DIDRIKSEN, Benard Elton

Elton Didriksen

1936-2021

 

Let’s get this show on the road!

Elton’s show got on the road on November 13th, 1936, and ended on August 29th, 2021 at the age of 84. Elton loved to drive and claimed to have driven backwards more miles than anyone else had driven forward which his family knew meant long road trips (starvation tours) with no pit stops, no eating in the car and certainly NO radio to disturb the passage of the miles (are we there yet?). He enjoyed driving around North America to visit family and friends, and along the way always found time for business.

Elton was born and passed away in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. The first 7 years of his life was spent in the Wang District and then he moved with his parents to Gwynne.  The house was not finished on the inside when the family took up residence and the only partition was the back of the kitchen stove.  The house was later expanded, a basement added and a well dug. Together with the arrival of power, this made for a cozy house that his nephew (Nils) continues to reside in today.  On August 25, 1962, Elton married Isabel Scheller of Craigmyle, Alberta. Elton and Isabel lived in Camrose, Wetaskiwin and finally settled again in Gwynne in 1968 to raise their family.  They returned to Wetaskiwin in 2018 to live at Village Square Condos where many wonderful friends and memories were created.

After finishing high school, Elton went to work in the family road construction business (Didriksen Construction) with his father and brother. He continued to work for many years building roads throughout Alberta. Elton loved to talk on the phone (including calling Isabel in the nurse’s residence so the whole floor knew what was happening!), that later led to work as a consultant in the oil and gas industry, which he continued to do until just before he passed away. He will be remembered for jumping in the car and driving to Calgary for a breakfast meeting, a haircut or coffee because there was always someone to see, or places to go.

In recent years he had taken up texting in order to keep in touch with his grandchildren and great- grandchildren. His favourite questions to family were “Did you do any good today? (Uhm, yes?)”, “How’s the weather?” (Probably, about the same as where you are.), “What did you do today?” (Uhm, work?), “Did you watch the game? (Uhm, no?).

Elton loved raspberries and cream, soft ice cream and anything chocolate.  The highlight of every Christmas was the local Lutefisk supper (and if the fish was good he was always up for seconds).  And the soup, coffee and tea always had to be piping hot, or else it had to go back to the kitchen. He was an avid Calgary Flames fan (never Edmonton!), the Toronto Blue Jays and jumped on the Toronto Raptors band wagon during their 2019 championship season. He could always be found listening to the radio or watching sports on TV.

Elton was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Lyle (Hawes) Didriksen, and sister Myrle Tessari. He is remembered by his loving wife of 59 years, Isabel, son Vern (Cindy), daughters Joan (Ken) and Lynn, grandchildren Leah (Alan), Carrie, Renee (Jeff) and Wyatt, great grandchildren Cadrin, Gillian (Jeb), Corbin, Kevin/Subal, great-great-grandchildren, Zayden, Rosiah, and Blakie, brother Ross (Patty), brother-in-law Ernie Tessari, and numerous other family members.

Elton will be laid to rest at Nashville Cemetery in a private family graveside service on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 with a Coffee Time for friends and family to follow at the Wetaskiwin Mission Church from 3-5 pm.  In lieu of flowers, a contribution to the Gideons or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Serenity Funeral Service, Wetaskiwin

Ph: 780.352.5300

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3610-56 Avenue
Wetaskiwin, AB

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Ronald / MelvaMabbott

We send our condolences Isabel to you and your family on the passing of Eldon. Many fond memories of his life. May Ps 23 become a special meaning to you through these days. God bless you.

Nelia Zelt

Dear Mom Isabel,
I thank you and Dad Elton from the bottom of my heart for standing up as my parents and Dad Elton walked me down the aisle when I got married 28 years ago, from that moment I have a Canadian parents. I am glad that you have included us in your family. This is not goodbye for Dad Elton just see you later!

Michelle Wordley

Dearest Lord, We are thankful that Elton is with you today. We find comfort in knowing we will see our brother again. Wrap your loving arms around our sister Isabel. Make her very aware of your presence. Bless her and her family today. Show family and friends how to encourage and support them. Provide for every need. Thank you God. In Jesus name we praise. Amen

My sister Isabel, you are loved. Elton was an example to us all. He had a huge heart and a great smile. His love for the Lord was an example to many. The lessons he taught his children and grandchildren will live on in them. Whatever you need, you let me know. I am there for you. Hugs. Xx

Corinna Lazo

Dear Isabel, we are very sorry for the loss of your beloved husband Elton. We still remember very well how you welcomed us at your house in Gwynne 11 years ago although you didn’t know us before. You made us feel so comfortable. And you came to visit us in Germany and stayed at our place. Although we spend little time together, it was such a great blessing to know you. May God comfort you in this season.

Lorraine Shelstad

Doesn’t seem 59 years ago I was a bridesmaid at your wedding! Praying for you and your family in this time of loss. You have many happy memories. Love, Lorraine

Leslie Donison (Niece)

I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. I have many memories of Uncle Elton and he will be dearly missed.

Judy RILLING

Isabel, you and Elton were special friends for Jerry and I when we moved to Wetaskiwin. Our fun trips to the Rosebud Dinner Theatre, and later my own road trips with you to Saskatoon, plus the time I spent sleeping over when Jerry was at Camrose long term care – are very special memories. Those early morning breakfasts (you treated Elton like the king of his castle) I will always remember. I will be delighted to send a contribution to the Gideons on your behalf.

Lyla Goin

Dear Isabelle and family.
I am so sorry for your sudden loss of Elton. Love to you and family. You have 59 years of memories. I am sorry I will be in Saskatchewan on Tuesday. I will call you for tea later.

Nell Liddle

Isabel-please accept my sincere condolences. Reading Elton’s obituary helped me to know him. You did such a nice job of painting a picture of his life. I know that you will miss him dearly, and I hope that memories of happier times will help you through these difficult days. I will keep you and your family in my prayers

Gwen Plested

Dear Isabel,
I am so sorry for your loss and send my sincere condolences to you and your family. I know you will cherish happy memories of all those many miles you travelled together.
Take care of yourself.

Karen Barnes (Paul Didrikson’s first wife)

Dear Isabel
My sincerest condolences to you and your family. Elton was a delight to be around – boundless enthusiasm for whatever he or someone else was up to.
Your family must have countless memories to recall and enjoy. I’m glad I met him.

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