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Hunley, Donald Allen
July 17, 1942 - October 20, 2017
Service:Friday, October 27, 2017
2:00 pm

A Celebration of Don’s life will be held at the Memorial Presbyterian Church on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM.
 

Obituary

Hunley, Donald Allen
1942 - 2017

Donald Allen Hunley passed away on October 20, 2017. His heart stopped and he was set free from the dark prison of his mind. Although our hearts are cracked with grief, we are relieved that he will be free to revisit better days. He will live long in the memories of the center of his universe, Donna and his children; Tammy, Tony, Tracy, Tabatha, Tonya and Teanna; their spouses; Wayne, Carrie, Wes, Steve, Mark and Taro. And we will share the things he taught us, his love of nature and his unwavering love of us, with his grandchildren; Kalyn, Taite, Tristan, Rijel, Tanner, Teagan, Taryn, Taisei, Maiya, Sam, Nolan and Vaila Jade. He was also loved by his daughter by choice, Kanako and her family.

Donald was the youngest son of Art & Mina Hunley, who both predeceased him, as well as an older brother, Bob and Sister, Joyce. He will be remembered as a fun loving participant of many family gatherings by special brother and sisters- in- laws: Alf, Shirley, Kathy & Morley as well as numerous nieces and nephews. As a lifelong resident of Rocky, he has also left memories with too many friends to mention.
As a youngster, Dad spent all of his time outdoors, hunting and fishing. His early days of school were only remarkable by the transportation mode of attendance, a sleigh ride courtesy of his dog and later his horse, Silver. Dad was also a talented athlete, playing all school sports, excelling in baseball, basketball and boxing. This is likely where he caught the eye of the pretty young girl who eventually became his bride. It was an early and tenacious love that carried them through life. Even now, school friends comment on that romance that started so long ago. They were married in February 1962. All of their children were born in Rocky and Eckville over the next 17 years.
Dad worked in the oil patch until he was badly injured in a workplace accident in 1970. This would change the course of his life as he suffered a brain injury. Unable to return to work, Dad took up farming. He loved the family nature of the business. Haying season was looked forward to as a time to work side by side with his dad, wife and children. During calving season, he and mom would take turns going out to the barn to check on the cows, all of which he had named.
Although Dad was convinced that he lived in the best place in the world, he could be persuaded to travel with his family. They took many trips to the corners of the world, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico, the states and a memorable family trip to Cuba.
In 2010, suffering the lingering effects of his brain injury, Dad became too ill to live at home. We all felt very fortunate to find space for him at the Clearwater Centre. It was the best possible solution. We were grateful for the opportunity to stop for coffee on the way to work, and to be able to pick Dad up for all family gatherings.

A Celebration of Don’s life will be held at the Memorial Presbyterian Church on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM. Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House.

In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations to the Good Sam’s Clearwater Centre or the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626

Condolences

Wayne & Marilyn Downey and Family:
Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Wayne, Marilyn, Deena, Dean, and Darel.
George & Heather Loomer:
Donna and family,
We were sorry to hear of Don's passing. You will be blessed to have family and friends at this time as they are very important. Cherish the good memories!
Donna, Tammy Tony, Tracey, Tabitha, Tonya & Teana & Families:
Sending you all my condolences and love. I have many great memories with Don and your family. My heart is sad for you but I know you feel comfort in his new place of freedom.
God Bless - With Love Kim & Dan
Marina Coldwell :
I am so sorry of your loss , Tony Huntley & family .
My heart goes out to you and you family for you love and support for you Dad . He will be at a safe , restful place thanks to all your love and support .
You all are angels !
Norman and Veva Rose:
To Tammy, and the Hunley family
We are sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He will be missed, but good memories will be there.

Mary:
So saden to hear of your loss.have you in my thoughts n prayers!
Maxine Gibson:
Dear Donna -- Tammy, Tony, Tracy, Tabatha, Tonya and Teanna and families. I was saddened to hear of your husband and father's passing. May he rest in a better place. All my love and prayers are with you in this time of sadness, may your memories and love take you thru the next few day and months ahead. God Bless you all. I am very sorry that I will not be able to be there with you all to give you the hugs that help us all in times such as these. You are in my thoughts everyday. Maxine
Karen & Darcey Knoblich:
Donna, Tammy, Tracy and all the Hunley family,

We understand what a difficult time this is for all of you. May the many memories bring comfort in these days. Thoughts, prayers and hugs for you all!
Jacquie Harty and Joe Al:
Sorry to hear about Don. The last few years must have been challenging . Donna I still remember you and Don driving up to our acreage and stopping to help me repair the fence across from the old Brierly place after our horses had made a break for it. My deepest sympathies for your loss.
Ken Stenberg :
Sorry for your loss !! Thinking of you !!
Sandra Kay:
Donna, Tammy and all the family - Sending my condolences , thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Memories are precious - hold on to them.
I am away so will not be able to attend the service but will be thinking of you .
Darleen Miller-MacKenzie (Greenwood):
Donna Our deepest sympathy to You and All of Your Family in Dons passing.Dons and my life go back a long way since he was born July 17 and I was born July 23 our Moms shared the same ward in the hospital,the nurses called him "little Henry"as apparentley his feet were so much bigger than mine.Through our growing up years our familys shared many Sunday dinners at each others places.When I started attending Rocky school Don was in my same grade.I often think back of the good times we shared when you and I shared the basement suite at Cablicks until you and Don were married at which time I then moved in with You and Don above the Lux theatre.Such good memories we have and the great memories you and your wonderful family are left with"Your high school romance never ended".
We are sorry we will not be able to attend Dons celebration of Life as we live in West Kelowna,BC but our Love and thoughts are with all of you. Hugs Darleen & Bill
Loraine (Bowhay) Liang. :
Donald was a special cousin to me. I still remember when I lived with the family, what a tease he was. I was teaching my first year in RMH> and Don was in high school, dating Donna. He had been on the roof, of the yellow house, and as I exited or entered, he threw a shovel of snow down on me. Later, I knew he was getting ready to go see his love, so I snuck out of the house, and climbed up on the roof, to get my revenge. The snow missed him. He then grabbed the ladder and took it down. Laughing like everything, he jumped in the car and away he went, leaving me on the roof, yelling "AUNT MINA!!!!!" Many times I reminded him of that as our lives connected over the years. He would get the same twinkle in his eye and grin from ear to ear.

Oh, family... Donna, and kids, and kids spouses, and grandchildren. May many good memories help support you through the days ahead. Caring very much.


Nonie Morrish :
So saddened by your news. I wish all of you well while you navigate the next steps in grief and saying good bye. Much love, Nonie
Gail Woodrow (Jamieson):
Donna
So sorry to hear of Don's passing. I remember him well and the romance that started in High School, it was one of those meant to be romances and endured for the last 55 years!
I know he will be missed by all!
Sincere Sympathy to you and all your family Donna
Gail
David and Joy Connelly:
Tracey and Family
We extend our condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. We pray you are comforted at this time of loss.
Brent Allen:
Condolences. Take care
Wendy Raeside:
Uncle Donald was often on my mind. I had just been thinking of him when Dad called to give me the news. Many memories flood my mind of him, his coming in from the bunkhouse to the well house (where Grampa and Gramma were living after the house burned down) and giving us whisker rubs and tickles as James and I hid under the blankets, riding with him on Silver, tobogganing, him skiing by being pulled behind the car, His love of fishing and hunting and his wife and children and grandchildren, the prom that he and Aunt Donna were in, his laugh, I can hear him say ``Oh Boy`` ......just to name a few. I know he is now home and at peace. My thoughts and prayers to all of you at this time. Sorry I will not be there to celebrate his life with you but hopefully I will get to see you the end of November. Love to all Wendy
Rick and Lani:
Tracy, Wes and Donna and all the Family , we are so sad to hear of your dads passing, he was such a great guy and will always be remembered in our minds for many reasons but especially for the days in SAR and the "Day old Donuts " he brought to coffee breaks at Foothills. They were very much appreciated but we always bugged the heck out of him about not spending some of his mouldy money and getting fresh donuts instead, we really enjoyed his many visits at coffee time. He will be sadly missed by all of us but is in a better place now, our thoughts are with you all, sorry we will be unable to make the service because we are on vacation in Germany.

Rick & Lani Morrish
Jackie and Wyatt Janes:
Our deepest condolences to your whole family. We pray that you find peace and comfort in beautiful memories.
Gordon Morrish:
Hey guys. So much of my childhood was intertwined with all of you its impossible to think of my early years without thinking of you. I always looked forward to family visits, holiday events, haying season (where I was probably more help out of the way op on top of a full hay wagon) and the ever consistent razzing from uncle Don. Know my heart is with you all as I too remember and celebrate a man I will unequivocally and forever remember as my favorite uncle.

Love Gordon
Donna MacGillivray:
So sorry to the family for your loss
My he rest in peace!!
Arlene (Bowhay) Miller:
Besides being a cousin of Don's, I had the pleasure of being a classmate of Donna's from grade seven through twelve. I have the old yearbooks from those days, and I just finished looking at their pictures - both of them were very athletic and on all the school teams. I remember when they first became an "item", and watching them walking, holding hands. on our lunch hour. A high school romance that never faded!
Max Andrews:
I'm so sorry Tracy! I remember your dad! His children are such gracious people that his legacy will live on in them! You are one of the nicest people I know!

My love and prayers are with you and Wes, Tracy!!!

Max
:
Tracy & Wes
So sorry to hear of the loss of your father, always remember the joy, smiles and laughter you shared with a great man. All these loving and fond memories will help to carry you forward and through the days ahead.
Thinking of you all at this time.... Hugs....
Don & Donna Carswell
Shelli Orava:
Sending you all my deepest condolences. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my heart and thoughts.

Much love,
Shelli
Reg and Karen Beck:
It's with our deepest sympathy to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
Sherry Hunley:
So very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.
Harry and Sylvia:
Thinking of all of you... sorry for your loss..
Treasure all the happy memories
Len Girard:
It is with a heavy heart that I hear this news. I had so much respect for your father as he taught me a lot about the territory and the history of the area. I have always cherished the time I spent with the family quading in the foothills. My sincere condolences to the entire family.
Tom & Rena Stewart:
To all of the Hunley family

So sorry to hear about the Loss of your Husband,Father and Grandfather Don and I often chatted out in the field during haying season at the Historcal Park or on the back roads he was always a positive person even when the weather wasn't co-operative enjoy all your memorys of him.
Jody Crocker:
So sorry for your loss but happy that Don is in a better place. I will always think back to his love of music and how he always had a smile for me and a kind word every time I saw him. I enjoyed the many talks we had and will always remember Don with a smile. He will be remembered as a great father and husband but for me I will always remember him as my friend.
Aly Visser :
Our condolences to everyone!!
Susan Gee and family:
Dear family,

We are sadden by the loss of your father, thanks for sharing your father's life story with us.
Thinking about you and your family. He will be missed but he will always be remembered.

Susan, Frank, Taylor and Jared
Jack MacGregor:
Sorry to hear about your Dad. I’m sure he will be missed
Bev and Marc Spencer :
Our condolences to Donna and her siblings.
Karen Froehler (Bolton):
Thinking of all of you at this time of great loss. May your memories help to comfort you.
Anne-Marie Bertagnolli:
Oh Tracy,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. I know the last few years have been very difficult but I also know you loved him very much. I hope the loving memories you hold in your heart will see you and your wonderful family through the time ahead.

Much love and many prayers
Annie
xxx

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