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SIX, Ivan Mearns

August 22, 1917 – Settler, AB
May 9, 2014 – Calgary, AB

Ivan Mearns Six passed away peacefully May 9, 2014 at Calgary, Alberta at the age of 96 years.

Ivan was predeceased by his father (Albert) and mother (Margaret) and first wife Ruth (McDowell).

He is survived by Anna, his beloved wife of 41 years, children (Doug, Steve, Ken, Karen, and Cameron), step-children (Pat, Don, and Carolyn-Joy) and numerous grand children and great grand children.

Ivan lived a long, full life. He loved the outdoors and had many fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and prospecting adventures with family and friends. Ivan was a meticulous craftsman and threw himself fully into his many projects such as making graphite fishing rods and faceting gemstones.

Ivan loved to travel and experience new places and cultures. One of his most treasured life experiences was the 3 years spent in Rumbai, Indonesia with Anna while working for Caltex. He always wanted to see what was around the next bend in the river or the next rise of the mountain.

Ivan was born August 22, 1917 in Stettler Alberta. He grew up on a farm near Stettler and financed part of his University education by working at mining operations near Kaslo and in the Bugaboo mountains of B.C. after high school. Ivan graduated from the University of Alberta in 1943 with a Mining Engineering degree followed by a Masters of Petroleum Engineering degree from the University of California at Berkley after a short working period at Turner Valley, Alberta. Ivan had a long and distinguished career in the oil industry as a Petroleum Engineer and was awarded a lifetime APEGA membership. One of his more remarkable work experiences was working on the CANOL project on the Mackenzie River with his best friend and brother in law Dr. Charles Stelck during World War II.

Ivan was a man of great integrity who believed that his Christian faith was the foundation of his life.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Beverley Age Care and the Calgary South Health Campus Unit 68 for the care and support they provided. The family will gather for a celebration of Ivan’s life in mid July, 2014.

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In living memory of Ivan Six, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Stan Borowski :

    My condolences to Ivan’s family.
    My 1st mentor when I joined California Standard Company in 1961 was Ivan Six. Great guy! It was wonderful working with him.

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  2. Ted and Joy Jones :

    Our deepest sympathy to you. Ivan has had such a long, full life. It was our pleasure to know you both in Rumbai……some great memories.
    It has been a long time since you and your friend visited us in Fullerton.
    May God Bless you.
    Joy and Ted Jones

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  3. Garth and Barbara Greenwood :

    To Anna and family
    Please accept our condolences on Ivan’s passing. What a wonderful long and full life.
    I enjoyed working with Ivan while we were at Chevron.

    Garth and Barbara Greenwood

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  4. We are very sorry to learn of Ivan’s passing. He and Anna were very involved in our lives and the lives of our family members. Please keep us informed regarding details of any further plans to honor Ivan and celebrate his life.

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  5. Dave Mercer :

    I have many treasured memories of time spent with Ivan. He helped me catch my first steelhead and my first salmon, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

    Ivan’s passion for getting the most out of life set a fine example for me, as I’m sure it did for all who knew him. Ivan was a man who I looked up to, and his full life is one we should celebrate. I will miss you, Ivan, but never forget you!

    Much Love to Anna and the family

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  6. Neil & Meredi Bittle :

    I, Meredi, remember singing at Ivan’s wedding with Anna and sensing the blessing that God was bringing into that union. Was it really 41 years ago? Over the years we had short visits during our furlough times from Brazil. We cherish those times we spent with Ivan and Anna.
    He was always very supportive of our work with MAFC and always a great encouragement to us. God blessed him with a long and productive life.

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