It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Gordon Melvyn Whetstone, on October 28, 2020 at 7:20 p.m., with his daughters by his side.
Gordon was born on March 3, 1944 to Willie and Margaret Whetstone in Balcarres, SK. He was the eldest of three boys.
In November of 1946, they moved to Pelly and took over the family farm. Gordon attended Sunny Isle School where he received a grade 8 education. Story be told, he was the Ben Johnson of northern Pelly, winning all the 100 yard and less races in the Maloneck and Sunny Isle districts.
When he was 16, he started farming full time, taking over when his mom and dad moved to town. In 1960, he married Annette Rezansoff. They had two sons that died in infancy in 1960 and 1961. They were later blessed with two daughters, Shelley in 1971, and Sheree in 1977.
Gordon and Annette lived on the farm until 1983. During his time on the farm, he belonged to the Trail 8 horse club, the snowmobile club and the Pelly Sports Association. His favourite horse Rocky accompanied him on many trail rides. Gordon won the first ever “King Farmer" competition at the Pelly King Farmer Days in 1978. Gordon and Annette loved to get together with various friends for an evening of card games. He loved country music and kicked up his heels at many dances at the Sunny Isle Hall over the years.
Gordon started working away from home driving truck after leaving the farm. He started working for Case IH in 1985, a company he took much pride in. His career with Case took him to many different communities; Preeceville, Raymore, Drumheller, Kindersley and finally Maple Creek. He retired from Case in 2009 and moved back to his home town of Pelly.
In July of 2014, Gordon suffered a terrible stroke. He moved into the Norquay Nursing home in the fall of 2015, where he remained until his passing. Gordon’s goofy sense of humour and stubbornness quickly made him a staff favourite in Norquay, earning him the nickname of “The Sheriff”. Gordon’s family will be forever grateful for the care he received while in Norquay.
Gordon will be remembered for his countless pranks and jokes, his love for buying and selling vehicles, his sarcastic sense of humour and his love for his family. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to friends and family. He will be greatly missed.
Gordon is predeceased by his parents Willie and Margaret, his two sons, and his brother Earl. He is survived by his two daughters Shelley (Kevin) Matechuk, Sheree (Jason) Mydynski, five grandchildren Carley, Layne, Riley, Kobe and Megan, his brother Arthur, three nieces and one nephew.
Memorial donations can be made to the Greenwood Cemetery, Pelly, SK
Service will be lived streamed on the Andrychuk Funeral Home Facebook page.
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