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Obituary - George Aaserud

George Aaserud

1945 - 2023

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Aaserud(2023)

George Andreas Aaserud passed away at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital while surrounded by his girls on Tuesday, March 7th, 2023.

George was born August 10, 1945, in Hanna, Alberta, a son to Alice and Olaf Aaserud.

He was raised on the family farm at Craigmyle. Dad loved everything about farming and agriculture. His early days were spent attending school at Princeton, Craigmyle and graduating high school from Delia. Dad spoke fondly of his early days growing up on the farm. He loved working on cars, machinery, and raising crops. Dad spoke often of how proud he was to win third place in the Royal Winter Fair for his crops project.

Dad graduated from Olds College with a diploma in Agriculture and started his career with the Alberta Wheat Pool. He moved to the Oyen area, met and married Bonnie Wagstaff in 1971. They moved to their farm at Craigmyle in 1973, where they lived, raising their girls until 1997 when they moved to Hanna.

Dad’s love of agriculture led him to a career as an Agriculture Fieldman working for Special Areas for 25 years. While working there, Dad met and made many friends. He was very involved in the Agricultural Fieldman’s Association and enjoyed mentoring new colleagues into the profession. Dad enjoyed sharing his knowledge and loved participating in the Hanna Fall Fair.

Following Mom’s death in 2013, Dad joined his girls in Irvine, Alberta spending time with Tarolyn, Shandi, Jill and Kara. Dad was always up for an adventure with his girls. He could be found in a golf cart with Tarolyn, around a campfire visiting, and behind the glass coaching his girls curling. Dad loved going to auction sales and meeting new friends... he never met a stranger and became fast friends with all.

Dad was predeceased by his wife, Bonnie; parents, Olaf and Alice and a sister, Valena. He will be missed by his daughters, Tarolyn (James), Shandi (Dwayne), Jill (Richard) and Kara (Daniel); grandchildren, Tyla, Tayven, Trae-Lyn, Zach, Cameron, Ava, Nolan and Ali; sister-in-law, Debra (Allan); brothers-in-law, Barry (Juanita) and Lloyd (Louise) as well as nieces, nephews and many friends.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Dad’s life at the Craigmyle Historic Church, Craigmyle, Alberta on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 1:00 p.m.

The family has requested donations be made directly to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDRF) or a charity of donor’s choice in Dad’s Memory.


  1. Olmstead Family:
    Mar 10, 2023 at 11:05 AM

    Our deepest condolences to all the families

  2. Shannon Gross:
    Mar 10, 2023 at 11:10 AM

    So sorry to hear of George’s passing. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. Thinking of you all and sending hugs!

  3. Marilyn (Chambers) Wattenbarger:
    Mar 10, 2023 at 01:25 PM

    Sorry to hear. My condolences. George was a schoolmate in Delia

  4. Roxie Golby:
    Mar 10, 2023 at 01:40 PM

    My sympathy and hugs to all.

  5. Heather &Alan Sox:
    Mar 10, 2023 at 04:51 PM

    So sorry for your loss. Only met him a few times but he was a pleasure to talk with. Condolences to all your family.

  6. Tracy (Gordon) Rose:
    Mar 10, 2023 at 05:36 PM

    Thinking of you all during this difficult time! I have fond memories of both your mom and dad at 4-H, curling and Civic Centre events. Hugs.

  7. John and Marge Burrows:
    Mar 10, 2023 at 07:41 PM

    We were very sorry to hear of George's passing. Always enjoyed visiting with him whenever we saw each other. Our thoughts are with all the family at this sad time.

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