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Robert Harold Laing

July 2, 1941 ~ October 4, 2021 (age 80)


Robert Harold Laing - July 2, 1941 - October 4, 2021

Bob (Otto) is survived by his wife of 49 years, Ann; his children: Barb and John Wettlaufer and their children: Cara (Clint) and Chad (Robin); Doug and Penny Laing and their children: Jessica (Autumn) and Dani (Malcolm) and Conni and Darcy Frankl and their children: Stephanie Roster (Darrien), Cody (Hilda) and Josh (Chloe). He is also survived by siblings: Gail Laing, Vivian Walden, Allan Laing, Donald Laing and Kellie Mills and several nieces and nephews.

Dad was predeceased by his parents: Gordon and Eileen Laing; sister, Karen Vetter and brother, Clifford Laing; sister-in-law, Evelyn Moore; brother-in-law, Ken Moon; brother-in-law, Carl Walden; sister-in-law, Verna Laing and great-granddaughter, Lyra Roster.

Dad was born on July 2, 1941 in Cut Knife, SK.   He was raised on the family farm and became a Journeyman Mechanic at Kelsey Institute. He worked for a few years for Finleys and Wettlaufer Garage in Cut Knife, then starting driving semi trucks and continued this for the majority of his work career. Truck Driving was his passion. After marrying Ann Moon from Wilkie in 1972, they went on to raise their children in Battleford.

Dad loved people and the highlight of most days was visiting with friends and family. He could keep everyone laughing for days with his stories and his unique nicknames for everyone. (Some of you may know your nicknames and some of you may not :-).  He had many trucking stories including road trips down to Idaho, up the Alaska highway, all over British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the northern states. He is proud to claim over 2 million miles travelled in his career. The grandchildren loved when they could join Grampa Bob in his big truck for a drive. Dad was a volunteer at the Western Development Museum for many years from running the steam and gas engines with his dad to taking his own son Doug along. A highlight every year was Harvest time. He loved to join his family and friends on the combine and participate in the fall harvest. Dad was very proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments and loved to hear about what was happening in their lives.

As dad would say "I have had a Good Run! Until we meet again."

As per dad's request, there will be no funeral. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of dad can be made to Battlefords Union Hospital or STARS.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Trevor Watts of Eternal Memories Funeral Service & Crematorium.


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