Obituaries

Kalvin Giebelhaus

06/09/1967 - 27/04/2020

Obituary for Kalvin Giebelhaus

September 6, 1967 – April 27, 2020

It is with broken hearts that we share the sudden loss of Kalvin ‘Kal’ John Giebelhaus on April 27, 2020. The love of his life, Linda and his two sons that are his pride and joy, Ty and Ethan will forever carry on his legacy of family and love.

As if life is not difficult enough right now, due to the restrictions regarding social distancing with this Covid-19 pandemic there will be no memorial at this time. Kal will be cremated and when restrictions have been lifted, we will have a planned time to be together to laugh and cry and share our many, many memories of Kal. Being together is important because we are all stronger together.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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I found out today of Kalvin's passing. I knew him only as a Fountain Tire customer. His honesty, fairness and kind manner brought a comfortable feel when I walked in the door. My family all had this experience. I'm sure he is missed greatly by loved ones and friends. Heartfelt condolences from my family to you all
- Wendy Coogan
Linda. We were both so sorry to hear of your loss. There are no words that are adequate, too young, too soon. Anton & Sonja Kary.
- Anton Sonja Kary
I will always remember Kal and the impact of his caring nature has helped and left a lasting impact on more people than most people ive ever known put together. I worked at fountain tire years ago Kal will always be remembered by me as the most genuinely kind person i could have ever asked to work for. I will never forget his laugh and his ability to always put others before himself at all times. He cared for everyone in his daily dealings and made a difference in so many peoples lives. he lived for his family and my thoughts are with you all. RIP my friend. I will pray for your family's healing during this very difficult time.
- Christine Scott
I grew up with Kalvin and the crew. I wish I would have touched base with him more over the years. My heart goes out to the family.
- Gordon Kowaski
Deepest heartfelt condolences to Linda, boys and extended family. May your precious memories help comfort you. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
- Shirley Christie
My heart goes out to you, Linda and the boys...what a huge loss to your family. I enjoyed his banter at the curling rink each week and seen the bond between him and his boys. No words can make this an easier process....just know that I am thinking of you all....hugs and healing.
- Shirley Fisher
I'm so sorry for your loss. One of my favourite memories of Kalvin is being at the house in Beaverlodge that he use to share with John and seeing the two of you walking in covered in mud as you got stuck while mudding. He was always a smart ass, but really was a good guy. Hugs to you all.
- Trena Thomas
Linda, Allen, the boys, and I want to let you know how much we are thinking of you and the boys at this time. Allen said Kal was just in the shop and they had a good visit. Just sending you all our love. The Gaudins
- Melanie Matheson
I grew up in Hythe with Kalvin and always been a fan. When I found myself a single mom 19 years ago he was always so helpful to find me the best deal with the minimal amount of money spent while still keeping my vehicle safe. His personality , fairness and kindness has kept me as a customer and friend for all these years. I don't know you Linda but your husband was a wonderful man and has left people with great memories when they think of him. He had a distinctive voice and laugh and for years to come I will remember the sound of his laugh and him making fun of me the day that I was waiting for vehicle to be done and a mouse came out to visit me in the waiting area!!!
- Joanne Ckarke
Linda and family. So sorry to hear the news of Cal passing away. He was one of the most honest, down-to-earth men with a great sense of humour that I had the privilege to work with. His way of dealing with customers at Fountain Tire during my time there was second to none. He will be missed by many RIP my friend.
- Dave Bray
So sad to here that Kal has pasted away, my deepest heart felt condolences to Linda and the boys , Kal was one the first people I met when I moved to Grande Prairie 21 years ago and I liked him right away, he was a very kind person and expectation businessman. If you knew Kal you couldn't say enough good things to describe him, his friendship made a difference in my life and my sons as well, my son said he has never had a better boss and knew that Kal actually cared about the people he employed, Kal was a great guy and will be missed always
- Al McPhillamey
My heartfelt condolences to the whole family. Thinking of you all through this time of loss.
- Cliff Rule
Linda, I am so sorry for your loss. Kal always brought a smile to my face, even when he was giving me a hard time!! My thoughts and prayers are with you, the boys, and the rest of the family.
- Lori Curtiss
Linda and boys So very very Sorry to hear of Kalvin passing May God arms of comfort be your strength at this time Ernie & Fay Beart
- Ernie Beart
Always there with the wood. Will miss his laugh and that "hi uncle lorne".
- Lorne Mosley
Condolences to the family. I have had the opportunity to work under Kal starting in 2006. He was a wonderful person that always had a smile. He was a joy to work with and a man of great kindness that would help anyone. He will surely be missed every time I have to go to that Fountain Tire location in the future. RIP my friend!
- Clay Walbrook
Linda, Ty and Ethan: We are so very sorry to hear about Kal. Our thoughts are with you all now and in the days to come.....
- Lori and Sandra
My sincere condolences to Linda and family. I always enjoyed curling against Kal, he was such a good sport. Cherish each and every memory.
- Rita Lee
Sending you all my deepest sympathies to your family during this difficult time. May you find comfort and love with each other. You are all in my thoughts.
- Tracey Barone

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