DORNBUSH, Lester Vern

On Monday, April 25th, 2022, Mr. Lester Vern Dornbush of Parkland County passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 81 after a lengthy illness.

Les will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 15 years, Bev. Price-Dornbush, daughters Sue (Jason) and Alayna (Brian), and granddaughters Jenna, Eva, Jamie and Avery. Les was very blessed with a large extended family and will be missed dearly by Bev.’s children Stephen (Susan), Janet (Arnold) and grandchildren Ryan (Kate), Tyler (Corisa), Kori (Kaleb), Dawson, Jackson, Ethan and Harrison. Les was very proud to have recently become a great grandfather to Judah and Alice. Les had eight siblings and is survived by Eugene, Lois, Carolyn, Muriel and Gordon and predeceased by Robert, Evelyn and Jewel.

Les and Bev. were married in 2006 and spent many years actively enjoying a vibrant life of travelling, golfing, and wintering in Green Valley, Arizona. A devoted Christian, Les was actively engaged with the church and passionate about supporting charities and those less fortunate than him. Les loved riding his motorcycle and often took to the highway for road trips.

Sadly, Les’s life of adventure was slowly diminished with his diagnosis of Cardiac Amyloidosis in 2016. While he remained positive and hopeful about the future, he had to stop travelling and began to spend more time at home and, unfortunately, in doctor’s offices. However, he still loved getting together with family and friends and going out with the boys for coffee. He was very committed to his online scrabble games with his family and loved to play ‘wordle,’ ‘dordle,’ and ‘quordle’ on the computer, which kept his mind active. Ultimately, the effects of Amyloidosis were too severe on his body, and after six years, he was called home to the Lord.

Les was predeceased by his loving wife of 39 years, Marjorie Dornbush. Married in 1965, Les and Marj moved around Alberta before settling in Edmonton in 1987 to open their Good For You! Fruit and Yogurt stores. They were retired and living in Stony Plain when Marj passed in 2005.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 19010 87 Avenue, on Monday, May 9th, at 2 pm, with a reception to follow. Memorial donations in Les’s honour may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation by visiting albertacancer.ca/donate. Please select Cross Cancer Institute and specify ‘Amyloidosis Research’ in the comments section.

Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel
780-477-7500

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Ivan Klok

The first time I can remember Uncle Les, he scared the crap out of me. I must have been around 5 or 6 and our family took “the big trip” from Taber up to Calgary. Wow, big city for us back then … and a really big deal! We rarely traveled back then and we’d watch almost the whole way for the first glimpse of the tall buildings to show up on the horizon … and then stare from the front window of the house and watch the planes coming and going.

He decided to take me on a little car ride through the city. Was it a Rambler? (He called it a rambler anyway). Tan, if I remember right. We shot into traffic and raced faster than my dad would have ever gone through the city. Uncle Les scared the crap out of me … there was a red light coming up quick and he didn’t slow down! In fact, I think he sped up! It seemed to flip to green just as we got to the intersection … and I remember thinking something like “this guy is nuts! … and I love it! Do it again”!!

That little ride never left me. I see it every time I drive through Calgary … and every time I come to any traffic light for that matter. I do!

Your dad gave me the bug back then. Life had to be exciting. He has the biggest smile!

He proved it again a few years later when he rode that little motorbike to Winnipeg (?). He stopped by Taber on the way and I just thought that was the coolest thing ever! I’ve done coast to coast rides a couple of times and always think how my Goldwing was such a cushy ride compared to his little (Honda 250?). No windscreen. Bugs in his face. Rain soaking him. It must have felt so cool! What a atory to tell!! In fact, I was so happy when he wanted to buy my silver Goldwing … what?,.. 20 years ago? I was so glad that he could go for another ride!

Everyone needs an “Uncle Les”!!

You’re are in my thoughts today and I hope you feel the hug I’m trying to send.

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