Calvin James Lauber passed away peacefully on October 8, 2021, at the age of 81 years. He was born into the Joe and Martha Lauber family and lived his first years on their farm about five miles southwest of Ryley. There he attended the Solberg School until the family moved to a farm one mile south and one mile east of the Salem Church. During the family’s stay there, Calvin attended the Standard School south of Dodds for about 2 years until the family moved again to the farm one mile South of the Church that became their long-term home. From there Calvin attended the Grand Forks School for grades three to six, the Bardo School for grades seven to nine, and Ryley High School for grades 10 to 12, graduating in 1957. He then enrolled in Chemical Engineering at the U of A, graduating with honours in 1961. He worked as a Chemical Engineer for a few years before acquiring some land and moving into full time farming on the farm where he had spent the latter part of his childhood years. He resided at this farm until the time of his death.
He leaves to mourn his passing; his brothers Ben (Pearl), Murray, and Byron (Leslie), and sister Phyllis (Geoff) Milligan, nephews: Darwin, Rod, Lonnie (Michele), Derek (Kim), Graeme (Susan), Chris (Megan), nieces: Mardelle (Dale) Oslund, Darlene (Wayne) Showalter, Charlene (Vic) Roth, Luella (Jon) Anderson, Pamela (Ted) Alexander, Heidi Lauber (Jed), Allyson Lauber, Lisa Milligan Kalis, Andrea Milligan-Coyle (Kelly); 33 great nieces and nephews; and 20 great great nieces and nephews. Calvin was predeceased by his parents Joe and Martha Lauber, his brothers Leo and William, sister-in laws Ellen, Lois, and Sylvia, and niece Michelle.
He was baptised in the Salem Mennonite Church at an early age. Over the years, he shared his guitar playing talent during worship times and at many Church events. He also played the banjo and the harmonica. He was a strong singer with a deep bass voice and sang in quartets and choirs, including the Tofield Men’s chorus for many years. In his younger days, he was a curler, played baseball, did a little golfing, and enjoyed playing hockey. He was very invested in the work of the Dodds-Roundhill Agriculture Protection Association and was instrumental in staving off a proposed coal mine development that would have swallowed up his farm and much of the surrounding area. He was a deep thinker and was well read. He enjoyed a thought provoking, intelligently written book or article. He enjoyed times together with family at various celebrations; lunches at Tilly’s with his brothers; regular coffee time at Rod’s house with the neighbours; lunch in Town at various food establishments where he would visit with his friends; and the annual Lauber family picnic. For much of his life, he struggled with a form of mental illness, and thankfully, with the help of proper diagnosis and medicine, he was able to manage his illness. Perhaps that had a lot to do with why he chose to live an uncomplicated life and he enjoyed many of the simple things – good food, the beauty of nature and the passing seasons (he kept meticulous records of the weather), music, sports on television, and a good visit. He loved his Lord, his farm, and his family.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 15, 2021 at Salem Mennonite Church, Tofield, AB (one mile North of the intersection of Twp. Rd. 492 and Rg. Rd. 184). Friends and extended family are welcome to show their support to Calvin's family by driving in to the church parking lot where an 93.1 FM Radio transmission of the service will be available.
Memorial donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee or to the Canadian Mental Health Association.