John A. (Buck) Lietz of Medicine Hat formerly of Roblin, Manitoba, beloved husband of the late Mrs. Rita Lietz, passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2004, at the age of 86 years. He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Lorilei (Darwin) Dirk and their family Robyn, Samantha and Ashley all of Redcliff; Lana Lietz (Dave) of Medicine Hat, Kelly (Denise) Booker of Redcliff, Harvey (Linda) Booker of Hayter, AB., Garland (Janis) Booker of Redcliff, and Pam (Jim) Ferris of Comox, B.C., as well as thirteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one brother, Vernon Lietz of Kelowna, B.C. John was born and raised in Roblin, Manitoba where he farmed until he moved to Medicine Hat in 1976. El-San Industries then employed him until he retired. He always enjoyed working with equipment and his cars. His wife Rita and his girls were very special to him. After Rita passed away in 1979, John was given the task of raising two teenage daughters, and he did a good job of that. When John spoke, everyone listened. He was a man of few words, but they were important ones. During his retirement years he enjoyed watching sports on TV, baseball in the summer and hockey and curling in the winter. In 1998, John moved to Redcliff to be closer to his family. In the winter of 2000, John was moved to the auxiliary wing of the Medicine Hat Hospital, where he lived until his passing, after a brief illness. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Sunday, January 11, 2004, between12:00 Noon and 3:00 P.M. Cremation To Follow. Funeral Services will be held at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel on Monday, January 12, 2004, at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow at a later date in Roblin, Manitoba. Following the funeral service, relatives and friends will be invited to gather for a time of fellowship at the residence of Kelly (Denise) Booker, 938 - 5 Street S.E., Redcliff. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to The 2 East Continuing Care Unit, c/o the Medicine Hat Hospital, 666 - 5 Street S.W., Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 4H6.
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