We have shared together the blessings of God.
Tony Vanee passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, in Fort Macleod. He has left behind his loving wife of nearly 56 years Dini Vanee; their children: Linda (Theo) Grier, Darrell (Marina) Josh and Matt Grant, Brendan (Lindsay) Zachary and Zoe Grant; Bernita (George) VanderVeen: Yvonne and Anthony Prins, Melissa VanderVeen; Jackie (Tracy), Eric and Bradley Palmer; Rhonda (Barrie) Alexa, Travis and Bethany Loyst.
Tony was predeceased by his son Robert in December 1992.
Tony is survived by 10 brothers and sisters, Riek Van Driesten, John (Matty) Vanee, Janet Vanee, Harry (Lorraine) Vanee, Greta (Dirk) Beekman, Ed (Gwen) Vanee, Jeanette (Dick) Pols, Rita (Rick) Olson, Hank (Marriane) Vanee, Jim (Wendy) Vanee. Also eight brothers and sister-in-laws; Klaasje Struik, Joanne Aleman, Corrie Aleman, Bev (Dan) Fear, Anne (Evert) Tanis, Betty Dykslag, Mike (Mary) Aleman, John (Bea) Aleman. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Tony was predeceased by his parents Reyer (1988) and Fenetje (1995), his siblings Gerrit, Joe, and Wilma, his siblings-in-law Maas Van Driesten, Bill Van Driesten, Arie Struik, Casey and Jenny Aleman, Jake Aleman, Clarence Aleman, Andy Dancek, Moses and Yozina Aleman, and Eddy Dyklsag.
Tony was born on May 26, 1935 in Amersfoort, Netherlands.
Tony and his family emigrated from the Netherlands in 1950. For a short time they lived in Millet and moved to southern Alberta in 1951. He worked in the beets, irrigation, construction, bridge crew and feeding cattle. His trucking aspirations started when he worked for Juris Livestock.
In 1958 he married the love of his life, Dini Aleman. They were blessed with five children.
In 1960, along with his brothers Joe and John, they started Vanee Livestock. Over the next several years along with his brothers he started, bought and owned many other businesses. Tony was thankful that God blessed him with so many years of successful business relationships and he cherished the friendships that grew from these opportunities.
Condolences will be on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Bethel Reformed Church in Monarch from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, at Bethel Reformed Church Monarch at 11 a.m.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4.