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Whitesell, Charles Huston
June 13, 1929 - June 9, 2018
Service:Thursday, June 21, 2018
1:30 pm
Charlie’s Celebration of life at the Rocky Funeral Chapel on Thursday June 21, 2018 at 1:30 PM; refreshments will be served after the service at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #8.
Notice:  In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to your favorite charity in Charlie’s name or to Charlie’s favorite the Leslieville Elks Building Fund.

Obituary

Whitesell, Charles H.

Charles Huston Whitesell passed away peacefully at the Westview Lodge in Rocky Mountain House on the 9th of June, 2018.
Charles (Charlie) was born in Rimbey, Alberta on the 13th of June 1929 and spent all of his younger years on his parents’ farm east of Rimbey. Charlie attended Rimbey High School and graduated in 1947. He then attended Lakeland College and graduated from their agriculture program. Charlie remained a proud member of the Alumni Association until his passing. In March 1953 Charles married Audrey May Anderson. The happy couple lived and worked on the Whitesell family farm until 1955 when they purchased a house trailer and followed the oil drilling rigs until 1964. Charlie worked the rigs, becoming a “driller” all over Alberta, from Empress to Peace River and many locations in between. They moved to Rocky Mountain House in June of 1960. Charlie and Audrey instantly fell in love with Rocky. They felt almost immediately that they were “home”. Charlie continued to work the rigs until 1964 when he began working for Texaco in the Willesden Green field. They were in Rocky to stay. Charlie left Texaco to work for LJ Titford Trucking, then on to his final job working for Petro Canada at the Ferrier Gas Plant west of Rocky, until his retirement in 1990.
Charlie was a man of many interests and was very active in the community until his health began to fail in 2015. He loved history and politics and was very involved provincially and federally. Charlie was an avid hunter and fisherman; he loved working on his acreage at Ferrier and was active in that community. He was still taking distance learning courses in History and Quantum Physics. Other involvements included Rocky Minor Hockey and the Rocky Oilmen; he was a Legion member and a proud member of the Leslieville Elks. He supported numerous charities throughout his life.
Charlie and Audrey had three children Doug (Sharon), Gary (Debbie) all in Red Deer and Marianne (Glenn) McDougall at Rocky. Charlie had six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Charlie also leaves behind his special friend and companion Helen Morgan, two brothers John and Bob (Alice) and sister Ruby Sakofsky.
Charlie was predeceased by his wife Audrey, of 56 years, in 2009.
Anyone who wishes to share an experience or an anecdote will be welcome to participate at Charlie’s Celebration of life at the Rocky Funeral Chapel on Thursday June 21, 2018 at 1:30 PM; refreshments will be served after the service at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #8. Cremation entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to your favorite charity in Charlie’s name or to Charlie’s favorite the Leslieville Elks Building Fund.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements

Condolences

John Barrett:
So sad to hear of your loss. Doug, from this write-up and your over the fence stories, he appears to have been a wonderful and talented man. Sometimes we need to consider not what we lost, but what we had. Love to you and Sharon.
Joyce Jankiewicz:
Our sincere condolences to you both. You are in our thoughts! Walker sends a lick!
:
Love to you all. Favourite memory. When we
were all at Charlie and Audrey’s and the uncles and
Cousins rigged the pine tree in the field to blow
up and shock the rest of us!
Will miss you smile and laugh, Uncle Charlie.
Love Carolyn
Maureen Lewis:
Doug and family, Our condolences on the passing of your father. Sounds like Charlie had an interesting life. Enjoy the memories. Xx
Maureen and Jim.
Karen Driol:
My heart goes out to all of you as you adjust to life without Charlie. I loved going to visit Aunt Audrey and Uncle Chas at their beautiful home. I saw him as a gentle, intelligent, interesting, man that was a loving and attentive husband to my aunt. My Mom and Audrey would sit and visit, Charlie would entertain the rest of us.
Judilyn Riss:
My heartfelt condolences to Charlie’s family., I grew up in ferrier and Charlie was a friend to my late dad. He use to let me pick his raspberry bushes, and In Return looked forward to a jar of jam. Charlie was a kind soul and will be missed by many. Xo
Janie Laviolette:
I’m honoured and blessed to have known both Uncle Charles and Aunt Audrey. Living out on the coast our family visits were too few but I’ll never forget them. They were both such wonderful, gracious hosts, always made us feel so welcome. Lots and lots of great stories and laughter were shared at their beautiful farm.
Sending love and my deepest condolences to you all.

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