November 14, 1921 – August 4, 2013
On August 4, 2013, Edmund Kluczny passed away peacefully at the age of 91 years of pancreatic cancer.
Edmund will always be remembered and loved by his children, Lyle Kluczny (Ann Powell), Lynda Grabenweger (Terry James), Debbie Gouthro (Lawrence), Karen Rurka (Rick), and step-son, Kevin Heath (Donna), as well as by Edmund’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Georgina and Ruth’s families and numerous other family and friends.
Edmund was predeceased by his parents Bert and Marcella Kluczny and two brothers, Harold and Walter Kluczny. Edmund was also predeceased by wives: Maxine Watson, Georgina Kluczny, and Ruth Kluczny.
Edmund was born in Empress, Alberta and later moved to Winfield, Alberta, where he lived with his family and attended school at Telfordville and the Poplar Valley School District. After graduating from high school in 1938, he began cooking at a forestry camp at Buck Lake before becoming a World War Two pilot.
After the War, Edmund ran the Buck Lake store before studying at the University of Alberta to become a teacher. He taught school in the Edmonton area until he moved to the Columbia Valley in the late 70s. Here Edmund was involved with the Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Legion, Seniors Centre, and a variety of other programs and committees. Edmund also competed in speed walking with the Seniors Games from 1989 until 2012. He maintained a healthy lifestyle until his illness in April, 2013.
A celebration of Edmund’s life will be held August 16, 2013, 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Radium Hot Springs, B.C., with fellowship and refreshments at the Seniors Centre in Invermere, B.C., after the service.