Mr. Charles Howard Lynn, fondly known as "Pete", beloved husband of Joan Lynn, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, April 4, 2004, at the age of 77 years. Pete also leaves to cherish his memory two children, son Art Lynn (Ronalea Magee) of Medicine Hat and daughter Betty Lynn-Woods (Dell Benson) of Alsask, SK; grandchildren, Edward and Jonathan Woods; step-grandchildren Jered and Jesse Magee as well as Kurtis (Brandie) Benson and Carson (Vanessa) Benson. He is also survived by one sister, Ruth O'dell of Stettler, AB., and one sister-in-law, Esther Lynn of Fort Assiniboine, AB., as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, four sisters and two brothers. Pete was born on August 19, 1926, the youngest of eight children, at Youngstown, Alberta. He was raised on the ranch south of Youngstown which his father came to homestead in 1911. He attended Crocus Plains School which his sister Nora taught, a few miles from home. Later in his teens, he went to school in Wayne, near Drumheller, AB., where his brother Jim taught. After grade 10, his father passed away, so Pete stayed home to help his mother on the farm. He loved farm life, the cattle and especially the horses. He was truly a cowboy. As his heard grew, so did his experience. On May 17, 1952, he married Joan McKenzie from Vernon, B.C. They raised two children, Art and Betty. Life was busy and happy on the farm. The church was very important to Pete. He loved his Lord and Savior. Sunday's after church was often spent in fellowship with neighbors and friends. Pete loved his horses, and enjoyed a brief career of chuck wagon racing with his brother Bob, competing in the Calgary Stampede. He was a known far and wide for his unique ability to "witch" for water. Spring and branding in June were his favorite times of the year. He loved hockey, having played in his younger years, and refereeing games in his middle years as well as devotedly watching hockey night In Canada to cheer on his favorite team. Pete loved his family. His children and their children were very important to him. Pete and Joan moved to Medicine Hat in 1984 as his health had started to deteriorate. Being part of the "City-folk" grew on him. He loved people, and going for coffee early each morning to meet up with Art and his numerous friends was an enjoyed, daily routine. He will be sadly missed, never forgotten, and is now with his Lord. A time of remembrance was held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, April 7, 2004. The Funeral Service will be held at the Gospel Chapel in Youngstown, AB., on Thursday, April 8, 2004, at 2:00 P.M. with Reverend Bob Findley officiating. Interment to follow in the Youngstown Cemetery. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Sunnyside Continuing Care Facility, c/o South Country Village, 1720 Bell Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 5G1.
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