Harley Oxley Hammond was born in Climax, Saskatchewan April 14, 1931 and passed away suddenly February 9th in Tofield, Alberta at 84 years of age. He was predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers, 4 sisters and 1 great-grandson.
He leaves his wife Louise and five children to mourn his passing: Wade (Adele) Hammond of Langley, British Columbia; Kerry (Lois) Hammond of Tofield, Alberta; Tracey Hammond (Marilyn Koran) of Warberg, Alberta; Nola (Bob) Pearce of Lloydminster, Alberta; Marcel (Susan) Hammond of Tofield, Alberta; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Harley was the 7th of 8 children and grew up in the Climax, Sask. area. He attended Millar Memorial Bible Institute where he met and married Louise Anderson. He managed the Bracken Co-op for 11 years during which time they had 5 children. The family then moved to Shaunavon where Harley established a Case farm equipment empire. Throughout his life, Harley took delight in the challenge of thinning the bird and big game populations. 1972 marked the construction of their new house on a farm west of the town, which included a hanger and landing strip to satisfy his growing love of flying. He spent many hours sharing his passion for target shooting and hunting with younger generations, showcasing his accuracy and quick reflexes.
His flying hobby precipitated their next move after Harley suffered a brain aneurysm when taking off in his Ultralite aircraft. After 6 weeks in hospital in Saskatoon, God miraculously revived him, and he and Louise moved to Edmonton for his physiotherapy. After shocking the Glenrose staff with his speedy two week recovery, Harley and Louise spent the winter in Edmonton so he could recuperate. Louise established Mom's Ice Cream Corral in Tofield and shortly after, they moved there. Harley spent afternoons enjoying ice cream left overs and washing them down with a cup of coffee. He enjoyed reading for hours on end. He cherished the opportunities to share humorous anecdotes and jokes with his family, and friends during coffee time at Tilly's.
In the final years of his life, Harley treasured great food, shows and books that brought him laughter, and social gatherings with pie. Harley lived each day with a desire to serve God. He will be missed by the family he leaves behind, but has now been reunited with his family and Heavenly Father for eternity.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015 at Bardo Lutheran Church with Pastor Calvin Andringa (Tofield Alliance) officiating. Interment will be held at the Bardo Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Millar College of the Bible, Pambrum, Sask. or to The Gideons.