Kenneth Carl Bebee passed away peacefully March 4, 2000 at the Extended Care Wing of the Atikokan General Hospital, where he had been a resident for the past six years.
He was born Dec. 25, 1916 in Linton, N.D. He moved to Canada with his family when he was three years old and settled in Dewart Township.
In 1938, he was united in marriage to Mary Boychuk and moved to a farm at North Branch, where he also operated a logging business. In 1953, he moved his young family to Atikokan and began working at Steep Rock Iron Mines.
He then was employed by Caland Ore Company, where he also was president of the Steelworkers Union Local 5855 for 12 years. He retired for medical reasons at the age of 59.
Ken was a kind-soft-spoken man who worked very hard to support his family. He was sincere and honest, and was always there for anyone who needed help.
In his healthier days, he loved to dance and was an avid bowler. He enjoyed gardening and spending time at the cabin, fishing and puttering.
Ken was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Ida; his wife, Mary; sister, Mable Hele; brothers, Earl, Wesley, and Marion; and great-grandson, Bryce.
He is survived by five daughters, Elsie Treige, Grace (Doug) Sanders, Bea (Norman) Gushulak, Val (Gary) Ekstrom, all of Atikokan, and Margaret (Leon) Grouette of Midland, Ont.; one son, Carl (Connie) of Fort MacMurray, Alta.; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by sisters, Donna Beckensell of Dawson Creek, and Verda Foeller of Toronto; brothers, Bud of Toronto, and Arthur of Portland, Ore.; sisters-in-law, Bella Slator of Thunder Bay, and Ruth Bebee of McKenzie Island; and brother-in-law, Steve (Florence) Boychuk of Hamilton.
Funeral services were held at the Riverview United Church on Wednesday, March 8, 2000 at 1 p.m., with Rev. Marilyn Matson officiating.
Interment was in the Little Falls Cemetery following the service.
Luncheon was provided by the Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Ken Treige, Gary Sanders, and Sean Ekstrom, and grandsons-in-law, Glen Kaus, Ted Syrja, and Chris Boyer.