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Obituary - Gordon Vaessen

Gordon Vaessen

1937 - 2019

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Vaessen(2019)

Mr. Gordon William Vaessen, beloved husband of Mrs. Ann Vaessen, passed away peacefully in Medicine Hat on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the age of 82 years as a result of complications to Pulmonary Fibrosis. Along with Ann, Gordon leaves to cherish his memory four children and their families: daughter, Dana (Leonard) Lamontagne and their children, Jordon (Stephanie) and their children, Anna and Noah, Drew (Taralyn) and their children, Parys, Bronson and Harlow, Megan (Michael) and their son, William and Leslie and her son, Grayson; daughter, Leisa (Andrew) Kraska and their children, Michael (Chelsey) and David; son, Doug (Marianne) Vaessen and their children, Anna and Leo and son, Scott Vaessen; sister, Marie (Gerry) Zimmer as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Gordon was predeceased by his son, Michael; parents, Leo and Mary; brothers, Peter (June), Frank, Chuck (Betty), Len (Isabel), Paul (Clara), Edward, Norbert (Joyce); sisters, Helen (Bruce) and Joan. Gordon was Leo and Mary Vaessen’s youngest son. He was born on the family farm near Leipzig, SK. After his Mother died when he was 7 years old, his Father, Leo, raised him along with his siblings. He attended local schools and then St. Thomas College in North Battleford at the age of 14. He left the farm at the age of 15 and worked in Alberta and Saskatchewan at various jobs until 18 years of age when he started working for the Saskatchewan Power Corporation. He became a Lineman at the age of 18 and was a Foreman by the time he moved to Rosetown, Saskatchewan in 1957 at the age of 20. Gordon met the love of his life, Ann Mary Wieler, in Elrose, Saskatchewan, in the summer of 1957. They were married August 30, 1958. Daughters Dana and Leisa were born in Rosetown and the couple then moved to Swift Current where sons Douglas and Scott were born. The family moved to Climax in 1967 where Gordon became the District Operator. They then moved to Assiniboia in 1973 where he became the District Operator in Charge. Michael was born and passed away as an infant in Assiniboia. Gordon retired in 1997 and they remained in Assiniboia until moving to Medicine Hat Alberta in 2014. Gordon was a Man of Faith, a devout Catholic, and family always came first to him. As a family we enjoyed many vacations camping in Alberta and BC and spending weekends at Cypress Hills Provincial Park. Dad loved politics and sports, was a great schmear player and whipped us at crib regularly. He was an avid Toronto Maple Leafs fan and pretended to be a Blue Jays fan as his heart was with the Yankees. He was also devastated when the Montreal Expos folded. At a young age Dad was an exceptional fastball player, batting over .500 and playing 1st base for the Swift Current team. He instilled the love of sports in his children and we grew up competing as hard as we could and admiring exceptional talent. Dad loved Mom more than anything, he was always proud to have “Wonder Woman” on his arm. He was a man of integrity who loved his family. Our Hearts are broken and we will miss him until we see him again. We Love You DAD! The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road S.E., Medicine Hat, on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Iqbal Khurshid celebrant. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery with a time of fellowship thereafter in the Parish Hall.


  1. Brad & Debbie Auchstaetter:
    Apr 08, 2019 at 06:24 PM

    Ann & very sorry to hear of Gordon’s passing. Keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers.

  2. Valerie & Bob Greenwood:
    Apr 08, 2019 at 09:45 PM

    Ann & Family . . . while Uncle Gordon is gone from our sight, he remains in our thoughts and hearts. May you be comforted in the outpouring of love sent to surround you and your family.

  3. Shannon Hausauer:
    Apr 08, 2019 at 11:02 PM

    Ann, I am so sorry to hear of Gord’s passing. My thoughts are with you, Scott, and all of your family. Shannon

  4. Bill & Joan Rhode:
    Apr 08, 2019 at 11:46 PM

    So sorry to hear of Gords passing Ann. Sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Most sincerely
    Bill & Joan Rhode

  5. Carmen and Scott Vetterick:
    Apr 09, 2019 at 12:05 AM

    Auntie Ann, we are so sorry for your loss. I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Gordie, you and your family. My parents loved you all so much. You are in my thoughts and prayers. He is no doubt catching up with his loved ones in heaven.

  6. Brenda:
    Apr 09, 2019 at 09:42 AM

    We are saddened by your loss Ann. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Love Brenda & Andy

  7. Lisa Lorenzino, Luis, Filipe and Catarina Rodrigues:
    Apr 09, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Our family sends our condolences to you Anne and all of your family. Know that you are in our thoughts at this time of sadness. We hold you dear to our hearts.

  8. caron fafard:
    Apr 09, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    My condolences to Ann and family on the passing of Gord.

  9. Howard Wickstrom:
    Apr 10, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Our condoleces to Ann and family . Many great memories of Gordon in Swift Current. Rest in peace old friend.

  10. Betty and Perry Lawson:
    Apr 10, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and father. Many thoughts and prayers. 🙏🏻

  11. ARNOLDPATRICIA Leatherdale:
    Apr 10, 2019 at 12:08 PM

    Pat and I are sad to hear of Gordon's passing. We really enjoyed the many encounters we had with him..his upbeat attitude and his great sense of humour.

  12. irene b. orban:
    Apr 10, 2019 at 12:18 PM

    Our sympathy to Ann and Family

  13. Pat Krueger:
    Apr 10, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Dear Ann and family,
    So sorry to hear of Gord's death. We've travelled many miles together, all with fond memories, Ann. Prayers and sympathies. Pat

  14. Glen and Margaret Kupper:
    Apr 10, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    So sorry to hear about Gordon. We always enjoyed his company and friendship. Our deepest sympathy Ann & families.

  15. Stan Marlin:
    Apr 11, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Ann and family:
    So sorry to hear of Gord’s passing but take heart in the fact that he was a great family man and a trusted personal friend. Many great remembrances of our times in Kin and K40s spent together. - Stan

  16. Jack and shirley:
    Apr 11, 2019 at 04:28 PM

    So sorry Anne. Wish we could be with you however it was not possible. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers , lots of love from us.

  17. Rita Walters:
    Apr 12, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    We have many memories of Gordon at the church and when delivering the paper. Know that your in our thoughts and prayers. He will be missed.
    Rita Walters and family

  18. Denise Stianson Cox:
    Apr 12, 2019 at 12:15 PM

    My sincere sympathy to the Vaessen Family.

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