Kenneth Roy Stiles, beloved husband, father, stockman, philanthropist and businessman, passed away peacefully at his home in Calgary on Friday, February 24, 2006 from complications related to leukemia.
Born in Didsbury, AB, Ken began his education riding a horse to a one-room schoolhouse three miles from the family farm near Didsbury, AB. He attended the Vermilion School of Agriculture as well as the University of Alberta, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Economics and met the love of his life and his wife of forty-four years, Arlene (nee McKay). Ken’s career included farming and ranching, management of growing and successful law firms, senior management positions, and directorships in a variety of Alberta industries. He played a significant role in Hockey Canada, working diligently to ensure a meaningful educational scholarship program for players participating in Canada’s junior leagues. A former leader of the Meadowbank 4-H Beef Club, he was also a founding member of the Pekisko Landowners’ Association and was dedicated to the preservation of fescue grasslands on the Eastern Slopes of the Rocky Mountains. He is among the last of a generation who knows what it was to farm with horses. All who knew him respected his warmth, intelligence, honour, sage counsel and the unbreakable value of his handshake.
Ken is survived and forever missed by his wife Arlene; sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Theresa and Patrick and Patty; grandchildren Madeleine, Eve, Summer and McKay; brother and sister-in-law Donald and Daphne; nephews, Andrew, Philip and Jeff; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Vern and Pat McKay and Maxine and Garry Rogers; nieces and nephews, Kathy, Peggy, Susan, Doug and Debbie. He is predeceased by his son Timothy Edward and his brother Gordon.
Funeral Services will be held at Christ Church Elbow Park (3602 – 8th Street S.W.) on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Southern Alberta Land Trust Society (www.salts-landtrust.org P.O. Box 45016 High River, AB, Canada, T1V 1R7 1-877-999-7258).or to the Canadian MPS Society (www.mpsosciety.ca PO Box 30034 RPO Parkgate, North Vancouver, B.C. V7H 2Y8 1-800-667-1846). The family wishes to thank Drs. Deb Putnam and Karen Valentine for their years of care, loyalty and love.
Arrangements in care of McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. TELEPHONE: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences