William “Bill” Gillis Roy Johanneson


William Gillis Roy Johanneson, long-time resident of Drayton Valley passed away at Kipnes Centre for Veterans on the evening of Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at the age of 98 years. Bill, along with the love of his life, Phyl, made Drayton Valley their home from 1958 to 2017and have resided at Kipnes Centre for Veterans, Edmonton for the past year and a half. Bill made many sacrifices, but most substantial was his engagement in WWII, doing his part, along with many others, to bring Canadians the freedoms we have today. During his many years in Drayton Valley, it brought Bill great pleasure to be as involved as he possibly could in his community and surrounding areas, giving up much of his time to ensure the enrichment of his home town. Bill was a Manager for the Town of Drayton Valley; a Justice of the Peace; served many years on the Drayton Valley Hospital Board; was very much engaged in the Historical Society; was a committed and connected member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #269; and as an Air Cadet Commander, Bill put aside one week of his holidays every year to partake in Cadet Camp in Penhold. Among the countless life experiences, Bill’s greatest commitment, passion and love was that of his family. Bill’s unwavering love and dedication will be greatly missed by his wife and best friend of 73 years, Phyllis; children, Brenda (Ernie) Vandenbiggelar; Aileen (Doug) Proctor, Derrik Johanneson and daughter-in-law, Christine Johanneson; grandchildren, Carianne (Rob) Filipelli, Deanna (Sean) Rafferty, Denise Rogers, Craig (Lisa) Vandenbiggelaar, Jay (Deanne) Johanneson, Joy (Kevin) Sully and Amanda (Paul) Slaught; 18 great-grandchildren and many extended family and friends. Bill is predeceased by two sons, Robin and Barry Johanneson; parents, Gillis and Florence Johanneson; brother, George (Jeanne) Johanneson; sister, Rose (Al) Taylor; nephews, Jimmy and Brian Johanneson and cousin Alvin Johanneson. Warmest appreciation is passed on to the incredible staff at Kipnes Centre for Veterans for the excellent care provided in the past 1 ½ years. A Memorial Service will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #269, 5204 51 Avenue, Drayton Valley on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made directly to Royal Canadian Legion Branch #269 or to Kipnes Centre for Veterans.

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5204 51 Ave, Drayton Valley, AB T7A 1S2

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Brenda and Ernie VandenBiggelaar

Dad, thank you for being my mentor, my guidance through life, the man who gave so much love to me, Ernie, our entire family. You were like a father to Ernie, especially after his Dad passed and he knew you thought of him as a son. We miss seeing you every day when we are with Mom, but we feel blessed to have had your constant loving care for the number of years we did. We love and remember you forever.

Bob & May Barker

Phyllis and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Bill was a wonderful man with a great sense of humor and a ready smile. We always enjoyed his company.

Bruce and Donna Clemmer

We our deeply saddened by your loss. Our condolences to you Phil and family. You are in our thoughts and prayers

Cec and Sharon Koethler

Phyl and family …we are very saddened to hear of your loss, Bill was a good guy , husband , father , grandpa, he always had a ready smile and kind word for everyone he met . He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him …sincerely Cec and Sharon

Robin Wenbourne

I had the absolute privilege of working with ‘Mr. Johanneson’ in the DV Town Office many years ago. A wonderful gentleman and I met his wonderful wife Phyllis.
Even after retirement they kept in touch with us in DV and I truly am honored to have had their kindness in our lives.
My condolences to the entire family. ❤

Bill Blahun

To Brenda, Aileen, Derrick and your families, and your Mom: I am sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away. My most sincere and deepest condolences. Although I didn’t know him, from the obituary and what I know of him, he had accomplished so much in his life and had such a positive influence on so many other people. May the memories you have of him be comforting to you at this most difficult time and forever. Bill Blahun

Randy and Pat

Cherish the memories. They are what helps to get you through the sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

Thank you for the tribute to Kipnes Centre. It was my dad’s last home as well.

Sending hugs. . Randy and Pat.

Wyatt/Lois Gilbertson

Much sadness to hear of Bills passing. Phil and Bill were our wonderful neighbours for years! Condolences Phil and all the family! So sorry to hear of your great loss! Hugs and prayers!

Terrance & Barb MacDonald

Condolences to Bill’s family & friends. He will be missed.

Morton and Sue Downey

We will remember all the times we spent with Bill,. we send best Phyl and all the family.

Sheryl and Paul Coutu

So sorry for your families loss. A great man and will be greatly missed.

Perry and Dawn Hook

We are so sorry for your loss. He was such an important member of our community

Clayton korth

As a former Aircadet of the Drayton Valley Squadron #733, I have gotten the privilege to meet many of the veterans and I remember talking with Bill while waiting for the Rememberance Day Ceremony to start. He was a great man who will be sadly missed.

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