1921 – 2017
It is with deep sorrow that the family of Allan Bakken
announces his passing on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in
Allan was born on August 28, 1921 near Wetaskiwin,
Alberta. Allan was a middle child of nine children.
As an infant, Allan moved to Wardner and in 1926,
the family made the move to Cranbrook. Allan spent
his spare time skating, playing hockey, baseball and
basketball. In 1944, he married his love Elizabeth
Kelly. In 1946 they welcomed daughter Marilyn. In
1949, they acquired two building lots and set to
building their little house at 310 – 6th Avenue. In
1941, he started his career in a millwork plant and
learned his trade. In 1970 at age 48, he opened his own
glass and millwork shop. In 1971, they welcomed first
granddaughter Lora-Lee and in 1973, Jana. As well
as working he was a great supporter of his daughter
and granddaughters in all of their events, sports
and activities. Allan had a huge love for the sport of
golf. Many, many non-work hours were spent at his
beloved Cranbrook Golf Course. In 2000, first great
granddaughter Kelly Murray was born, followed by
Hailey Murray and McKenzie Hirsch in 2003.
Allan was predeceased by his beloved wife Betty and
all but one sibling, Jim. He is survived by his daughter
Marilyn, granddaughters Lora-Lee (Stu) Murray, Jana
(Mike) Hirsch, great granddaughters Kelly, Hailey,
McKenzie and numerous nieces, nephews, family
members and friends.
A celebration of Allan’s life will be held on August
14th at the Cranbrook Golf Course from 2:00 pm to
4:00 pm. In lieu of fl owers, donations to either the
BC Alzheimer Society or BC SPCA would be truly
Allan’s family are so thankful to all who knew and
loved Allan and made visits to him. This amazing
man will be truly missed.
Arrangements entrusted to
McPherson Funeral Service.
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