Russell James McKenzie
Dec. 11, 1961 – Aug. 30, 2019
On Aug. 30, 2019, Russell James McKenzie, loving husband, son, brother and father, peacefully passed away at home at the age of 57 years from an inoperable brain tumour.
Russell was born and raised in Rocky Mountain House, Alta., on Dec. 11, 1961, to Mildred and Ed McKenzie. He spent his youth along with his parents and eight siblings guiding in the family outfitting business, working on oil rigs, and obtaining his journeyman’s ticket for sheet metal mechanics.
Russell loved to work. With his first wife, Shelley Brauer, he built up a farm for cattle and horses near Rocky Mountain House, and with her help, provided a great start to several foals that have since become irreplaceable, well-broke horses.
In 2010, Russell was remarried to Sandra (Enns). They settled near Eckville on a ranch to devote his life to raising, training and competing horses full time. His gift of connection both to horses and people were what made his eyes sparkle. He was a remarkable horseman, coach and friend to many. He loved to dance with Sandra anywhere the music struck him and it brought him great joy to see her smile.
His desire for God’s will in his life became a focal point, changing his heart towards the urgency of putting other’s needs before his own—both near and far. He was passionate about his Mexico Mission Team and the love he gave and received through his participation.
Russell is survived by his wife, Sandra and their children, Holly and Corey; his mother Mildred McKenzie and stepfather Lorne Goff; siblings, Ron (Laurie), Trish (Evan), Tom (Tracy), Randy (Lana), Bonnie (Gil), Linda (Scott), Shelley (Kelly) and Darren; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and extended family and friends.
Russell was predeceased by his father Ed McKenzie and niece Nicole McKenzie.
He was a very strong and courageous man and he will be greatly missed.
A tribute, honouring the memories of Russell will be held at Eckville Community Centre on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at 11 a.m., with reception to follow. If you wish to share a song, bring your instrument.
Memorial donations in Russell’s name may be made to the Withrow Gospel Mission “Mexico Mission Fund” - 246 Withrow Road, Withrow, Alta. T0M 0X0.
Condolences may be made to www.rockyfuneralhome.ca.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.