LIEN, ELMER Ed­ward

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It is with pro­found sad­ness, but en­dur­ing ad­mi­ra­tion, lov­ing re­spect and grat­i­tude, that we share the loss of our beloved Hus­band, Fa­ther and “Big Papa”, Elmer Ed­ward Lien. Elmer passed away peace­fully, in his 93rd year, on Satur­day, June 2, 2012 with his wife and soul­mate Betty, and his fam­ily by his side. Elmer was born in moose Jaw on July 5,1919 to Carl and Olga Lien, spend­ing a happy child­hood in Crane Val­ley, where he at­tended marigold and Crane Val­ley Schools. He left coun­try life be­hind to join the Sec­ond world war ef­fort, serv­ing as an air Frame me­chanic with the royal Cana­dian air Force, in On­tario, Eng­land and then Burma. dur­ing his time in Eng­land, he met and mar­ried the love of his life, Betty mary Heath. She pre­ceded him to Canada as a war Bride, and they were re­united in early 1945, on his re­turn from ser­vice. Elmer and Betty set up house in moose Jaw, where they raised a fam­ily of three, two daugh­ters and a son. Early on, dad ap­pren­ticed in Car­pen­try, at­tend­ing school in Saska­toon, while mom worked at the Univer­sity Li­brary. dad worked for Bird Con­struc­tion in moose Jaw, Veter­ans’ Land act in regina, and fin­ished his ca­reer at 15 wing moose Jaw, in the Pre­ven­tive main­te­nance arm of the Con­struc­tion Engi­neer­ing de­part­ment. dad loved peo­ple, so his pro­found hear­ing loss in later years was for him a hard cross to bear. Over the years, he con­trib­uted many hours to sup­port­ing mom in her work with the Cana­dian red Cross, be­longed to aOTS at St. an­drew’s United Church, de­liv­ered meals on wheels and was a 60 year mem­ber of the royal Cana­dian Le­gion. dad was a gifted mu­si­cian, a tal­ented ar­ti­san in the medium of wood­work and an accomplished painter of oils. we en­joyed car­ols around the pi­ano at Christ­mas and mini-con­certs at fam­ily times. wher­ever he lived, his friends and neigh­bours en­joyed the gift of his mu­sic; and we in his fam­ily all have doll beds, nov­el­ties, bird houses and oil paint­ings which will be for­ever trea­sured. above all, dad was a fam­ily man. His love was a ground­ing force in our world. He was a staunch and un­tir­ing care­giver for mom as she bat­tled var­i­ous health con­cerns in their last ten years to­gether. Theirs was a great love. dad al­ways said, “we have had such a lovely ro­mance.” His chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren meant the world to him. He was a real gen­tle­man of the clas­sic cut, but also a very gen­tle man. He is sur­vived by his wife of nearly 69 years, Betty; daugh­ter Gil­lian (martin) Lien- robin­son of mis­sis­sauga, ON; grand­sons dun­can (Lib­erty) robin­son and great­grand­son Cole of Cal­gary aB and Fletcher (Joanna) robin­son and great-grand­daugh­ter rae­lynne of Oakville, ON; daugh­ter deb­bie (Bob) Thomp­son of Buf­falo Pound Lake, SK: grand­daugh­ter michelle (Steven) michaluk, great-grand­sons Ste­fan and Carter and great-grand­daugh­ter Kylee; grand­daugh­ter amanda (Kevin) Zaru­bin, great-grand­daugh­ters Brooke and ali­cia; grand­daugh­ter Shan­non (ryan) Osask, great -grand­daugh­ters mykayla and Sum­mer, great-grand­son Lukas, all of moose Jaw; son Greg of Buf­falo Pound Lake, SK: grand­daugh­ter Jade (Justin) Clewis, great­grand­son Kale of moose Jaw; grand­son Jor­dan of Fort mc­mur­ray aB; Jade and Jor­dan’s mother, Patti of moose Jaw; sis­ter-in-law Pam (Steven) Grae­fer, nieces Jan­ice and denise and their fam­i­lies of Cal­gary aB; nu­mer­ous cousins in B.C., Swe­den and Nor­way; and friends far and wide. dad was pre­de­ceased by his par­ents Carl and Olga Lien, his in-laws Fred and Beatrice Heath, his beloved great-grand­son ma­son Clewis, spe­cial friends Gord and marg mcKay, Gord Shiels, alec and Joy Young, Or­mond Fran­cis and Ce­cil and myr­tle San­der­son, and many oth­ers from the old neigh­bour­hood on wolfe av­enue. “Let your Spirit soar, dad! Our hearts go with you, un­til we meet again...” The fam­ily wishes to thank the ad­min­is­tra­tion and staff of Five Hills Health re­gion, staff at The Bent­ley, care­givers at Cres­cent Park Villa, moose Jaw Union Hos­pi­tal, Pi­o­neer Lodge and GarU at Prov­i­dence Place. To the won­der­ful com­pas­sion­ate staff and care­givers at Ex­ten­di­care, you have our en­dur­ing thanks and ad­mi­ra­tion. You have been a bless­ing to mom and dad, and thus to all of us. Fol­low­ing a pri­vate fam­ily Com­mit­tal Ser­vice, there was a Come & Go re­cep­tion for friends and fam­ily at the Jones Fam­ily Cen­tre, 262 athabasca St. E. on mon­day June 11, 2012 at 3:30 pm. Flow­ers are grate­fully de­clined. In mem­ory of Elmer, those so wish­ing may make a con­tri­bu­tion to the moose Jaw Branch of the Cana­dian red Cross, the Chil­dren’s wish Foun­da­tion, or a char­ity of one’s choice. In liv­ing mem­ory of Elmer, a tree will be planted in Be­sant Park by w. J. Jones & Son Fu­neral Home. Please sign the me­mo­rial reg­is­ter book at web­site: www.wjjone­sand­son.com

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