Chris Lefferson, resident of Gundy, Alberta, passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021, at the Dawson Creek Hospital at the age of 79 years.
Chris Lefferson was born on February 21st, 1942 in Pouce Coupe, BC to Harold and Alma Lefferson. He was the fourth oldest out of ten children. He grew up in Gundy. He said there were many times when he was really young that he went alone or with his young siblings to fetch the milk cow in the dark. He went to Elementary school in Gundy where at times they had to ride horses to school. He continued his schooling in Dawson Creek until Grade 10 and then went on to Vermillion School of Agriculture.
Once he finished school he returned home to Gundy. Some of his jobs were pipelining, running cat and working at Patterson’s Auction Mart where he worked for 14 years. It was at the auction mart where he met his wife Lois (Patterson). They dated for about a year before getting married in December 1969. They started their family with Yvette born in 1970, Lee in 1972 and Kellie in 1977. They lived in Gundy where they raised their family. When his kids were younger he taught them many things including how to drive the 1 ton truck when they were too small to reach the pedals. He also had them driving tractors at a young age. He taught all 3 kids how to dance, how to do chores, how to hunt and fish, play crib and cards. He was a great father and left his kids with many memories.
As a family they enjoyed many drives in the bush, hunting or checking cows, filling the salt boxes as well as many quading trips to the camp shack where they would enjoy a picnic. Many of their adventures included stopping to look at animal tracks.
Chris enjoyed many years on their ranch, where he raised cattle, spent countless hours riding horses, branding cows, hunting and trapping. Chris himself was an accomplished hunter, one of his favourite hunting trips was in 1987 when he shot his first trophy elk. He shot many wolves at the ranch, too many to count. In the 80’s he even guided and outfitted for big game hunters. He loved the outdoors.
Chris was a very social man, he liked going to the Auction so he could visit with the guys. You could hardly walk through a store in town without him running into somebody to have a converstaion with. Chris and Lois attended many dances over the years, where he would spend most of the evening two-stepping. He was a hard worker and always enjoyed helping out his neighbors.
He wasn’t only an Amazing Dad but also an Amazing Grandpa. He gave the grandkids many “horsie rides” on his knee and the never forgotten whisker rubs. He told them many stories about the “ good ole days”. He would ride the stick horses with them around the house, he’d take them for quad rides, horse rides and taught them all how to dance in the kitchen. He showed them how to hunt and look for animal tracks. He enjoyed teaching them card games, checkers and crochinole. He recently taught 4 of his great grandkids how to play poker. There were many great adventures with his Grandkids and Great Grandkids and he treasured them all.
Chris and Lois had a very succesful and reputable cattle herd until 2015 when they sold their herd at a market high price which he was very surprised and proud to receive. In the fall of 2018 Chris and Lois moved up to their quarter on the hill into their new home which he helped build. Even after he retired Chris was always busy doing something whether he was outside working on a project, spending time with his horses or his dog Hershey. Often him and Lois would enjoy sitting on their front deck relaxing or going for walks. He would sometimes relax by watching Westerns or doing Jigsaw puzzles.
Chris left his family and friends with many great memories from over the years. He will be Greatly missed!
Chris is survived by his wife Lois of 51 years, his daughter Yvette (Tim), his son Lee (Danielle), his daughter Kellie (Ashley), his 10 grandchildren Brittanie (Jesse), Kiesha, Bailey, Haley, Blythe, Ryder, Ava, Rayaunna, Riley & Rayleigh, his 7 great-grandchildren Austin, Jaxson, Hudson, Emersyn, Blayke, Waylon & Georgia. His siblings Eva, Leona, Janet, Sharon, Jean, Sandra (Wayne) and Danny (Susie) as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Alma, and brothers George and Harley.