It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Ernest Kvarnberg of Leduc, AB at the age of 95 years. Ernest was predeceased in 2014 by Ruby, his devoted wife of almost 65 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his family Beverley (Ron) Gray; Glen (Maureen McLean) Kvarnberg; Janet (Gerald) Kercher; Carol (Tony) Schulhof; Laurel Kvarnberg (Ed Latka); 8 grandchildren: Kristina, Laura, Michelle, Jeff, Megan, Tamara, Kayli, Remi; 7 great-grandchildren: Sphere, Jasmine, Lochlan, Cole, Ava, Brooklyn and Jaxon.
Ernest was born on March 1, 1920 on the family farm 1 mile west of Buford, AB. He attended school at Willow Creek and Thorsby and after high school he attended Southern Alberta Institute of Technology where he took Building Construction and Drafting. He quit school with the outbreak of the war and joined the army medical corps in 1941, however received a medical discharge in 1942. From there he returned to the family farm to work with his Dad and from 1948 – 1990 he grew pedigreed seed. During this time he built his own seed cleaning plant and received many awards over the years from various seed fairs including the Toronto Royal Winter Fair where he won 3 World Championships. Ernest also was very active in his community and over 25 years served as service man for the Calverley Mutual Telephone Company, President and burial recorder for the Calmar Community Cemetery as well as President of the Willow Creek Community Association. He also spent 10 years as a director of the Alberta Seed Growers Association and 2 years as President. Music was always an integral part of Ernest’s life and he enjoyed playing a variety of instruments.
A celebration of Ernest’s life will be held at Telford House (4907 – 46 Street, Leduc, AB) Saturday at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetic Association (1010 – 10117 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, AB T5J 1W8)