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Ronald Kenneth Gaalaas
April 8, 1947 - April 22, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">Heaven has welcomed a beautiful angel, Ronald Kenneth Gaalaas. After being diagnosed with<br />an aggressive and terminal cancer, Mesothelioma, Ron defied all odds with his insatiable<br />appetite for life and family, giving us all a gift of two more years of his life. On April 22, Ron<br />rested in everlasting peace surrounded by the eternal love of his family; his wife Marilyn;<br />daughter Lorie (Jim); son Ronald Jr. (Blaire); daughter Tammy; son Michael (Kristina);<br />grandchildren Kathryn (Kate), Ronald Kenneth III (Ronnie), Avery, Chloe, Abby, Paris, Skyler,<br />Kailyn, Samuel (Sam) and Chloe; sisters Pamela Mullen and Janet Kay Hambling. Ron was<br />preceded in death by his parents, Ariel Owen Kenneth Gaalaas (Johnny) and Frances Enid Rice<br />Gaalaas (Enid).<br />Ron, the middle child of three, was born April 8, 1947, in Camrose, Alberta. On August 4, 1967,<br />he married his true love, Marilyn Joyce Wandell, in Edmonton, Alberta, where they continued to<br />live and raise their four children. Ron began his career as a ticketed sheet metal worker and<br />boiler maker. He enjoyed a career at Imperial Oil (Agrium) in Redwater for 20 years which<br />prompted the family's move in 1981. Ron dedicated his life to his family and his enjoyment of<br />his hobbies which included hunting, fishing, camping, puttering in his garage and collecting<br />gadgets and gizmos. His jovial personality and sense of humour were always enjoyed by those<br />around him. He felt his greatest accomplishments in life were his beautiful marriage to his wife<br />and the successes and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.<br />A celebration of Ron's life will be held on Saturday, April 30, at 10:00am at Evergreen Memorial<br />Gardens &amp; Funeral Home located at 16204 Fort Road, Edmonton, Alberta.<br />Donations may be made in his memory to the Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation or on-line at<br /> and follow the<br />prompts.<br /></div>