It is with heavy hearts that the family of Ira Haight share his passing on July 16, 2017. Ira Dudley Haight was born in Bruce, Alberta on June 26, 1923 and was the oldest son and second of nine children born to Dudley and Ethel Haight. After growing up and being very involved in the rural community of Bruce, Ira volunteered with the Canadian Army and served in the European Theater during World War II. As a Private, Ira saw action from Juno Beach and was involved The Battle of the Bulge. Ira was in Oldenburg, Germany when the war ended but had to wait for transport home and was moved to Norg, Holland where he drove a converted army truck as a school bus until he could come home to the girl who had been writing him letters for so long. The sacrifices he made were recognized many years later when in October of 2015, Ira received the Medal d’Honneur from the French Ambassador to Canada for his service. This is the highest decoration in France and is the French equivalent to the Order of Canada. Ira and Evelyn were married on April 22, 1946 in Calgary, Alberta where they started their life together. Jobs ranging from working in a drycleaner in downtown Calgary, to Edmonton Starkey Mine eventually lead the couple and their ever‐growing family to their farm in Berrymoor where they lived for many years before moving into Drayton Valley. Ira worked full time off the farm in the oilfield with a number of companies and jobs; Service rigs in the 50’s, Pumpjack maintenance contracting to Mobil Oil, to name a few. Ira was involved in many activities and as long as his coffee cup was full, he was ready to help umpire a ballgame, take in a hockey game, speak at an AA Roundup or tell a great joke. He is survived by his loving wife Evelyn of 71 Years and children Darlyne (Terry) Gavigan, Darrell (Verna) Haight, Donna Haight, Beverly (Gerald) Hart, Teri Hegedus, Lana (Rod) Pangracs and Larry (Jody) Haight. Ira was predeceased by his parents and six sisters as well an infant son in 1947, another son Dennis, two daughters Dianne and Jacqueline as well as three Grandchildren; Sandra, Chad and Kurtis. Ira and Evelyn were blessed with Grandchildren; Sandra, Joy, Evan, Carrie, Darrell, Sean, Corey, Kelly, Kevin, Jessica, Lona, Dorey, Tyrell, Randy, Troy, Kurtis, Chad, Denni, Brandi, Lezlie, Andrew, Christopher, Michael, Alexis, Kelsey, Tyce, Lacy and Ryder. Many Great Grandchildren and two Great Great Grandchildren followed. A celebration of life will be held to remember this remarkable man at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday July 23, 2017 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #269, 5204 51st Avenue, Drayton Valley. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ira’s memory can be made to Drayton Valley Health Services Foundation ‐ Continuing Care, 4550 Madsen Avenue, Drayton Valley, Alberta T7A 1N8.
Ira Dudley Haight-
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #269 - Drayton Valley
5204 51 Ave, Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1S2
West on Township Road 500, Berrymoor, Alberta, Canada
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My thoughts and prayers with Uncle Ira’s family, he is not gone, but the Lord has called him home. We will all miss him till we see him again.
We didn’t know Ira, but Lana shared many wonderful stories about her Father that she loves so dearly!!!! After reading Ira’s life’s journey, I was filled with a sense of pride & am proud that him & his wife are Canadian citizens. His service may have been overseas but he gave much for our freedoms. I can see why Lana is so proud of him.
Lana, my most heartfelt condolences to you, and all the family, on the loss of your father. The love and respect you always displayed in his behalf was certainly duly placed. All, whose life he touched, will always treasure the memory of this remarkable man. My thoughts are with you, at this very sad time.
The Riess Family
Sending our deepest condolences to Ira’s family
May you find comfort in thr great memories you have of Ira..my thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss.
My prayers are with the family on this sad loss..may you find comfort in God and all your great memories with Ira.
Terry & Mary Drader
Ira was one of the first people Terry met after moving to Drayton Valley as they both worked for Mobil Oil as contractors and Terry always admired Ira’s honesty, integrity and work ethic. He leaves a wonderful family legacy. Please accept our deepest condolences to Evelyn and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
He was my uncle. Haven’t seen him for 16 yrs. Admired as a mentor when i was a very young man. My condolences to family. He was a man that has lived through so many hardships in life yet always had a posittive attitude. Sorry I never thanked him for the time I spent with him, for always treating fairly even when i made mistakes when i made decisions in life thet were wrong. He will be mised
My condolences to the family on the passing of this remarkable gentleman
My heart is sad for all of you. I loved and respected Ira and he was an important part of my life for many years.
Prayers and condolences to Evelyn and the Haight family. Ira was an amazing man. He will be sorely missed. For years when he came into the drug store he would share a story or a joke. His sense of humour was always evident. He always had a smile to share with everyone even though he may not of felt well himself. Rest in peace Ira.
My thoughts are with the family. Ira was a very honest umpire, very thankful to him for donating him time for the girls ball team.
Thinking of you all at this time.
Ira was a truly wonderful man.