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William E "Bill" Hronek

Born: Sun., Jun. 6, 1943
Died: Wed., May 7, 2014


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Mon., May 12, 2014


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Bill passed away suddenly at home on May 7, 2014 at the age of 70.
Bill was born June 6, 1943 in Castor, Alberta. He was the third of six children of Tony and Edith Hronek. Their home was located between the Doan’s and the Jamison’s, so was often the gathering place of the neighbours. Bill took his schooling in Halkirk and then went to work at the coal mine for a short time before returning to the family farm. Bill started a carpentry apprenticeship in Calgary which led him to a job constructing what is now Sunshine Village. Bill then got on with a seismic company Bertran Drilling, and worked in the Arctic for many years. He loved telling the story of when the polar bear came into their camp and they were trapped in the bunk house for 2-3 days until the natives came to their rescue. It was during these years that he met his wife Mickey Elhard. They were married June 24, 1972. Bill and Mickey had two sons, Jason and Clinton. The family remembers travelling many miles in a holiday trailer following the pipeline across all of Alberta, north to south, east to west. At this time he was working for Caribou Pipelines installing gas lines for rural co-ops across the province. On weekends, Bill and Mickey would drive home with the kids and spend the weekend clearing the half section they purchased for farming. When the kids were in middle school, Bill decided to change his career to be closer to his family. He took a job at the school, worked for Esso hauling fuel, then he started up his own oilfield maintenance company, Castor Oilfield Services. When he dissolved his company, he decided to retire.
In Bill’s early years, he enjoyed the race track and worked for Hally Walgenbach with his chuck wagons. Even to this day, Bill and Mickey followed the chuck wagon circuit each season in person or over the radio. Bill loved fishing, camping, and being with his family. One of Bill’s claims to fame is that he got the first hole-in-one at the Castor golf course. Bill and Mickey travelled many miles and spent countless hours in arenas watching Clinton play hockey. Bill finally got his two daughters when Jason married Lisa and Clinton married Tina. Bill would light up when the grandkids were around. His oldest granddaughter Hailey (Jason’s) had him wrapped around her finger instantly. We laugh as we remember when grandpa took Hailey fishing and she had to pee. Grandpa made her squat in front of the truck, which was a first for her. Later Maddox and Kennedy (Clinton’s) were added to the family. He was notorious for allowing chocolate before breakfast and snuggling the babies to sleep. The family spent time together at the Shuswaps at their lake lot and were joined by many visitors. Bill taught many kids and young adults how to play crib over the summer months and became a second dad and grandpa to the repeat visitors. We have many memories of camping together with the Howe family for their annual reunion. It was important to Bill to be a part of these family gatherings. Bill was the guy that could fix anything and had the patience to re-finish things to make them look new again.
Bill leaves to mourn his loving wife Mickey; sons Jason (Lisa) and Clinton (Tina); grandchildren: Hailey, Maddox and Kennedy; his sisters: Darlene Reykdal of Red Deer, Marjorie Sorensen of Hanna and Dorothy Evers of North Bay, Ontario.  He was predeceased by his parents Anthony and Edith; parents-in-law Albert and Mildred Elhard; brothers: Donald and Robert (Bob) and brothers-in-law Bill Sorensen and David Reykdal.

A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. in the Castor Community Hall, Castor, Alberta.

Memorial Donations may be made in loving memory of bill to Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital Foundation or Castor Minor Sports.

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Joyce Blumhagen
   Posted Thu May 08, 2014

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by The Bogath Family.

To Mickey and Family, Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family on the loss of your loved one. The Bogath family


Muriel Hofman
   Posted Sat May 10, 2014
Sorry to hear about Bill, Mickey. My thoughts are with you & your family!!!

Terri Lynn Hill
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014
Lisa, Jason, Hailey, Glenn and Jennifer and family,
we are very sorry to hear of your loss, know that he is in your heart and memories forever.
thinking of you today,
Sincerely.
Terri Lynn and Bob Hill

Terri Hill
   Posted Mon May 12, 2014

TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was sent by Terri Lynn Hill.

Jason, Lisa, Hailey, Glenn and Jennifer and family we are very sorry to hear of your loss, know that we are thinking of you today, our hearts are with you Sincerely, Bob and Terri Lynn Hill


Laura Etty
   Posted Wed May 14, 2014
Mickey and family. My deep sympathy to you all. Bill was always so proud to tell me about you when ever I saw him. He was so proud of the grandchildren and loved to play with them. I send you my love.

Neal and Lorna Walgenbach
   Posted Thu May 15, 2014
Our deepest sympathy is extended to all the family. Neal has many fond memories of his time spent with Bill when he worked for Neal's dad, Hally.

Jim and Terry Perry
   Posted Fri May 16, 2014
Mickey and Family
We are so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Brock and Elaine Crysler,Moose Jaw
   Posted Sun May 18, 2014
Sorry, I'm so late Mickey and Boys...we have many happy,good memories of our years in Castor, and can never forget Bill's great smile and friendliness as a neighbour and friend! Hugs for Jason and Clint, good guys, just like the "old man"...he will be missed for sure!!Take care all!
Brock and Elaine Crysler

Susan Thieleman
   Posted Tue May 20, 2014
Dear Mickey and family, I'm so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. I always said he was my Mr. Wilson as we often talked over the fence or in the back alley. He was always so very kind to me and always said such positive things about my dogs and the puppies that I foster. He always asked how Simon was doing with his hockey. I'm sure going to miss him. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs and love from Sue, Daniel and Simon

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