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6287-67A Street (Taylor Drive)
Red Deer, AB T4P 3V9
Phone: 403-340-4040
Fax: 403-343-3033
Michael Achtymichuk

Michael William Achtymichuk

Wednesday, November 18th, 1925 - Monday, June 3rd, 2019
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1925 – 2019
Michael William ‘Mike’ Achtymichuk, born on November 18, 1925 in Smoky Lake, Alberta, passed away after a brief illness, at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre on Monday, June 3, 2019 at the age of 93 years. Mike loved life, farming, music, and his family. He worked with the Alberta Wheat Pool, 4H Club, Farm Credit Corporation, and the Farm Debt Review Board, before enjoying retirement. Mike’s musical interests began early, with his brothers, in a dance band called ‘The Merrymakers’; and evolved into founding the Waskatenau Community Band and then Lacombe Lions Community Band. He was one of the founding members of the Alberta Band Association and Mu Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity, and a strong supporter of music in Alberta. Mike was influential in cultivating the careers of many people in the arts and agriculture. Later in life, he enjoyed singing with the Wild Rose Harmonizers, and also gained an additional circle of close friends through that. Mike is survived by his loving wife of nearly sixty-six years, Olga. Also mourning his loss are his children: Joyce, Gerald (Carol Ann), Cheryl, Robert, and Gayle; his grandchildren: Jessica (Adam), Cassandra, Vanessa (Mike), Katharine, John, Michael, David, Heather, Anna, Nicole, and Alex; and great grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. Mike will be also sadly missed by his brothers, Edward and Walter (Lesia), and his sister, Sonja (Peter). He was surrounded by a loving extended family that included numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a large circle of friends. Mike was predeceased by his parents, Annie and Wasyl, as well as three sisters and eight brothers. He will be sadly missed, but his loved ones take comfort knowing that he lived life to the fullest. A Memorial Service for Mike will be held at Gaetz Memorial United Church, 4758 - 50 Street, Red Deer, Alberta on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with The Reverend Ross Smillie officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mike’s honor may be made directly to the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, 3942 - 50A Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4E7 or at, or to The Alberta Band Association, 5708 - 72 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6B 3J4 or at Condolences may be sent or viewed at Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040 or 1.800.481.7421.
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    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 2:00pm
    Gaetz Memorial United Church
    4758 Ross Street
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Darlene Sakaluk

Posted at 03:45pm
We were sorry to hear about Uncle Mike's recent passing. He was a very positive, kind and caring uncle and most of all assisted our family during some very difficult and trying times. We shall never forget all that he did for our mother and family. As a matter of interest the day of his passing was the date of his sister Mary's birthday; together in life and passing. To Aunt Olga and cousins, may you find peace and comfort in knowing that he lead a great fulfilling life and you had spent many years together. May he "Rest in Peace". We apologize for not attending, however did not know of his passing until this past wknd.
Sincerely, niece Darlene Sakaluk, Vegreville, AB

Larry and Linda Schrum

Posted at 01:54pm
I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Our thoughts are with Joyce and Olga. I am proud to have had Mike as a friend. He was a a fine example of a gentleman. He always stood out as a distinguished member of the band community. he will be sorely missed.

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Posted at 12:34pm
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Lloyd Achtymichuk

Posted at 11:46pm
Our thoughts are with you, Aunt Olga and all your family. Although we haven't visited often, we've always looked forward to the Achtymichuk family reunions, and I believe our favourite was the one you and Uncle Mike organized in 2014. There was Uncle Mike, with his foot in a cast, organizing things, greeting everyone, always kind, friendly and interested. He was a very amazing man and we're so glad that he had such a long, fulfilling life. We offer our condolences. --- Lloyd & Suzanne Achtymichuk

Ken Rogers

Posted at 05:19pm
Thinking of you, Olga and Joyce, and all your family, as you say goodbye to a wonderful husband and father. May the memories of good times and laughter ease your loss. I'm sorry I cannot attend Mike's memorial as we will be at our son's graduation in the US, but know that I hold Mike in the very highest regard and have nothing but good memories of times with him. His kindness, encouragement, and generosity come to mind right away. Our music community has lost a great leader and supporter, Mike will be missed very much.

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