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KERSCH, Henry

March 14, 1926 – Odessa (province), Russia
November 18, 2018 – Didsbury, Alberta

Henry, beloved husband of Alma Kersch (nee Fried) of Crossfield, AB, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

Henry was born in Odessa, Russia on March 14th 1926 to Ludmila and Edward Kersch the second oldest of ten children. The family immigrated to Canada in 1928 when Henry was 2 years old.

Henry and Alma met on October 1948 and married in April 1950 in Hussar, Alberta. The wedding was attended by his brother Emmanuel Kersch and the minister. The service was held at the Baptist church in the Drumheller. They lived in East Coulee just outside of Drumheller where he was a tipple operator for Atlas Coal Mine. They had 2 children when they lived in East Coulee. Both children were born in the Drumheller hospital, Allan (1953) and Gary (1957).

From East Coulee they moved to Forest Lawn, Calgary where they lived in a basement suite belonging to lifelong friends (Susan and Gus Kinas). During his time in Calgary Henry worked at Robin Hood Mills and NuWest Development. While living in the Forest Lawn Henry built their first home in Airdrie, Alberta. The house was built with the help of John Fried and family friends. Henry and his family lived in Airdrie for about 7 years at which time they purchased Crossfield Transport (1967) and moved to Crossfield, Alberta.

After living in the house purchased along with the transportation company they built their 2nd house in an adjoining lot. They currently reside at this location. After running the transport company for 10 years he retired from the transportation industry.

Henry worked closely with his family to build a vacation cabin in Invermere, BC. This has become a very special place for family and friends to gather, enjoying the mountains and lake. Henry’s carpentry craft will be always be on display at the house and be a constant reminder of him and how special he was to us.

Henry used his carpentry skills and under took a number of construction projects around Crossfield. Once the construction projects were completed Henry became the local building inspector.

Once retired, he spent his spare time continuing to perform volunteer services for the Crossfield community. Henry was a key volunteer at the Crossfield Farmers Market and Citizens on Patrol. One job he took very serious was the managing of the Community Hall. He volunteered to take care of the hall and learned all of the unique operational issues that were part of the hall. People would call him at any time of day for assistance. There were times he would jump out of bed to go down to the community hall to help address issues.

He once again used his carpentry skills to build items for the Crossfield Community Hall, United and Baptist Churches in Crossfield. He helped start the Annual Pete Knight Days breakfast with a number of other key volunteers. Henry & Alma also volunteered for the Calgary 1988 Olympics, as security personnel.

In appreciation for his volunteer time he received the Stars of Millennium volunteer award for outstanding community service and contribution in 2003 and 2004, and the Alberta Centennial Medal for outstanding services.

Henry enjoyed carpentry, camping, vacations at Radium Hot Springs area and various other locations in B.C, Winnipeg and Great Slave Lake. He and his wife loved their special trips to London England, Scotland, PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Alaska. He also enjoyed horseback riding with his grand daughter, Chelsea and joking with his grandson Graham. Henry and Alma enjoyed having family and friends over to their home for coffee or supper. There was never a shortage of food to share with everyone. Henry loved to go on fishing and hunting adventures with the family. A special memory we all have is Christmas tree hunting. Every year before Christmas we all went on a trip into the forest to find that special tree. After the tree was found we enjoyed a wiener roast with hot chocolate. He also loved helping his friends and neighbours in any way he could.

Henry is survived by his wife, Alma Kersch, sons, Allan (Virginia) Kersch, Gary Kersch; grandchildren, Graham Kersch, Chelsea (nee Kersch), and Ryan Roch; great-grandchildren, Hudson and Harlee Roch; brothers, Carl (Barb) Kersch, Emmanuel Kersch, and sister, Emma Fitterer (nee Kersch).

Henry was predeceased by his siblings Matilda Schmidt (nee Kersch), Ed Kersch, Martha Smith (nee Kersch), Walter Kersch, Jack Kersch and Johnny Kersch.

Funeral Services will be held at Crossfield Baptist Church (285176 AB-2, Crossfield, AB) on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12:00 AM (viewing) and 1:00 PM (service) with the Graveside Service to follow at the Crossfield Cemetery. Reception to follow at the Church. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Henry Kersch, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100.

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  1. Doug and Sheryl Cale :

    Dear Mrs Kersch, Allan, Gary and families:
    Although we haven’t spent a great deal of time together over the last few years it has not diminished my wonderful memories of your husband and father.
    Our condolences on his passing and know that he certainly touched my life.
    Doug (and Sheryl) Cale

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  2. Kersch Family ,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time

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  3. Our deepest sympathies to the entire Kersch family. Henry was a wonderful soul. We loved him dearly. He will certainly be missed.

    Toby Roch and James Goodwin

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  4. Your memories of Henry show what a full life he led, with family, friends and community. I remember Henry delivering groceries to my dad’s store when I was a teenager. He was always so nice to everyone. My deepest sympathy to Alma and all Henry’s loved ones.

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  5. Dear Alma and Family,
    Sincere thoughts of Sympathy to you at this sad time. Will always remember Henry and you Alma at the dances Ken played for. Those were fun times , great Memories.
    Warm Hugs from Ken and Karen Murdoch and Family

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