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DORSCHER, Kenneth (Ken) Carlyle

August 28, 1931 – Bow Island, Alberta

April 10, 2019 – Okotoks, Alberta

It is with great sadness the family of Ken Dorscher wishes to announce his passing on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the age of 87 years.

Ken was born and raised in Bow Island, AB. After graduating high school Ken worked for PFRA, rebuilding the Bow River Irrigation System near Arrowood, AB. He then went on to work for UMA Consulting Engineers, Canadian Betchel Limited where a colleague from work shared his adventures in New Zealand piquing Ken’s interest. In December 1959, Ken took an extended leave of absence and travelled by ship to New Zealand. Over the years, Ken often shared his photographs and memories of his trip with his family. After returning to Canada, he was employed by Walker Newby Consulting Engineers as a Drafting Technician where he worked for nearly thirty-four years. Ken met his wife Sharron while taking dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. They wed on December 29, 1964 and together raised their four children. Ken was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who always put his family first. His children and grandchildren brought him great joy. He was an active member of St. Cecilia’s parish for over fifty years. In the late 1980’s he joined Council 4878 of the Knights of Columbus. He served in a number of positions on the council, joined the 4th degree in 1989, and was active in the Colour Corps.

Ken is survived by his wife Sharron, daughter Lori (Loren) Henneigh, and their children Amanda and Shae-Lynn; son Kim (Ivania) and their children Steven and Ashley; and daughter Karen (Dean) Turner and children Joey and Samira. Ken was predeceased by his son Lee, parents, Valentine and Josephine; sister Anna Sneddon, and brothers George and Joe.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (321 – 90th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB) on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (321 – 90th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB) on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  Graveside Service to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Reception to follow at the Parish Hall. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Administrative Office, 10531 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton AB T5H 4K1.  Tel: (1-866) 950-5465,, or to the Parish at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Ken Dorscher, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Honourable Nick Taylor

    It is always tough to see an old neighbor go.
    Keneth was always a gentleman with a quiet sense of humour.
    God Bless and my condolences to the family

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  2. Please know that I send my sympathy to the Dorscher family.

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  3. Goodbye my old friend Mr. Kenneth Dorscher. My old friend of the thirties and the forties. I remember how we used to snow shoe our way over to Sunnymeade School to take arithmetic from Mr. Carl Carlson. Then in milder weather we used to ride our painted ponies to the school and take social studies from Mr. Jack Thomas. We used to race our domocrats in Cherry Coulee over by the Alex Gyorfi Sr. place. It was a bit further to go because the Dorscher farm was on the Nemiscam road some 2 miles north of the John Ley place. We would take our Remington 22 caliber rifles over to the Buster Casper farm and shoot the ground squirrels around Mary’s potato patch. Shame they closed the Sunnymeade school back on 1943 and we had to find our way into Bow Island with Nick Taylor, Nick Ancion, Kathleen Gyorfi, Alex Gyorfi, Betty Szansiszlo and others.

    My deepest Condolence to the family,
    Steve Gruzman Jr. (Szansiszlo Family)

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  4. Dear Lori,

    My heart is with you and your family. I hope you can find some solace in the cherished memories created over the years. Take the very best of care and know that your Calgary work family is here for you.

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  5. Dear Lori and family,

    I pray for the peace and comfort of God to be on all of you as you remember and say goodbye to you dad, grandpa, husband. May the memories of him and the pieces of him in your hearts give you comfort. Take good care of each other. We are here if you need anything.

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  6. My heart goes out to you Karen. I know how special your dad was to you. Lots of love and prayers to you and your family.

    Your sister in law

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  7. Richard and Dallas ( Schmidt) Mitchell

    We are so sorry for your lost, but memories last a lifetime.

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