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KLANING, Leif Douglas

March 2, 1965 – July 15, 2012

Doug Klaning of Calgary, passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at the age of 47 years to a place of peace, rest and no pain.

Doug was the joy of our lives, the spark that made our family fun. We always looked forward to him coming home. He took most of his schooling in Red Deer. He had many friends; all were very important to him.

He loved sports, hockey, skiing and most of all golfing. He had just won a golf tournament and called to tell us. He was both an artist and mathematician. Doug endured chronic back pain daily plus debilitating diabetes – yet he still went to work every day and did it well. He was a born salesman with wonderful manners.

He leaves to mourn the joy of his life, daughter Makena, his Mother Shirley (Marvin) Mackie; two sisters Deborah Lengyel and Gloria (Scott) Henriksen; two nieces Bria and Denae; nephew Brody; father Leif J. Klaning his golfing partner. His pal Bosly the large black lab, his running partner, his soul mate and best friend Sheila Musgrove.

He was predeceased by his son Tyler resulting from a car accident. After which Doug fell into a deep depression he couldn’t lift himself out of. Our hearts cry out because you’re gone, but we’ll meet again in Heaven.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday, July 20, 2012 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Doug’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Friday, July 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Doug’s memory may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.ca

In living memory of Doug Klaning, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Dannette Lightbown :

    My deepest sympathies to Doug’s loving family and friends.

    Doug’s shining attitude and beaming personality will be missed by all that were fortunate to be a part of his life.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    With deepest respect

    Dannette Lightbown

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  2. My heartfelt thoughts are with Doug’s family & best friend & soul mate Sheila. Although we crossed each others paths briefly so many years ago – Doug left an everlasting impact. I missed him since then – I will continue to miss him still. Doug is and always will be a wonderful significance to all who knew him. Much peace my friend – rest well – we will take care & think of you often & smiles will always fill our hearts when we do.

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  3. Margot schnell enbom :

    So many wonderful memories of growing up in red deer, literally four houses away from each other. Elementary school together, escapades down in the forest, Dale Callahan and Doug misbehaving, I miss you Doug!

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  4. Barbara Mathewson and family :

    Our prayers and condolences are extended to all of you from all of us at this sad, sad time. May God ease this pain for all of us.

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  5. Rob Nadalutti :

    My deepest condolences to the Klaning Family. Doug was a friend and a great representative of the entire Oil and Gas Sector in which he worked in. Always trying to ensure that the industry and the people who worked within it did their best, in a safe and responsible manner. He will be missed for his infectious laugh and great personality.

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  6. Deb Marshall :

    Words could never express the pain I feel in my heart at a time like this. I ache for you and the loss you are feeling. My heartfelt condolences.

    Even though he is gone his memory will forever remain in our hearts. His infecteous smile and friendly face shall never fade. We will think of him as we carry on each and every day. The good times we will remember and all the days spent together will remain in our memories forever. So when you start to get down and you really want to cry just think of the fun times and don’t even wonder why. Just leave it at that and know he’s better now. He is in a better place. His heart was right with God. So Doug we love you and we will miss you so very much but we know you’re much happier. So watch over us all and make sure we’re okay and we will see you once again someday.

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  7. Anthony De-Heer :

    Dear Klaning family,

    I am truly saddened by Douglas’s death. Douglas was more than just a friend; he was an amazing person. He was always so kind and considerate to us that we always welcomed seeing him at every opportunity.
    His passing will not only leave a void in our lives, but in the hearts of everyone who knew him. Douglas’s memory will always remain deep within my heart.
    If there is anything that I can do to help you in anyway, please do not hesitate to call me at anytime. You can phone me to talk. I am always here for you and your family at a moment’s notice.
    My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With deepest sympathy,

    Anthony De-Heer
    Executive Consultant

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  8. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

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  9. So sorry for your loss. I knew Doug from years ago in Red Deer. Always had time for the little guys. He will be missed.

    Cam

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  10. Corry Badger :

    Dear family of Doug Klanning,
    Praying for you in your loss. Our hearts go out to you. Doug was best friends with my son, Wade Drost, during their elementary school days in Sunnybrook. Doug was a wonderful guy who had a great smile and so much fun.We cherish many memories. May it console you to know others care and pray for you. – Corry Badger and Randy Drost

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  11. Greg Hladun :

    I’m so sorry to hear about Doug. He was a good loyal friend. We did business together but I always felt he was a friend first and salesman secondly.

    Greg Hladun

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  12. Shaunna Caplette :

    My heart goes out to Doug’s entire family, and all of his friends. I am truly sorry that we have lost such a bright light.
    My deepest condolences.
    Shaunna Caplette

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  13. Leanne (Eriksen) Sunderland :

    My deepest condolences to the Klaning family!
    I have many great memories of Doug in Red Deer, years ago and also in recent times!!
    Leanne Sunderland

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  14. Sarah Bowder :

    Compassion, integrity, love, laughter, shining eyes, gracious, fun-loving… just a few words that come to mind when I think of my dear friend, Doug. I miss you.

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  15. glen matthew :

    I first met Doug when I was in grade seven through my friendship with Dale Callahan. We remained friends throughout school and then drifted apart after graduation. Fortunately, I was blessed two years ago to re-connect. This time we stayed connected and I feel truly blessed. During that time, I got to know the real Doug and the amazing man he had become. I got to see his compassion for others at work. For example, when Angie Fitzsimons, my girlfriend, was in hospital he visited frequently, bringing thoughtful gifts and lifting her spirit through caring conversation, encouragement, humor and genuine expressions of love. Doug also joined us at many functions; some here at my place in Sylvan Lake, some at outdoor festivals, some at a bar, some at a golf tournament and some at Angie’s house in Calgary. During those times, I saw Doug stepping forward for others. I remember Doug confronting intoxicated persons to ensure the safety of the ladies. I remember Doug chopping wood so others could enjoy a warm fire. I remember Doug making others feel happy and safe through his laughter and sincere desire to listen to what others had to say. I remember Doug staying sober and driving us all home safely. To me, Doug was an amazing man. I am truly grateful for the time we had and I will cherish my memories. I have learned much from Doug and I will do my best to keep his spirit alive by following his examples and stepping forward too. Thank you Doug and God Bless you. I miss you deeply and feel immense comfort knowing you are in a better place.

    My sincere condolences to Family Friends and Bosely,
    Glen Matthew

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  16. Jean Paul LaBelle :

    My sincerest condolences to Doug’s family and loved ones for this great loss. Doug was well known, and well liked by all of us who grew up in the early ’80s Comp/Camille community.

    You will always be one of the good sons of Red Deer, Doug. You will be missed.

    Jean Paul LaBelle

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  17. Brian & Jenny Barker :

    We are so sorry to hear your sad news, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    From Brian & Jenny Barker, friends of Doug’s in UK.

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  18. Joyce (Walter) Robinson :

    I am an old friend of Doug’s from Sunnybrook and was excited to reconnect with him through facebook. He was a part of my best elementary school memories. Rest in peace, Doug.

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  19. Heather (Dye) Miller :

    It is with a sad heart that I send along condolences for the loss of your dear son Doug. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time.

    I know there aren’t any words that can help or heal but know that he is fondly remembered always and did touch many lives! His smile and loving nature were an example to all.

    I was happy that I got the chance to see him at Christmas time in Calgary and have brunch with him and Sheila. What a fine young man to be proud of! I always felt a bond with Doug because our Mom’s knew each other when they were younger and we even talked about it the last time we spoke. Mom ( Dodi ) wanted to send along her love and condolences also. She feels heart sick for you at this time and wanted you to know she is thinking of you and sends her love your way.

    With Love,

    Heather (Dye) Miller and Family, Kelowna

    Deloris Dye and Family, Red Deer

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  20. Joy Stewart :

    Doug’s family: I was so sorry to hear about Douglas. I actually gasped when I was going through the paper today and saw his picture. I went to school with him and had a huge crush on him. He reminded me of John Travolta. Despite him being a “dreamboat” it was nice to know he was a truely nice guy. I lost my father just this past March. My mom passed away in 2000 and I went through a clinic depression. When we are in the midst of the darkness, it is difficult to believe there will be any light after it. I will keep you all in my prayers. He probably wouldn’t remember me from school but I remembered him.

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  21. John Eberley :

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am so sorry for our collective loss. I first met Doug (and Dale) at a party – we were all too young to be attending. After Graduation I would run into Doug every other year. Doug had the ability to always make ‘you’ feel good about yourself. A rare gift, one the world could certainly use more of. Doug will be missed in ways which cannot be expressed.
    Requiescat in Pace

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  22. Rest in Peace Doug. My old hockey line mate and classmate from Eastview Junior High School and LTCHS. One memory that I can easily recall was when I met Doug atop the 5M diving platform at the Recreation Centre pool. I was extremely nervous but Doug reassured me and then proceeded to do a back flip without any hesitation. I followed him with a less graceful move into the water
    Godspeed Doug!!
    Sincerely, Mike Hulyk

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  23. Michael Bouvier :

    My heart is extremely heavy..Can’t believe my buddy is gone. Doug, I will so miss you and the many times we sat and just talked. Mike Bouvier

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  24. Lewis Callahan :

    I am at a loss for words. Doug was always over at my parents house with my younger brother Dale. What a winning personality, and a smile that could light up the room. Doug always had a story that could make me chuckle. My sympathy to the family. Rest in Peace Doug.

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  25. Heather Doyle, Petroleum Services Association of Canada :

    On behalf of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) I would like to express our heartfelt sadness of your loss. Doug did love golf, he Chaired and volunteered for many years on the PSAC Education Fund Committee. Doug knew the staff at PSAC and worked for many member companies. He will be sadly missed at our annual PSAC Education Fund Golf Classic.

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  26. Shirley, Debbie, Gloria, & Leif, I pray for you in this difficult time; It’s such sad news. Doug was one of a kind, that’s for sure, and he will be deeply missed. The times we had together I will always remember: Doug holds a very special place in my heart.

    I learned a lot from Doug, and I will never forget his caring and considerate ways. Our lives pulled us in different directions and cities, and over time we drifted apart.

    Doug and I ran into each other a few years ago, and we had a long talk, updating each other on where we were in our lives. Doug was truly beaming when he talked about his boy, so I don’t doubt for a minute the hurt he must have felt after losing him (which I didn’t know about until yesterday). Doug had such a big heart, and cared so much…

    We had a lot of good times in the Sunnybrook and Bower homes, and we learned a lot. Shirley, you were such an awesome mom to Doug, and he loved you so much; he was the perfect son. I know he’ll be waiting in heaven to meet you and reconnect; he’s in a safe place now, he’ll be fine.

    I feel blessed to have known Doug, and I’ll never forget him.

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  27. I found out I had a big brother 23 years ago and today I had to say goodbye to a man I thought I had many more years to spend getting to know. We even spoke of sharing our next Birthday celebration together. Thank you for all the wonderful stories today. You are well loved brother Doug and I will miss you. xo

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  28. Tracy Babiak :

    Doug was a foster parent for Pawsitive Match Rescue, he was a caring person and a talented dog trainer. We will miss Doug and we are so sorry to hear of his passing. Condolences from all of us.

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