The Mountaineer -
Ronald (Ron) Langendoen passed away peacefully at home at the age of 81 in Rocky Mountain House, Alta., on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021.
Born in South Holland to Cornelia and Bouwen Langendoen in the small farming community of Oostevoorne, Ron was the tenth child out of eleven. He had nine brothers and one sister. After WWII, two of Ronís older brothers came to Canada. Ronís parents could see that it would not be long, and their other children would do the same. In a brave decision they decided to move with the remaining nine children to keep the family together. They settled in St. Catharines, Ont., in 1951.
Ron met Hilda at a skating party on 16 Mile Creek and three years later, on Sept. 4, 1965, in Toronto, Ont., they were married. They had three children Ė Brenda, Barry, and Ronny. In what was starting to become a Langendoen tradition, Brenda, Barry, and Ronny all ventured away from home and moved to Alberta. After the first grandchild arrived, Ron and Hilda also headed out west so they could be close by to see their family grow as more grandchildren came along.
Ron was a quiet man of faith who lived a life of service devoted to his family, church, and community. In Ontario, Ron spent his working years driving trucks for hardware and giftware companies to support his family. In Calgary, Ron did part-time respite and caregiving work leading him to do volunteer deeds behind the scenes without wanting to be known Ė like giving out grocery gift cards to people who needed food or driving elderly clients to the airport for red-eye flights. Ron also enjoyed being part of Friendship Group for adults with disabilities. People from all walks of life considered Ron as their friend. After fully retiring, Ron and Hilda moved to Rocky Mountain House, where Ron enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and playing games with other seniors. Ron is survived by Hilda, his wife of 55 years; children Brenda (Dave) Blair of Calgary, Barry (Breana) Langendoen of Clearwater County, Ronny (Carla) Langendoen of Rocky Mountain House; two brothers and 15 grandchildren.
The family wants to express special thanks to the whole care team who made it possible for Ron to stay at home in the last few years.
A celebration of life service will be held at the Ravines, 5810 - 47 Avenue, Rocky Mountain House, AB, on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. A brief memorial with tributes will start at 1 p.m. with light refreshments afterwards until 3 p.m. to socialize and share stories about Ron with each other.
Ron liked to support a variety of charities but helping those around him gave him the most joy and sense of purpose. If you would like to make a donation in honour of Ron, please consider Friends in Faith, a local community and fellowship outreach program that provides practical daily supplies to those in need and spiritual care to those in the Rocky Mountain House area.
Donations can be brought to the celebration of life on Sept. 11, 2021, or mailed to: Friends in Faith c/o Karen Knoblich (treasurer), 5918 - 49 Ave. Cl., Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 0A1.
Condolences may be forwarded to: www.rockyfuneralhome.ca. Cremation entrusted to the Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alta.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403-845-2626.