Arnold, Ron October 14, 1944 – April 18, 2017
It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the passing of a loving husband, father, grandpa, uncle, brother-in-law and friend. Ron passed away at the Biggar and District Health Centre, with his loving wife by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ron is predeceased by his parents Ben and Daisy Arnold, and his father-in-law Henry Driedger. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Ruth Arnold (Biggar, SK); son, David (Shawna) Arnold (Warman, SK); daughter, Paula (Tim) Bowman (Whitecourt, AB); grandchildren, Damian, Noah, Melena and Nash. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Gilda, numerous brother and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and their families.
Ron was born on October 14, 1944 in Davidson, Saskatchewan. He went to school in Craik, Saskatchewan, until grade 2, where his parents farmed. His father became quite ill which required his mother to return to teaching and the family moved to Lampman and then to Weyburn where Ron completed junior high and high school. Ron completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Saskatchewan in 1966 and held his first teaching post for 3 years in Midale, Saskatchewan. He held various positions throughout his teaching career in Crane Valley, SK (as Principal), Herbert, SK and Blaine Lake, SK. Throughout this time, he also completed a Bachelor of Science, two post graduate diplomas and a Master’s degree in Education. It is in Blaine Lake where he met and married his wife Ruth Driedger in 1973. Shortly after this time, the pair settled in Biggar, SK where they spent their life raising their family. In Biggar, Ron was the principal at the Biggar Composite High School for a number of years. He became the Director of Education for the Biggar School Division and St. Gabriel’s School Division and stayed in this position for 16 years before retiring from education in 1998. A few years after his retirement, he returned to the workforce as a seasonal tax preparer for MNP in Saskatoon and remained in that position for 17 years. Ron also held many volunteer positions over the years in the community for Biggar Donor’s Choice, Biggar Community Foundation, the Lutheran Church Council, Greenhead Health Board and Biggar Town Council. Over the years, Ron spent many hours watching his son play hockey, reading books, playing cards & chess, listening to his daughter play piano, coffee with friends, and enjoying time with his grandchildren. When his children were young, every summer was spent exploring the western provinces with the truck and trailer, finding new campgrounds and golf courses. He loved the mountains and being with his wife and children during those summer weeks. He greatly enjoyed recent trips with Ruth to England, the Rocky Mountains and San Francisco. Above all, his greatest love was his family. He also held great pride in education and instilled the same value in his children and grandchildren. He will be greatly missed but forever in our hearts.
Ron wished for a private family service. Donations in memory of Ron may be directed to the Biggar Community Foundation.
Guran, Frank Joseph
September 10, 1931 - April 16, 2017
Frank Joseph Guran passed away on April 16, 2017, at the age of 85. He was born on September 10, 1931; the oldest of seven children for parents Mary and Joseph Guran. Raised in a Czech speaking home, Frank learned English while he attended school in Marriott. He loved music and learned on his own how to play the accordion. Frank started to show his skills as an innovator at an early age. Around the age of 16, he devised a way to connect the family’s windmill to glass batteries so they would have backup power when the wind was not blowing.
Frank met Agnes, the love of his life, while attending a dance, and they were married on August 22, 1952. They lived in Valley Centre, where they operated a general store, and started their family, having two boys, Garry and Larry. Frank and Agnes then moved to Howard Powell, where they purchased a general store. It was here that Frank’s entrepreneurial talents really started to shine: he built a service station, hired a mechanic and obtained a contract to service four school buses; he became one of the first RCA dealers in Saskatchewan, and sold and repaired televisions; and he also became an electrician, installing electrical wiring for many farms, houses and businesses in the area.
Frank and Agnes moved the family to Biggar in 1969, and opened Guran’s Sales and Service, where Frank was the first to bring the latest recreational vehicles to the Biggar area. This included Snow Jet, Evinrude and Skidoo snowmobiles; Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki motorcycles; and eventually Lund boats with Mercury outboards. The business subsequently became Biggar Leisure Centre, which included a Radio Shack dealership, SaskTel Mobility dealership, and satellite sales, as well as guitar sales, computer sales and service, and more. Frank also continued working as an electrician after moving to Biggar, and to this day, F.J. Guran Electric Ltd. can still be found on many electrical panels in and around town. Frank and Agnes enjoyed spending time with friends and family, playing cards, going to garage sales, and spending time at the lake with their grandchildren. Their love of dancing that first brought them together continued through the rest of their lives.
Frank was predeceased by his wife, Agnes in 2015; parents, Mary and Joseph Guran; sister, Margaret; brothers Joe and Clarence; in-laws Andrew and Edna Wardrop; sister-in-law Adeline Lucko; and brothers-in-law Eddie and David Wardrop, Walter Bodnarchuk, and Stan Lucko.
Frank will be sadly missed by his sons Garry of Saskatoon, and Larry (Sandy) of Biggar; Larry's children Corinne (Sean) Hauglum of Regina, Kimberley (Michael) Bartsch of Denzil, and Tanya (Michael) Hebert of Biggar; Tanya's children Chloe, Xander, Willow and River of Biggar; his sisters Agnes (Don ) Miller of Yorkton, and Kelly Flemming of Calgary, AB; brother Edwin (Cairin) Guran of Rosetown; sisters-in-law Rosalind Guran of Cando, Eva Bodnarchuk of Rosetown, Elaine Wardrop of Edmonton, AB, and Lucy Wardrop of Sudbury, ON; and brother-in-law Bob (Elva) Wardrop of Biggar, along with numerous nephews, nieces and extended family.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 22 at 2 pm, Biggar United Church. Officiant Rev. JoAnn Hills. Eulogist Corinne Hauglum. Organist Louise Souillet-Hawkins. Honourary bearers: All those who shared in Frank's life. Active bearers: Sean Hauglum, Michael Hébert, Michael Bartsch, Terry Bodnarchuk, Byron Bodnarchuk, Marie Boucher.
Special thanks to the staff of Almost Home for their wonderful care of Frank during his last two years; to the doctors, nurses and staff for their caring and support for Frank and his family during the last few weeks. We are lucky to have these facilities in our community. Also, thank you very much to everyone for the prayers; words of comfort; and gifts of flowers and food. Biggar is certainly a caring community.
Donations in Frank's memory can be made to:
Prostate Cancer Canada, 2 Lombard St. 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5C 1M1, or
Kidney Foundation of Canada, 2217 Hanselman Court, Saskatoon, SK S7L 6A8