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KENNETH ALBERT APPLEYARD (published on January 30, 2010)

KENNETH ALBERT APPLEYARD It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father and grandfather Ken Appleyard on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 87 years of age. He is survived by his daughter Audrey; son Ken (Judy), children Steven (Leanna) and Shauna (Trevor) Hogue and their daughter Amy; son Stan (Debbie), daughter Jenna; son George (Vera), children Matthew (Jennifer) and their son Lucas, Amber and Mackenzie (Lisa); son Jeff, children Timmy and Ashley. Ken is also survived by sisters, Ruth (Mel) Sampson and Isabel (George) Nichol and brothers, Bob, Ron (Janice), Jim, and Doug (Beverley) Appleyard; and many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Ken was predeceased by his beloved wife Audrey Viola, his parents Robert and Amy Appleyard and sister-in-law Doreen Appleyard. Ken was born on August 1, 1922 and attended Rockwood School. During the Second World War he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and at the end of the war he married his childhood sweetheart Vi Meads. Together they farmed and raised their family in the Stonewall District on the original family homestead. Ken was a devoted husband, father and grandfather with a love for farming and fiddle music. In his younger years he played the fiddle in a band and served in the community as a 4-H leader. In later years Ken and Vi enjoyed the special trips they took with friends as well as attending many fiddle events. Ken also worked at Stony Mountain and Rockwood Institutions for a number of years, first as a guard and later as a manager on the farm operation at the prison. However, as looking after his own farm was where his heart was at he retired early and returned to full time farming. His motto was to fix and recycle everything and he was able to adapt almost any piece of farm equipment to meet his needs. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grassmere United Church, care of Stonewall Pastoral Charge, 369 First Avenue N., Stonewall, MB R0C 2Z0 or to a charity of one's choice. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 1 at the MacKenzie Funeral Chapel, Stonewall. Lunch will then be served with a private interment at the Grassmere United Church Cemetery. MacKenzie Funeral Home, Stonewall in care of arrangements.

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