Lawrence Delbert Luft

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Lawrence Delbert Luft was born in Didsbury, Alberta on April 5, 1926, and passed shortly before his 89th birthday. He was the eldest boy, predeceased by his brother Norman and survived by his sister Eleanor (Martin) and youngest brother Donald. The family farmed west of Didsbury until 1938 when they bought and moved to the current home section in the Cremona area. Shortly after their move, as the eldest of the family, Eleanor took on the major responsibility of raising and feeding the family when their mother Elizabeth passed away suddenly in 1942. Lawrence attended school at the Rugby school and later at Mount Hope, a four mile roundtrip ride on horseback. After school, Lawrence continued to help his father on the farm as well as starting and operating a general trucking business, hauling a variety of cargo including groceries for the Bottrel store, gasoline, grain and cattle (sometimes in the same load!). The three brothers farmed separately on 3 adjoining half sections. Lawrence lived and worked with his father John for many years on the homestead before finding and marrying the love of his life Georgina (Brain) . They married in 1979 and ultimately settled on the family farm after his father's passing in 1981. Lawrence loved the farm life. He and Georgina also spent many months and years travelling in their RV until health concerns kept them closer to home. Georgina moved into the seniors lodge in Carstairs and Lawrence drove daily to spend their days together, wearing out at least two Ford pickups before her passing in 2008. Lawrence also spent these years enjoying his beautifully maintained yard and 'supervising' the farming operations off his Quad until moving into the Bethany Care Centre in Cochrane in 2010. Lawrence passed on Thursday, February 18 at the Foothills Hospital after many days recovering from a fall. He is survived by his sister Eleanor (Ray) and his brother Don. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday February 26, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Evangelical Missionary Church, Didsbury with Pastor Mike Morgan officiating . Interment to follow in the Didsbury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Bethany Care Centre , Cochrane . Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Didsbury entrusted with arrangements . 403-335-4773
Published in The Cochrane Eagle on Feb. 25, 2015