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John Ernie Speiler (Okotoks)

September 22, 1934 January 3, 2019
John  Ernie Speiler (Okotoks)
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Obituary for John Ernie Speiler (Okotoks)

It is with great sorrow for the family of John Speiler to announce his passing on January 3, 2019 at the age of 84 years.
John is survived by his loving wife Gisella of 65 years.
At John’s request there will be no funeral service.
Arrangements in Care of Snodgrass Funeral Home Okotoks 403-938-3111.

This is my Story By John Ernie Speiler.

My Name is John Ernie Speiler. I was born in Budapest, Hungary on September 22, 1934. I went to school to learn a trade as a Machinist, and successfully, to get my diploma for the trade. I started working for a well known company where I met a beautiful girl, Gisella. We had our first date August 29, 1953 and it was love at first date. We got married December 24, 1953 in the city hall because Europe it was law, and on December 25th Christ Day, we had a small, but beautiful, Church wedding with just our family of eight people. On October 28th, 1954, I was called into the army for a mandatory two year service. I was sent home for three days. My dear wife was happy to see me but sad to see me go. Back in service, I was assigned to search for explosives left by the Russian Army near the Hungarian-Austrian border. It was very stressful but I had good training. While I was getting close to my two years ending, we got bad news. The Hungarian Revolution broke out on October 23, 1956. I finally got in touch with my wife and she said it was so bad that 3000 dead. It lasted until November 10th. We had to clean up all the disaster. I was released from the Army on December 10, 1957, I told my wife we are going to leave the country, she was shocked but agreed. It was a long journey, but on July 1, 1957 we landed in Canada. We worked very hard and had three boys, but we are very happy to be Canadian Citizens.

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