Larry Steeves
Larry Steeves

Obituary of Larry Steeves

Larry Arthur Steeves of Meeting Creek, AB was born to Jack and Laurine Steeves on April 12, 1938 in Carmangay, AB. The fourth son in a family of eight children, Larry spent his childhood surrounded by siblings and cousins. He loved to tell stories of mischief made with his brothers. Larry began farming at Champion, AB at the age of 16, then moved north in 1963 to farm at Meeting Creek with his wife Bev and little children Rob and Debbie. In Meeting Creek, his family grew to include daughters Dawn and Linda. Community was important to Larry; he was always ready to lend a helping hand to neighbors or to stop in for a good visit. He treated everyone he met with respect and consideration. Throughout his life he served on numerous boards including at Meeting Creek Evangelical Free Church, Livings Springs Bible Camp, the Canadian Bull Congress, the Bashaw Seed Cleaning Co-op, the Alberta Cattle Feeders’ Association, and the Alberta Hereford Association. His heart was for people, and his passion was farming. Larry took great pride in his cattle and won many prizes for his Polled Herefords. He shared his passion for agriculture with family and friends and his wealth of practical knowledge is already missed. Coming from the age of fixing things and using them again, Larry had the ability to repair any small engine or bit of machinery, often with nothing but ingenuity and baling wire. An avid reader of agricultural publications, he was always eager to test innovations. In the 1980’s Larry collaborated with the Department of Agriculture on swath grazing projects. As the grandchildren grew, Larry took time for holidays. Having Grandpa and Grandma along on a family camping or fishing trip was a highlight for everyone. Laughter and love were guaranteed. Larry cherished his grandchildren, and his greatest hope was that they would also grow to love the Lord. His standard family farewell was a big bear hug and “I’m prayin’ for ya.” It pained Larry greatly when his declining health slowed him down. When farming was no longer possible, Larry and Bev took up woodworking, often using wood sourced from their own land. Each of their children and many of the grandchildren own pieces they carefully crafted together. Making Bev happy was his greatest joy. He was a homebody, but she loves to explore. Larry accompanied his precious wife on adventures to Alaska with Dawn & Steve, to Germany with Linda and to Eastern Canada. They took many trips to Jasper and loved to go for a Sunday drive together. Happily married for 62 years, Bev lovingly cared for Larry through months of increasing pain until God called him home on December 15, 2020 at the age of 82. Larry was predeceased by his brothers Don and Richard Steeves, and sister Joy Holder. He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Bev, son Rob (Sharon) of Steinback, MB, daughters Debbie (Clifford) Weeks of Castor, Dawn (Steve) Windlinger of Calgary and Linda (Jim) Olson of Camrose, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, brothers Bob (Ruth) of Red Deer, Walter (Lois) of Camrose, Del (Celeste) of Coldstream, BC and sister Marilyn Lindstrom of Meeting Creek. Due to the pandemic restrictions, the memorial service will be live streamed at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Memorial donations may be made to the Mazankowski Heart Institute, the Cross Cancer Institute, or to the charity of one's choice.
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