Russell Lars Myggland, loving husband of 40 years to Barbara, father to Michael (Angela), and Allison, passed away on October 1st, after a courageous battle with Brain Cancer. Russell will be laid to rest in the Wainwright Cemetery, and a memorial will be held to celebrate his life once it is safe to do so.
Born in Wainwright, AB, to Edith and Arnie Myggland, along with three siblings: Wayne, Wendy, and Neil (Darlene). Russell was predeceased by his parents, aunts and uncles, as well as brother Neil, and nephew, Wayne.
Russell was a life-long learner and he strove for excellence in everything he did. He developed his love of mechanics at a young age. Upon graduation from Sedgewick High School he went to NAIT where he earned all three mechanics tickets (Agriculture, Auto, and Heavy Duty) before the age of 23. Russell soon became a Branch Manager, as well as a Service Manager before switching gears to become a home salesman for Nelson Homes. Always up for a challenge, he won Rookie Salesman of the Year and later, Salesman of the Year. At the end of his career, he returned to mechanics, and applied his decades of knowledge as an instructor to new tradespeople at Olds College, Keyano College, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
After retiring at age 60, Russell and Barb moved (for the 17th time) to the lovely community of Bawlf, where they soon joined the Bawlf and Strome Seniors Clubs. Many days were spent competing in floor curling, shuffling, and playing cards with their friends. Russell and Barbara also enjoyed travelling around Western Canada with their family and made several trips abroad. Russell and Barbara recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary, a few months before celebrating Russell’s 64th birthday this summer.
We will all miss his sparkling blue eyes, generous laugh, quick smile, and love of life. Many thanks to our extended family, near and far, and friends who supported us throughout this time. Russell and his family would also like to recognize the excellent public healthcare that Russell received following his diagnosis. Thank you to the doctors, nurses, EMT’s, Paramedics, and all staff of the following, who all contributed to Russell’s healthcare: The University of Alberta Emergency department (Edmonton), U of A Neurosciences ICU, U of A Neurosurgery, U of A OT and PT, The Cross Cancer Institute, St. Mary’s Emergency department (Camrose), St. Mary’s Hospital, Daysland Emergency department, Daysland Hospital, STARS Air Ambulance, Alberta Ambulance Services, and Camrose Homecare. Our public healthcare system in Alberta is incredible. Please support these incredible healthcare workers. They guide people like us through some of the most difficult periods in our lives.
As was his wish, Russell donated his brain to the Calgary Brain Bank, to assist in research related to Glioblastomas, and other neurological conditions.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation in Russell’s Memory, his wish was to support the following organizations: Boyle Street Community Services, The Mustard Seed, STARS Air Ambulance, or your local food bank.
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