Reuben Dick

Obituary for my 1st cousin, twice removed;

Reuben Dick
DICK , Reuben Family Well Loved; Friends Well Made; Life Well Lived Reuben Dick passed away in Brooks on February 22, 2009 at the robust age of 93 years, having “got his money’s worth out of life”. Born in McClusky, North Dakota, Reuben moved to Cluny, Alberta with his family when he was eight years old, returned to South Dakota for a few years and came back to Cluny again at the age of twelve, where the Dick family remained for many years. Reuben married his sweetheart Ida Konschuh in November 1938. Together, they farmed and ranched and milked cows in Cluny, Springbank and Strathmore. They moved to Calgary with three children in 1945 where Reuben managed Concrete Drainage Pipe. In 1956, they transferred with that job to Lloydminster, Alberta. In “Lloyd”, Reuben was busy as President of a number of organizations including the Gun Club, Lions Club and Curling Club. He was also General Manager of the Lloydminster Meridians Baseball Team for a few years. In 1962, the family returned to Calgary where Reuben sold mutual funds with Federated Growth, while continuing to enjoy curling, trapshooting, fishing and more. He was well known for his speaking abilities and Ida would often say “he never met a stranger”. In 1968, Reuben moved with his wife and two youngest children to Cassils, just outside of Brooks, to return to farming and ranching. Then in 1974, they moved into town where they remained, moving into Orchard Manor in 2001. While in Brooks, Reuben worked for Bow Slope Shipping, managed some residential properties and began his long-time specialty advertising business “Dick Sales”. Many an area business owner bought pens, caps and calendars from Reuben over a cup of coffee or possibly a game of crib. Reuben was predeceased by his dear wife Ida in 2002 and all his cherished brothers and sisters – Helmuth, Esther, Bertha, Herb, Olga, Theodore, Elizabeth and Jim. He is survived by his five devoted children: Ted (Debbie Kirk) Dick of Calgary; Faye (Doug) Lewis of Portland, Oregon; Lorna Dysart of Calgary; Dennis (Joan) Dick of Gwynne, Alberta; and Cheryl (Ray Burgess) Dick of Lethbridge. He is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren, all of whom he was very proud. He is survived by numerous other relatives including nieces, nephews and cousins as well as friends who will all miss him, his card playing and his humour very much. Funeral Services will be held for Reuben at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Brooks, No. 40 – 10 Street West, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28 with Interment to follow at the Brooks Cemetery. In memory of Reuben and Ida, who both appreciated the support and kindness they received, memorial tributes can be made to the Orchard Manor Resident Council, 951 Cassils Road West, Brooks, AB, T1R 1K9. Arrangements in care of SMITH FUNERAL HOME, BROOKS. Phone Toll Free at 1-866-362-4652.

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