February 9, 1927 – May 9, 2021
With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Helmond Klut, of Edmonton, formerly from Edson, at the age of 94.
He is lovingly remembered by his wife of nearly 68 years, Margaret (Knudson); his son, John; his daughter, Carol (George) Wadey; his granddaughters, Rae-Anne (Mike) and Robyn. He is also mourned by his brothers, Samuel, Ernest (Elsie), Ulrich (Irene); his sisters, Selma Standring, Neta Oloske, Elizabeth Craig, Margaret Dawson; his sister-in-law, Evelyn Klute; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sons, Keith (1989) and Rod (2009); one brother, Arthur; his sisters, Hertha Polanski, Adelina Custance and Ida Klut.
Helmond was born February 9, 1927 in Neposnanitsch, northwest Ukraine, the second child of Samuel and Augusta Klut. Their ancestors were ethnic German colonists, who settled in historic Volhynia within the Russian Empire. The family immigrated to Canada in 1928 and resided in Edmonton. In 1932, they moved to their homestead near Rosevear, northeast of Edson, Alberta.
On the farm, Helmond learned the value of a hard day’s work and a job well done – lessons he would carry with him throughout his life. If family, a friend or neighbour needed a helping hand, he was quite willing to roll up his sleeves and get busy. As a young man, Helmond worked in logging camps and had a short stint as a coal miner before hiring on with CN Rail at Edson in 1949. He married Margaret in 1953 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rosevear; they moved the following year to Edmonton where they raised their family.
Helmond retired from CN in 1985 after 36 years as a fireman and locomotive engineer. He and Margaret took numerous trips and travelled the world extensively. Many winters were spent in Yuma, Arizona, where they danced up a storm. Summertime meant weekend jaunts to their cabin at Lessard Lake. Helmond loved socializing with family and friends, and he eagerly anticipated the annual Klut family reunion. He was a passionate golfer and curler, who loved to compete and win. Of course, he was always up for a game of crib. One tradition which endured for 50 years was the autumn hunting trip to Rosevear, with his brothers Ernest and Olie. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
A private graveside service was held on Monday, May 17, 2021 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Edmonton. Due to COVID, a “Celebration of Life” may be held at a later date.