Roger Van Dellen was called home to glory and into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the age of 89 years after a long period of deteriorating health.
Roger was born in Stitswerd, Groningen, the Netherlands and raised on the family farm. In the spring of 1952 at age 21, he left behind his entire family and immigrated alone to Canada and began working on his uncle’s farm west of Nobleford. A few years later, he attended SAIT and earned his Journeyman ticket as a mechanic and worked for Barton Motors in Picture Butte for several years.
In 1962 he married Annie Teerling and they made their home in Lethbridge where Roger worked for Beny’s Chevrolet. In 1966 he was again able to pursue his farming dream with the purchase of 2 quarters of farmland west of Nobleford, in 1974 he was able to purchase another quarter of land and moved the family out to the farm. That same year he also moved to Subway Automotive where he continued to mechanic until his retirement in the 1990’s. Roger continued farming until 2006 when he and Annie retired to Lethbridge.
Roger was predeceased by his wife Annie; father Rindert Van Dellen; mother Aukje Van Dellen; brothers Idzert, Thies, Jan Thies, Thies Jan Van Dellen; sisters Antje and Jantine Van Dellen.
He is survived by his daughter Sheila (Gerald) Williamson of Granum; grand daughters Laura and Kimberly Williamson; son Edward (Darlene) Van Dellen of Lethbridge and grand children Katie (Tim) Ahrenholz, Kalisse (Jack) Evert, Jenaya, Judson, Kylan, Kienna, Kayden and Kyatt Van Dellen.
Special thanks to Dr. Colin Walsh for the wonderful care he provided to Roger over the years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm, on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at TRINITY REFORMED CHURCH, 1100 40 Avenue North, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Thomas Albaugh officiating.
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