The family of Herman Wahl is deeply saddened to announce his passing on Friday March 5, 2021 at the age of 86 years. Herman died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Fran; his children: Bev Wahl (Jim Huculak), Angelee Zon (Dwayne), David Wong (Kathy) and Randy Wong (Eunice); as well as thirteen grandchildren, Alison Buchynski (Mark), Jeff English (Veronica), Ian English, Emily Zon, Brett Zon (Danielle), Brandon Zon, Matthew Wong, Jordan Wong, Taylor Wagenaar (Marty), Austin Wong, Curtis Huculak, Whitney Madian (Shant), Jolynne Conacher (Matt) and nine great-grandchildren, Ryan and Zach Buchynski, Hugh, Harper and Axel English, Sienna and Gia Madian, and Liv and Walker Conacher. He is also survived by one brother, Robert Wahl (Arlene). He was predeceased by his parents, Adolf and Ida Wahl, and one brother Herb Wahl.
Herman was born in Medicine Hat on September 22, 1934, and grew up in Redcliff. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1957 with a degree in Engineering. While at university, he also earned a private pilot’s license, and enjoyed flying his own plane as a hobby for years.
In 1959, he moved back to Redcliff to take over the family business, Redcliff Greenhouses, for his ailing father. Over the next 50 years, he expanded and modernized the business, introducing many innovations in the production and sale of flowers and vegetables. He had a keen interest in the greenhouse industry and was a founding member of the Red Hat Co-op. Herman was always open to learn more and happy to share his knowledge with others, and to this end he served on many boards for Flowers Canada, Roses Incorporated, the Brooks Horticultural Station, and the Olds Horticultural School.
Always a strong community supporter, Herman served on the Redcliff School Board for 17 years, the Redcliff Planning Commission, the Gordon Memorial United Church Board, the Redcliff Chamber of Commerce, and the Redcliff Library Board. He was a Charter member and a life member of the Redcliff Lions Club, and was an honorary life member of the Medicine Hat Rotary Club. The Redcliff Lions dedicated a park in his honor in 2009.
With all this activity, Herman still found time to be a loving husband, father, and good friend. Fran and Herman travelled extensively, and spent many cherished vacations in Barbados. His children will always remember the annual summer camping trips to Mara Lake. Herman was devoted to his family and led by example. He enjoyed spending time with friends, socializing, golfing, and even joining in the odd game of poker. His quiet wisdom and his sense of humour will be dearly missed by family and friends alike.
The public are invited to pay their respects at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Tuesday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Masks are mandatory) Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private funeral service will be held at Victory Lutheran Church on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. James C. Bredeson officiating. Family and friends are invited to watch the celebration of Herman’s life live streamed at: victorylutheran.ca (select livestream). Interment will take place at a later date. Those wishing to remember Herman may do so with a donation to the Redcliff Scholarships for Advanced Education, c/o Prairie Rose School Division No. 8, 918 Second Avenue, Dunmore AB T1B 0K3. Ph. (403)527-5516 ext. 2313. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: email@example.com subject heading: Herman Wahl.