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Went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 2, 2015 at the age of 100 years. He will be greatly missed by his two sons: Darrel (Donna) of Calgary, Barry (VerLynn) of Kelowna; 6 grandchildren: Heather (Sean) Torgerson, Ronda (Greg) Roesler, Julie (Graham) Torrie, Garth (LeeAnne) Eliason , Keith Eliason, Scott (Sabrina) Eliason; 9 great-grandchildren: Liam and Noah Torgerson, Ethan, Joshua and Luke Roesler, Eli, Kayley and Abigail Torrie and Peter Haakon Eliason, his sister Elsie Gustavson in Minneapolis and his brother Bernie (Hazel) Eliason in Saskatoon, nieces, nephews and many friends. Sadly predeceased by his wife Anne in 2009, his parents Einar and Ingeborg, 4 siblings in infancy and 8 adult brothers and sisters. Haakon was born at Robsart, Saskatchewan on August 3, 1915. He lived on the family farm near Robsart until 1927 when his family moved to Kuroki, Saskatchewan. The move was quite an undertaking with a Model T Ford and train being used to move horses, cattle and of course children. Haakon’s life was busy with farm chores, school work, church activities, hockey, skating and baseball. At the age of 13 Haakon became a Christian. He moved to Ridgedale to attend high school and lived with his sister Ida and her husband Reuben Molberg. In 1934 he enrolled in Saskatoon Normal School and began teaching at Willow Glen at the age of 20. During WW II he worked as an aircraft mechanic. In 1942 Haakon married a beautiful woman Anne Peterson. He worked as a principal in Outram Saskatchewan after WW II. While living there two boys – Darrel and Barry were born in 1948 and 1954. Subsequently the family moved to Edmonton where Haakon taught biology at Ross Sheppard High School until retirement in 1979. Haakon and Anne moved to Kelowna in 1985 where they enjoyed many happy retirement years together prior to her death in 2009. Haakon and Anne enjoyed walking, canoeing, travel, church activities and spending time with family and friends. Haakon will be remembered as a kind and gentle man who had a wonderful smile and a distinctive laugh. He brought joy into the lives of those around him. As his health failed it was necessary for him to move from his home at Carmel Court to Mountainview Village 2 ½ years ago. He loved Mountainview and was very appreciative of the excellent care he received. Haakon truly lived his life with humility, kindness, gentleness and faithfulness. The family would like to thank all the staff at Mountainview for their compassionate and excellent care. Also thanks to Dr. Mark Clark for looking after his medical care over the many years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kelowna Food Bank www.kelownafoodbank.com. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences”. Please note service is at 4:00 pm

Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for ELIASON, Haakon is scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Lyn Parsons says:

    Mr. Eliason was one of the finest young men I have
    had the pleasure of meeting.
    His gentle spirit will be with his family and friends forever.

  • David and Jaynee Way says:

    We’re sorry for your loss. Your father lived a long and honourable life and was blest to be well loved and taken care of by his family

    Our thoughts are with you

  • Afra Lindquist says:

    Haakon was such a wonderful man and always a pleasure to chat with. He liked to speak about his family and was clearly very proud of all of them.
    He will be sadly missed.

    My sincerest condolences to the family.

  • merv. vincent says:

    Barry & Verlynn, Just a note to let you know our thoughts, prayers & appreciation are with you in your loss of a Dad who obviously led a good life and created and developed a family he could be proud of. Merv. & Vivian Vincent

  • Gerald Onciul says:

    Please accept our condolences. Haaken was a good friend of our family and I considered him to be one of the most influential men in my life. He led by example rather than taking center stage and his thoughtfulness and insight showed wisdom and a passion for life. He had many conversations with my father about motors, as they had both worked on combustion engines. He loved to ski, skate, and walk. And in the summer months the family enjoyed travel/trailering throughout Western Canada and the US. Their family and ours had many meals and outings together. It seems like our paths crossed everywhere, at church, at school and at their home or ours. Haaken was my Biology 30 teacher at Ross Shepard Composite High School. He was also a leader in Inter School Christian Fellowship at Ross Shep. Barry and I played in the church band and the Singing Christmas Tree together and later we both traveled to Switzerland with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra to participate in the International Festival of Youth Orchestras in Lausanne. One memorable hiking trip Barry and I took was the Jasper North Boundary Trail, which lasted 6 days in the pouring rain! But we went on many hikes with good weather too. Haaken epitomizes one of the finest Christian men I have ever known and he genuinely cared for the people around him. He loved his family deeply and was true to his faith. So long Haaken. We will all miss you.

  • Mel & Iris Petersen says:

    Our sincere condolences to Barry and Darrel and your families.

  • Leola and Bob Crossley says:

    Again sincere condolences. We could not attend the funeral in person as you know. We were so glad that you arranged for anyone to watch the service on livestream.com. A very nice service.

  • David and Marilyn Robbins says:

    Dear Darrel and Donna Barry and VerLynn and families,
    Carey spoke with us last night, sharing what a lovely homegoing for your dear father, Haakon. We are very sorry for your huge loss. We also remember so clearly the qualities of contentment and satisfaction our dear sweet uncle embodied. When we think of Uncle Haakon, we are reminded of Jude 24, 25: “Now, all glory to God, who is able to keep you from stumbling, and who will bring you into his glorious presence innocent of sin and with great joy. All glory to him, who alone is God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Yes, glory, majesty, power and authority belong to him, in the beginning, now and forevermore. Amen” (LNT). Our thoughts and prayers are with you with fond memories of Haakon’s consistency and lovingkindness. Lovingly, David and Marilyn.

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