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Raymond Knowlton

Obituary

Knowlton: It is with great sadness that the family of Mr. Raymond Leroy Knowlton of Swift Current announce that on May 22, 2022, surrounded by loved ones at the Cypress Regional 
Hospital, he unexpectedly passed away at the age of 89.
Raymond is survived by his loving wife of sixty six years Anna Knowlton; Daughter Kimberly Blackmer; granddaughter Kaitlyn (Jonathon) Tuchscherer, great grandsons Harrison and Tate; 
Daughter Shelly (Terry) Brodziak; granddaughter Brittany (Zack) Smith, great granddaughter Rae and great grandson Eddie; granddaughter Brianna (Troy) Carleton, great granddaughter 
Margot; Sisters Marion (Mel) Foster of Edmonton, Elaine (Jim) Johnson of Vernon, Debra (Montie) Hogberg of Vernon; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by parents Lawrence and Ellen Knowlton, son in law Michael Blackmer, and niece Wendy Petkau.
Raymond was born in Swift Current on December 2, 1932 and worked alongside his father Lawrence on the homestead as a farmer and rancher until his retirement. He was previously employed with Mobil Oil and a member of the 14th Canadian Hussars Reserve Army from World War 2. In 1955 he married the love of his life Anna Unger and they raised two daughters. Ray was a loving and patient husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who always provided gentle guidance and sound advice. He cared deeply for those around him and always put his girls first. He enjoyed taking his family on ski trips to the mountains, fishing excursions, and always made it a priority to visit family that lived far away. A man of few words, Ray was a quiet social butterfly and genuinely enjoyed spending his time with family and friends. He may have been reserved but Ray loved attending social commitments. Ray was very active and enjoyed the outdoors as he played 18 holes of golf every day in the summer months and curled during the winter. Some of his favourite pastimes included gardening, golfing, curling, fishing, cribbage, bingo, playing pool, swimming, dancing, skiing, meeting with his buddies on coffee row and was a season ticket holder for the Bronco hockey club for many years. Ray lives on in the hearts of those he touched. For nothing loved is ever lost and Ray was loved so much. 
A Farmer's Creed
Man's greatest possession is his dignity 
no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming. 
Hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person's character. 
Despite its hardships and disappointments, farming 
is the most honorable way a man can spend his days on this earth. 
Farming nurtures the close family ties that make life rich in ways money can't buy.
My children are learning values that will last a lifetime and can be learned in no other way. 
Farming provides education for life and no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth, and maturity, in such a variety of ways. 
Many of the best things in life are indeed free. 
The splendor of a sunrise, the rapture of wide open spaces, and the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring. 
True happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field, your children grow tall in the sun, your whole family feels the pride that springs from their shared experience. By my toil I am 
giving more to the world than I am taking from it, an honor that does not come to all men. 
My life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellow man, and by this standard I fear no judgement. 
When a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he's lived. I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.
The family internment was held at Memory Gardens on May 27, 2022 at 11:00am with Reverend Annette Taylor officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Warren's Funeral Home. For further information please call 1-306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606, or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.

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Private Interment

Memory Gardens Cemetery
1555 Memorial Drive
Swift Current, SK S9H 5T8

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