On Sunday morning, around 7 a.m. Douglas went home to meet his Lord and Saviour Jesus very peacefully. He was released from his broken-down body which was bound to a wheelchair because of Parkinson’s Disease. Now he is rejoicing with the angels and singing praise to his Saviour.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Ilene of 48 years; one brother-in-law Harold Frey; four nephews and their families as well as five nieces and their families.
Douglas was predeceased by his parents Mary and Henry Henkel; one sister Verna Frey as well as two brothers: Larry and Rena and Ronald and Jill.
Douglas was in mixed farming with his father until 1971 after which he bought the farm and continued with mixed farming. He always had the desire to grow pedigreed seed, so in 1975 he ventured into that specialty and fulfilled his lifelong dream. He was an honest, dedicated farmer who loved caring for the soil of the land. He was a director on the Board of the Stony Plain Seed Cleaning Association from 1981-1996.
I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the staff at the Good Samaritan Care Centre for their care, concern and compassion shown to Douglas over the last almost seven years of his life.
If friends desire, they may make contributions to the Alberta Parkinson’s Society or the Good Samaritan Care Centre of Stony Plain, Alberta.
Douglas Earl was born to Henry and Mary Henkel, at home on July 2, 1934 in the Mewassin area. He grew up with 3 younger siblings, namely: Larry, Verna and Ronald. As a child of only 2 or 3 years of age Doug would venture a half mile down the road to his grandmother’s home. His mother would get a phone call saying, “we have a little boy here” and she would have to pick him up. He was raised on the farm and attended the White Whale School.
In his teenage years, he was involved in the 4-H Beef Club. He remembers being Club President for one or two years and winning first in showmanship. Doug enjoyed skating and also playing baseball which was his favourite sport to watch on television. Douglas played his mandolin in a musical trio with his brother Larry and Robert Schaefer at one of the Search for Talent Concerts. They, along with others had many enjoyable times entertaining in this manner.
When Douglas finished his Grade 8, he decided on a lifetime in farming. He farmed with his Dad and in 1971 he purchased the farm from his parents.
August 14, 1971 Douglas married Ilene Eberhart from the Holden area and we built our home on the same yard as his parents.
He always desired to grow pedigreed seed. In 1975 he started out in that adventure, even though we had a mixed farming operation. Seed growing was his specialty.
Doug was a director on the Board of the Stony Plain Seed Cleaning Association from 1981-1996. In June 2006 we had our farm sale. Then in 2007 we bought an old farm yard of 6.72 acres and built our retirement home in the Blueberry area. We moved into our retirement home January 2008 in hopes of doing some traveling but that was not to be.
On May 21, 2013 Doug went into the Stony Plain Care Centre where he died peacefully on Sunday morning, April 19th, 2020.
Doug was a most loving, caring companion and an honest hardworking farmer with great respect for the soil of the land.