A private family gathering to honour Leroy's memory will take place at a later date.
In memory of
Leroy Semrau
April 01, 1935 - February 15, 2018 - Age 82

With an appreciation for a happy life and the love of many, Leroy Aaron Semrau passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at the age of 82 years. As a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, many will miss him dearly. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Loretta "Lottie" Semrau (nee: Dunz); his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Marlene Semrau, and their two daughters, Danielle (Ian McLean) and Nikki (Tristan Matz); his daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Doug Mastel, and their four sons, Matt (Shelby) and their son Theo, Mitchell (Jules Rooks), Ryan and Nolan (Desiree Naude); his brother and sister-in-law, Elvin "Peng" and Karen Semrau, and their family. Leroy was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Mary Semrau.

Leroy was born in Kincaid, Saskatchewan, where the family farmed until 1966. In 1961, the family ventured into the motel business in Medicine Hat, operating the Trans Canada and Cloverleaf Motels until 1978. They built and operated an amusement park from 1966 to 1977. Leroy and Lottie built the Travelodge Hotel in 1973 with their business partners Peng and Karen Semrau and Fred and Audrey Ammann. The families were involved in this business until it sold in 1998. In addition to the motel/hotel business, an interest in warehousing fostered the beginning of G.E.L. Holdings Ltd. in 1973, and this company continues to operate today. Leroy was a visionary who had a strong work ethic and a passion for business. Not afraid to get his hands dirty, he was active in the development of the family businesses and literally helped to build them from the ground up.

Although Leroy had success in business, his greatest source of joy came from his family. Watching his six grandchildren grow up provided Leroy with tremendous happiness. Many hours were spent with "Papa" enjoying all that life has to offer. His devotion to his grandchildren was evident in the family ski trips to Elkwater and Whitefish, camping trips to Lac Pelletier and Lake Newell, fishing adventures, golf outings, go-cart and dirt bike rides, workshop adventures, boating trips and lunches at A & W. Starting in 1991, Leroy and Lottie began spending the winters in Lake Havasu, Arizona. It was here that some of the best family memories were created. Travelling to see Papa and Nannie became an annual event where the fun never ended. Papa Leroy was looking forward to spending time with the next generation. The recent birth of his first great-grandchild, Theo, was a tremendous source of pride.

The family would like to extend a very special thank-you to Dr. Tom and Michelle Mohanraj who went above and beyond the call of duty. In Leroy's words, "Tom is a great doctor and a great friend." Thank-you as well to the tremendous nursing staff on 5 East, who took exceptional care of Papa and offered the family compassion and comfort.

A private family gathering to honour Leroy's memory will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Leroy can do so with a donation to Kidsport Medicine Hat and Redcliff (PO Box 40009- 355 Southridge Dr. S.E. Medicine Hat, Alberta T1B 4S6) or to the Medicine Hat SPCA (55 Southwest Drive S.W., Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8E8). To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Leroy Semrau,

Message from Ken Smith February 17, 2018

Dear Lottie,
Lloyd called to give us the sad news. Know that we're thinking of you, Kevin, Marlene and all of your family. Leroy was truly a "great guy". We have lots of good memories.

Take Care
Ken Smith
Message from Ed & Marion Bleile February 18, 2018

So sorry to hear of Leroy`s passing.We are unable to attend any services as we are in Mexico,but please know you are in our thoughts & prayers.Sending condolences & hugs to Leroy`s family.
Ed & Marion Bleile

Take Care
Ed & Marion Bleile
Message from JERRY CZEMBER February 18, 2018


Take Care
Message from Cheryl Semrau February 19, 2018

My condolences.

Take Care
Cheryl Semrau
Message from Mark & Jenine Scheuerman February 20, 2018

Kevin, Marlene & family. Sincere condolences to the family.

Take Care
Mark & Jenine Scheuerman
Message from Leana Koch February 20, 2018

Kevin & Marlene, Doug & Tracy,
My deepest sympathy in the loss of your Dad.

Take Care
Leana Koch
Message from Marilyn Herrmann February 20, 2018

Mrs. Semrau, Kevin & Marlene, Tracy & Doug and families
I was shocked to hear of Leroy's passing. He seemed like the kind of man who would live forever. I know how loved he was. Thinking of you all.

Take Care
Marilyn Herrmann
Message from Dan & Ellen Mastel February 20, 2018

Our sincere condolences to you and your family.

Take Care
Dan & Ellen Mastel
Message from Jim Horsman February 21, 2018

My sincere condolences. He will be missed, not only by his family but by a host of those whose lives he touched.

Take Care
Jim Horsman
Message from Mark and Kathy Carry February 21, 2018

Dear Lottie and family, So very sorry to hear of Leroy's passing. Please know we are thinking of you and send hugs and prayers your way.

Take Care
Mark and Kathy Carry
Message from Paddi Gallimore February 23, 2018

Dear Lottie and Family: Sending you my deepest condolences. You were both so kind and thoughtful to me when I first came to Medicine Hat and stayed at the Trans Canada Motel many, many years ago. I still think of you both with fond memories. You were a special couple and a great example! Just wanted you to know you are being thought of at such a sad time in your lives.

Take Care
Paddi Gallimore
Message from John MacLaren March 02, 2018

My deepest condolences to Lottie, Kevin, Tracy, and family on Leroy's passing. I know he will be deeply missed. I'll always remember him being a great buddy on those fishing trips up in Northen Saskatchewan.

Take Care
John MacLaren
Message from Theresa (Terrie) Brucker (Lind) March 19, 2018

Lottie, Trevor just told me today about Leroy's passing. I am so sorry; he was such an 'alive' person that it's hard to believe. My very best wishes to you and Kevin and Tracy and families; I hope you have the closeness to Leroy as I had when my mother died. She was with me for months, a very real and comforting feeling. Leroy was special; an interesting and clever businessman and a great friend. I send you a huge hug. Terrie

Take Care
Theresa (Terrie) Brucker (Lind)