS

Robert (Bob) HANKINS


Robert (Bob)

1925 – 2010

Mr. Bob Hankins formerly of the Botha area passed away Monday, September 27, 2010 in Dawson Creek, British Columbia at the age of 84 years with his loving wife Betty by his side. He was survived by his loving wife of 57 years Betty, his children Jim (Monica), Judy, Allan (Cheri) and six grandchildren Tabitha (Phil), Madeline (Marvin), Joel, Tyson, Adrianna and Alicia. Bob is also survived by his sister Iona Berg, many nieces, nephews other relatives and dear friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Clarence and Doug. Bob was born December 8, 1925 to Oscar and Louisa Hankins in Donalda, Alberta. He spent his childhood years along with his older sister Iona and younger brothers Clarence and Doug on the family farm. Bob was very industrious catching rabbits in a trapline on his was to school. When he was 11 he started going out to work with his Dad. At 14, Bob left home to go to work on neighbouring farms. He worked around a bit and then in 1944 he joined the armed forces until the end of the war. Bob married Betty Elliot in 1953 and together they farmed in Gadsby and Botha. In 1958 they moved to Arrowpark, BC to farm. Bob also then worked in the bush falling and skidding and running cat. In 1967, B.C. Hydro bought their farm for the High Arrow Dam. Bob and Betty and their three children Jim, Judy and Allan then moved to the Queen Charlotte Islands. They very much enjoyed the Queen Charlotte Islands and there was plenty of work for Bob driving fuel truck, gravel truck and running a skidder. They missed the farm life though, and in 1971 they moved to Edgewood, BC. Bob ranched and worked in the woods. He found a new hobby and that was chariot racing and raising and training his little ponies. In 1978, Bob and Betty moved to Burton, BC. Although Bob was supposed to be semi-retired he kept busy at various jobs and spent time helping out his friends and family. In 1992, Bob and Betty decided to move to Dawson Creek. Bob had spent time there hunting and liked the country and the people. Bob found a new interest building intricate wooden toys. The couple found that they loved ice fishing and together spent many happy days fishing and camping at lakes and parks in the area and all over British Columbia. Bob always enjoyed hunting and fishing not only to provide for his family but to get out into the outdoors. Bob was a man with many talents. Over his lifetime he ranched often administering remedies to his livestock. He logged, falling, skidding and running cat. His carpentry work was excellent and he built several barns, a duplex and did all the repairs to their homes. Bob never lost his interest in farming and continued to help his friend Stan at harvest time until Bob was 80 years old. Bob made friends easily and was generous with his time and knowledge. He loved to dance, play cards and spending time with family and friends. He had quite a sense of humour. We will all miss him very much. A memorial service will be held at the Botha Woodland Cemetery on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. with a reception and fellowship following in the Botha Community Hall. As an expression of sympathy and in loving memory of Bob, memorial contributions may be made to the Botha Woodland Cemetery in care of Brennen Funeral Home and Cremation Services P.O. Box 193 Stettler, Alberta TOC 2LO. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family at: 403.742.3315

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