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Obituary - Leonard Van Maarion

Leonard Van Maarion

1922 - 2019

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Van Maarion(2019)

February 3, 1922 ~ May 4, 2019

Leonard was tired and ready to go, anxious to reunite with his life partner, Caroline, who predeceased him in January of 2018. Len was born February 3, 1922 and spent all of his 97 years living at the ranch, south of Seven Persons. He attended High Bank School, completing grade 8, at which time he started his career, working full time on the ranch.

Lennie is survived by three sons: Richard (Meridith), their children, Jesse (Ashley), great-grandchildren, Montana, Meadow, and Jasper; Megan (Jared) Wever, great-grandchildren, Sophia, Mila and Barent; Emily (Tim) Erickson, great-grandchildren, Steele and Ember; Ronald (Wendy), their children, Nicole (Kevin) Dalgleish; Casey and great-grandchildren, Hayden, Sylvan, Treyton, and Satayjah; Murray (Karen) and their children, Kelsi (Raymond) Wagenaar, Travis, and Tristan as well as Tammy, Dalyce and Dustin.

Len is also survived by his brother, Jack (Ella) and their sons, Craig, Todd (Natalie) as well as numerous great-nieces and nephews.

Len was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Caroline; son, Brent; brother, Richard; twin sisters and their spouses, Eve (Jack) Gloslie, Evelyn (Art) Entzminger as well as his niece, Vicki Lyn Leuck.

Sundays were special days for Len. Everyone knew there would be a beautiful meal and they would be welcome. He and Caroline welcomed family and friends to their farm kitchen for a home cooked meal. Len was close to Caroline’s siblings - the Greenstein’s, their spouses and their families and they were always welcome at the farm. Airplanes, stationary engines, fixing and repairing farm equipment, drilling wells – Dragon’s Den would have been a go to for Len. Len proudly displayed his antique engines at the Mediicne Hat Exhibition & Stampede for many years right up until the age of 96. Len was generous with his time and would help out neighbors when they needed a hand.

Thanks to the neighbors who helped out these past years as Len and Caroline tried to maintain the ranch. Thank you also to the staff at AgeCare Valleyview, Masterpiece Southland Meadows, and Dr. Van der Merwe. Staff were so kind to dad and always treated him with respect. Thanks to Cook Southland Funeral Chapel for their assistance and special thanks to Pastor Koopmans for valuable time spent with Len.

A Celebration of Leonard’s life will be held at the Christian Reformed Church, 300 Primrose Drive SE, Medicine Hat on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor George Koopmans officiating.


  1. Nancy and Glen Dalgleish:
    May 08, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Our sincere condolences to Ron & Wendy and family and all of the Van Maarion families.

  2. Leona Plouffe:
    May 08, 2019 at 09:44 PM

    Rick and Meri so sad to read of Len's passing our thoughts and prayers are with all the family sending hugs from all of us to all of you

    Take care and remember all the love he gave to all

  3. Greg, Lynann, Dana and Colin Kerr:
    May 09, 2019 at 05:27 PM

    Rick and Meri, Ron and Wendy, Murray and Karen: our most sincere condolences to all of you and your families upon the loss of Len. So many memories of the beautiful garden, the bees (and honey), haircuts, visits and laughter. Please know we send many heartfelt hugs to all of you. Dana immediately recognized Len's name and was glad to establish a connection with him. She also sends her sincere condolences.

  4. Marie stein:
    May 13, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    What a beautiful long life your grandpa enjoyed! My sincere condolences to you and your family

  5. Wayne, Laura, Blair, Brittnee Rath:
    May 14, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    To Rick, Ron and Murray and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time of the passing of your father, grandfather, great-grandpa. Life is short but memories live on forever. He is reunited with the love of his life Caroline again. Together they are watching and guiding you as the days go forward in your lives. Thinking of you all. Hugs and kisses.

  6. Roger and Noella Legault:
    May 15, 2019 at 09:46 PM

    We wish we could gave known Leonard much sooner to be able to spend more time with him. He was such an excellent person. Even though Roger could not speak and Len was hard of hearing, Roger and him had a rapport of their own which was very touching. Roger and I are both fortunate to have known him. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  7. admin:
    May 16, 2019 at 10:49 AM

    On behalf of my family and myself I wish to extend sincere condolences on the loss of your father, grandfather, greatgrandfather. It is always so hard to lose a parent and for what they stood for in our lives. May you find comfort in the stories, memories and in being with family at this time. Sincerely, Carol Enslen; Debbie and Mike Enslen; Cory, Vivie and Ashley Enslen; Garry, Lila, Chris (Casandra), Emma, Kaden, Travis (Kim) Enslen.

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