Sam Bundt


BUNDT, Sam born June 25, 1954 passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on June 2, 2014. Sam was the son of Dolores (nee Beebe) and Carl Bundt born in Carroll, Iowa. He moved to Canada in 1961 and was raised in the Bottrel area. He was the second oldest of four children. Sam married Barb Tempany on October 16, 1976 and they had three sons. Sam is survived by his loving wife Barb of nearly 38 years; his sons Jason (Mandy), Jeff (Brandy) and Matt plus nine grandchildren; Jacob, William, Brynn, Tanner, Magen, Rorie, Haly, Madison and Thad. Sam is also survived by his sister Melody (Tom)Bundt Witwer; brothers Kelly and Justin (Michelle); his mother-in-law, Cec Tempany; brother-in-law Bill (Laura) Tempany; sister-in-law Betty (Art) Frey; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, countless associates, neighbours and friends. Sam was predeceased by his father Carl in 1991, his mother Dolores in 2009, his father-in-law Gordon in 2009 and infant granddaughter Emma in 2010. Sam packed a lot into his life. He was ‘salt of the earth’ and loved the outdoors and the rural life. He worked 35 years for the Government of Alberta and had a career that was very rewarding. The Fish and Wildlife family is a close knit group and numerous have demonstrated their concern and respect with visits, calls, emails and texts which have all been very much appreciated. Sam’s passion for rural life became a reality with the move to the Drayton Valley area in 1989. His animal husbandry was evident in stock always being well cared for. This move allowed the ‘Bundt boys’ to be raised in the country, participate in 4-H and learn how to work and pull together as a family. Sam was very kind but seldom missed the opportunity to tell a joke or pull a prank on someone. The twinkling blue eyes of Sam’s can be recognized in each of the grandchildren. This sense of humour will be one of his legacies as will his integrity, honesty and trustworthiness. The memories of Sam will be permanently inked in the minds of all that met and loved him. His seemingly endless supply of patience with people would typically bring out the best in everyone. He faced his battle with pancreatic cancer determined to celebrate his blessings and be thankful instead of being bitter. Services will be held at the MacKenzie Conference Centre, 5745 – 45 Avenue, Drayton Valley on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. with Mr. Dwayne Henley officiating. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation or the charity of your choice. The family would also like to extend special thanks for the care given by the medical staff of the Drayton Valley Hospital, as well as numerous doctors and staff of the University of Alberta Hospital, the Misericordia Hospital, the Royal Alexandra Hospital and the Red Deer Regional Hospital.

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Allan Betty

Barb, we are so sorry to learn of Sam’s passing. I remember when the two of you were married and I always enjoyed working with him at Bow Valley Park. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. May the Lord Himself comfort and keep you close.
Betty(nee Taylor) and Allan

carol bancroft

Melody and Families: We are so sorry to read of Sam’s passing.
Cochrane classmates, Paul Brodie of Bowden and Carol Bancroft of DeWinton.

Linda Dolen

It is with great sadness and our deepest sympathy to you Barb and your boys and family. Sam was such a special part of our hearts and lives. There are no words to say in this time of great sadness, know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

love always
Linda, Louise, and Norma Dolen

We will not be able to be there in the celebration of our dear Sam’s life, the angels came much too soon, we will be there in spirit and prayers.

Donna Schley

To all of the Bundt family I am sorry to learn of Sam’s passing. He was a funny prankster and generous sole. I have worked as a Conservation Officer for Alberta Park in Kananaskis Country for many years, and was trained by Sam in both firearms and control tactics. He left you much too soon.
Donna Schley

Beth Moritz

Barb, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Beth Moritz

Diane Hutchinson

Dear Barb and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this heartbreaking time. There’s nothing I can say that will ease your pain but I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you. Sam was a kind and gentle soul with such a great sense of humour. My deepest condolences.

Diane Hutchinson

Dennis Prodan

Sam was an inspiration and the example of a true leader for my fellow Fish and Wildlife Officers and I. I learned so much from Sam just by watching him and paying close attention to what he had to say. I had to because he could have crushed me like a twig. He gave us something to aspire towards and showed that the professional and empathetic approach to dealing with people was the way to go. Sam’ legacy will live on through his family as it will within his extended family, the Fish and Wildlife family. He will always be in our hearts and our minds. Thank you to Sam’s loved ones for sharing him with us.

Dennis Prodan
District Fish & Wildlife Officer
Edmonton District

Andrew Gustavson

I wish to send my deepest condolences to you Barb and the rest of the family. I first met Sam working as a seasonal Officer out of Edson in 1996. Right from the start I noticed that he carried himself in such a way as to earn your respect instantly. Later when I became a full-time Fish and Wildlife Officer, Sam patience and skill as a firearms trainer was appreciated, when an Officer was struggling on the range. The mischievous smile when he had gotten away with a good natured prank always lite up the room or gun range.
Regrettably I will not be able to attend the Service but I wanted the Bundt family to know of how highly he was thought of within “our” Fish and Wildlife family.

Andrew Gustavson
Fish and Wildlife

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