August 18, 1946 – April 14, 2014
Mervin Joseph Wolfleg was born on August 18, 1946 and passed away suddenly on Monday, April 14, 2014 with his wife cradling him in her arms. Mervin was a man who touched many lives all over the world. He was a very kind and humorous man that lit up any room that he went into. Everyone was welcomed into his house with a greeting and a cup of tea. He called everyone his brother or sister and taught his kids to call their cousins brothers or sisters (even second cousins). Relatives fondly remember the family get togethers full of laughter that he organized: Christmas, Easter, birthdays, skating parties, and his famous barbeques and jams with his brothers, and eventually, sons and nephews. He was very traditional. In Mervin’s early years he was active with ranching, farming, rodeo, hockey, track & field, football, boxing, etc.: later community wellness and political activism, education and in his later years he was an Anglican minister. Mervin raised his family with both Siksika and Anglican traditions. He taught all his kids to dance and sing pow-wow and was a founder of the Blackfoot A-1 Club and the Eagle Hill Dance Troupe. Mervin was an accomplished artist (the many logos he designed are still in use across Siksika and other places) poet, teacher, counsellor, song writer, guitar player, drummer and carpenter. Mervin spent his last years ministering to the Tsuu Tina Nation, who adopted him as one of their own. Russel Big Crow and his family captured him and he was very proud of the fact that he spent over a decade in Tsuu Tina. Mervin lived a full life, full of faith and prayer and love. He wanted everyone to celebrate his life and not mourn his passing.
He is survived by his wife June (nee Boucher, from the enchanting world of BC); children Marianne Black, Samuel (Treena) Wolfleg, Theresa(Dory) Wolfleg, Janey Wolfleg, Joseph Wolfleg, Holly (Tyler) Wolfleg and Buckley (Kelly) Wolfleg, his nephew/son Adrian Spike Wolfleg, adopted sons Sheldon Scalplock, Jason Black, Trevor Stimson, Lance Little Light, Franklin Little Chief, and Ty Yellow Old Woman; adopted daughters Verna Collins, Crystal Low Horn, Gaylene Eagle Speaker, and Pearl Healy; his grandchildren Liana, Paul, Gloria, Tessa, Rhett, Jay, Ian, Damien, Wray, Jonah, Mayz, Tia, Jazzlyn, his boy Cohen (whom he raised); his cat Muffin (who is still waiting for him); siblings Allan (Rosaria) Wolfleg, Mark Jr. (Madeline)Wolfleg, Agar (Fran) Wolfleg, Alvine (Spike Sr.) Eagle Speaker, Butch Wolfleg, Colleen Sitting Eagle, and George Jason; adopted siblings Heather (Ian) John, Margie (Charlie) Watson and Barry Melting Tallow. He was pre-deceased by his parents Mark Sr. and Mary Margaret Wolfleg (nee Little Chief), sister Darlene (Darbie) Scout, adopted brother Dwight Drunken Chief, adopted children Sherry Three Suns, Woodrow Three Suns, his grandbabies Jessica and Jacinta Wolfleg and his mentors Joe and Beatrice Poor Eagle. Mervin also leaves behind many relatives Little Chief, Low Horn, Many Heads, Wadsworth, TailFeathers, Backfat, Turning Robe, Stabbed Last, SpringChief, Three Suns, Eagle Ribs, Dyler, Delaney, PoorEagle, Hind Bulls, Running Crane and BraveRock. The family apologizes for anyone we may have inadvertently left out.
Wake Services will be held at Gordon Yellow Fly Memorial Arbour (Siksika Nation, AB) on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at Gordon Yellow Fly Memorial Arbour (Siksika Nation, AB) on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eagle Hill Cemetery. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Thank you to the South Calgary Dialysis Center, Foothills Hospital. And Sisksika Homecare.
In living memory of Rev. Mervin Wolfleg, a tree will be planted at Siksika Nation, AB by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences