Allan Danielson of Camrose passed away on October 23, 2020 at the age of 91 years.
Born on July 7, 1929 to Swedish immigrant Joseph and his Minnesotan-Danish wife, Cecilia, Allan grew up on their farm near Meacham, SK, nurturing a lifelong interest in cattle and grain farming, as well as a formidable green thumb. Allan attended York School, walking or, in winter skiing the two miles, uphill, as he claimed to his children, each way. Allan’s favourite subject in school was History, a passion that continued throughout his lifetime, demonstrated in his comprehensive recall of local and family facts and photos and nurtured through voracious reading. Allan’s formal education ended at grade ten because he was needed on the family farm, freeing his parents to care for his younger brother Dale, who suffered from a lengthy and ultimately terminal illness, dying at the age of 21. Allan discontinued school and accepted this responsibility without question or complaint, even though learning was something he deeply valued and continued throughout his life. Allan was a man of integrity.
In June 1955, a week of Lutheran Evangelistic Movement meetings was conducted by Pastor Nils Peterson at St. John’s Lutheran, the Danielson’s home church, north of Viscount. Families from Bethania Lutheran also attended these evangelism meetings, including the Haugruds and Sollids. As a result, a number of people, including Allan, experienced God’s salvation and grace. These services led to further interaction between the two churches, with a Youth Fellowship group through which Allan and Esther became acquainted. This friendship blossomed into love and they were married on June 4th, 1960
Children Joanne Linnea, Dianne Karin, and Duane Winton were raised on the Danielson family farm near Meacham, SK. Time was filled with involvement in the Lutheran Brethren Church in Viscount and Danielson/Carlson and Sollid family gatherings. Allan and Esther were faithful in caring for their mothers, first for Cecilia until her death in 1963 and later mother-in-law Thea, who lived at the Danielson farm for many years.
After farming together for fifteen years, Al and Esther joined the exodus of people from rural areas to the city. With farms getting larger and requiring bigger, more expensive equipment, and with small towns and schools in decline, they believed that their children would have greater opportunity for school and church activities in Saskatoon. All three children earned a university degree while living at home. Allan procured work at the University of Saskatchewan in the Animal Science department at the Stone Barn on campus doing what he liked best, working with cattle and calves, until his retirement in 1994. Al and Esther loved taking care of their grandchildren and in 2001 moved to Alberta to be in closer proximity to them, choosing Camrose for its small town feel. Allan was known for his sense of humour, his faithful and generous handyman service, his amazing garden and for being a walking history book.
Allan lived at home until being admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital, Camrose, and then University of Alberta Hospital, three weeks before he died. Allan deeply missed his dear wife Esther, for whom he had faithfully cared in their own home until her death two and a half years earlier. Allan was true to his wedding vow of “love, honour and cherish, ‘till death do us part.” The remembrance of Allan’s unfailing love and commitment to his wife continues to be an inspirational example to his children and grandchildren. The family is grateful for the exceptional care given to Allan/Dad/Grandpa by his surgeon Dr. Levine at the University of Alberta Hospital, for the compassionate care provided by Dr. Chapman at St. Mary’s Hospital and for years of attentive kindness shown by his family physician Dr. Letley.
Allan was predeceased by his dear wife, Esther, née Sollid, in 2018, and is lovingly remembered by daughters Joanne (Geoff) Linden, Andrew & Christopher; Dianne (Ronald) Engen, Haley, Maren, Celia, Elin, Jesse & Silas; and son Duane (Heather), Jemma, Siri, Nathan & Kalle; brother-in-law Phil (Gladie) Sollid; sister-in-law Arna Sollid, cousins on the Danielson side, and nieces & nephews on the Sollid side. Allan was also predeceased by parents Joseph & Cecilia Danielson, née Jorgenson; infant sister Anna, brother Dale, sister-in-law Ruth (Ben, Maynard) Olson; brothers-in-law Conrad (Gunda, Ruby), Lawrence (Adeline), Orvid, Ken (Ella) & Art (Ruth); and in-laws Anton & Thea Sollid.
Allan was deeply loved by his children, grandchildren and especially by his wife, Esther, with whom he was looking forward to being reunited, along with his family and loved ones who had gone on before him.
“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your Word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation that You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to Your people Israel.” Luke 2:29-32
A private family service was held on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.
Interment will take place on Friday, October 30, 2020 at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Saskatoon, SK.
Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute or Lutheran Brethren International Mission.