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William Jonassen
July 5, 1920 - March 20, 2014
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<div itemprop="description">JONASSEN, WILLIE&ldquo;JOE&rdquo; LAURIDS <br /> <br />July 5, 1920 in Gjern, Denmark - <br /> <br />March 20, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />On Thursday, March 20, 2014, Joe passed away peacefully at Southwood Hospice at the age of 93 years. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Joe is survived by his wife of 65 memorable years, Joyce Amy Jonassen; his sons, Pat (Gayle) Waters and Paul (Liz-Anne) Jonassen; his 8 grandchildren, Jan, Tracy, Jon (Jodi), Jody, Jill (Ann), Joel (Laurie), Jessica (Curtis), and Colin (Naomi); his great-grandchildren, Brendan, Emma, Amy, and Talia as well as his brother, Larry (Shirley) Jonassen. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />He is predeceased by his son, Lynn (Susan) as well as his brothers, John, Peter, and Eric. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Joe immigrated to Canada at the age of 4 with his parents and brothers. They homesteaded in the Redvers area of Saskatchewan, where Joe lived and worked on the farm until the age of 20, when he left the farm to sign up with the R.C.A.F. during the Second World War. After serving 5 years as a Lancaster bomber navigator, the war ended and Joe returned to Regina, where he met and married Joyce, the love of his life, and her 2 sons, Pat and Lynn. Three years later they had their third son, Paul. Joe worked for 35 years with Imperial Oil in Regina, rural Saskatchewan, Edmonton, and Calgary. He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren skiing, hiking, and enjoying numerous sports. A &ldquo;Rider&rdquo; fan through and through, he also loved to golf; playing his final round at the age of 93; and enjoyed nothing better than a good round of bridge with friends. Joe was a religious man, a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and a true &ldquo;gentleman&rdquo;. He donated endless hours to volunteering at Canada Olympic Park, Meals On Wheels, and his church. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />The family wishes to thank the staff and community at Garrison Greens for making his last years enjoyable, as well as the staff at Southwood Hospice for making his last days as comfortable as possible. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 3704 37 Street SW in Calgary, Alberta. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Donations in Joe&rsquo;s memory may be made to the charity of one&rsquo;s choice. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting . <br /> <br /></div>