Willi Erich Otto Loof of Fort Macleod, beloved husband of Gail DeGinnus Loof, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at the age of 77.
Besides his loving wife Gail, Willi is survived by his children: daughter, Lee Bourassa and her son Derian; son, Nigel (Lina) Loof; his sister, Erika (Wayne) Miller; father-in-law, Michael; and his sisters-in-law, Peggy Clarke and Susan (Doug) Simpson; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Willi was predeceased by his parents Wilhelm and Helene Loof; brother Gunther; and nephew Johnny.
Willi was born Jan. 22, 1937 in Bettingrode, Germany and came to Canada with his family in 1954 and settled in southern Alberta.
On Dec. 4, 1965 he married Gail DeGinnus and the couple began their married life in Fort Macleod. The next year they moved to B.C. where their children were born. In 1972 the family moved back to Alberta, eventually to Fort Macleod.
Willi began his trucking career in 1976 and drove trucks up until he retired in 2002. He drove over three million miles during his years as a trucker and received the ATSA award while driving for Big Horn Transport.
Willi enjoyed doing carpentry work as his hobby and did some beautiful woodwork in his spare time. His biggest enjoyment came from times spent with his family, camping when they were younger, exploring the countryside and some of the museums and sites in the province, and just being a dad and a husband.
Willi’s family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at Fort Macleod Extendicare and to Dr. Beekman for their time and care towards Willi.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at Eden’s Funeral Home, 2424 Fifth Ave., Fort Macleod.
Memorial donations may be made in Willi’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society, 402, 740 Fourth Ave. S., Lethbridge, T1J 0N9.