Rufus Allen Carl was born August 31, 1920 in Greenshields, AB, the only son to Lou and Arvilla Carl. He passed away on March 9, 2011 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Emma; daughter Marilyn (Keith) Cornish, son Vincent (Cheryl), and daughter Devona (Paul) Gibson. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Kimberly (Randy) DeLong, Shane (Colleen) Cornish, Charles Carl, Jesse Carl, and Michaela, Keighly and Taylor Gibson; and four great grandchildren: Megan and Brayden Cornish, and Kelly & Drew DeLong. He is also survived by his younger sister Tiny (Leatha) Cooper and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Lou and Arvilla, and Tiny’s twin sister Toots (Laura) Hesse Boe; and his first wife, Mary.
Rufus had the opportunity to enjoy many different activities in his 90 years. He had various different occupations in his lifetime, including farming and operating a lockerplant and grocery, all with his dad. He also ran a Record Bar, and worked at a garage, seed cleaning plant, the School Division in Wainwright, a Seniors’ Lodge in Stettler; and in his “retirement” he enjoyed his Rototilling Business.
Dad was also very handy and built many things including a boat (with which he spent countless hours hauling many kids around the lake), and four houses. He enjoyed many sports and coached Little League Baseball for several years. He enjoyed curling (playing and watching), hockey and the Toronto Blue Jays. He loved to read, from an early age, and Reader’s Digest condensed books were often seen beside his easy chair. Music was also important to Rufus and he enjoyed many different types of dancing. He played the violin from an early age, and also the trombone in the Wainwright Town Band.
Dad and Emma had the opportunity to travel extensively and enjoyed many camping excursions, trips abroad and cruises. Dad also was an active volunteer and was a charter member of the Kinsmen Club in Wainwright, and continued to be involved with the K-40 Clubs in Wainwright, Stettler and Camrose. He participated in many yearly K-40 bonspiels across the prairies. He also spent many hours driving other seniors to appointments in Edmonton.
In his retirement, he enjoyed daily coffee at Tim Horton’s and other local coffee shops. During coffee time, he could be found visiting with anyone, often striking up a conversation with strangers and sharing stories. He touched many lives and will be missed dearly.
A Celebration of Life has taken place at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 14, 2011 at Weber’s Mount Pleasant Chapel, Camrose, AB, with Pastor Brian Krushel. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment will take place at Wainwright Cemetery on a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of ones choice. Condolences may be made at
WEBER FUNERAL HOME