Oswald Peder Trapness passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the age of 85, at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.
He was born on June 4, 1932 in Tuberose, Sask. to Nils and Anna Trapness.
He attended Russelton School, which was a short distance from home.
“Oz,” as he was known to everyone, loved the farm, as there were cows, a few sheep, horses, turkeys, and chickens—everything to keep a young boy occupied.
In 1947, the family moved to the west branch of the Little Grassy River. The old log house was fixed up and Oz lived there until the middle of October, 2017, when cancer came back after fighting it over 20 years.
He looked after his parents for many years after they no longer could actively farm. His passion was his cattle and all the hard work he did, all winter chopping holes in the frozen river so they would have water, dragging feed and salt, to keep his cows happy.
He loved the Prairies but came to love Ontario. He planted trees for the province and did a little logging besides his farm work.
There was no power or running water; everything was done manually. It was a good day when the phone was installed.
He loved playing the guitar, and singing with his sister and cousin, Leonard Larsen. He was a kind and humble man with a great sense of humour.
He is survived by his sister, Arlene Campbell of Kyle, Sask.; nephews, Jeffrey Patterson, Blaine Patterson, Neil Campbell. Richard and Westberg; nieces, Joy Luouma, Cindy Tolen, Sheila Dryherb, and Belinda Shepard; and several grand-nieces and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, Nils and Anna Trapness; sister, Asta Westberg; nephews, Bob Westberg and John Westberg Jr.; brother-in-law, John Westberg; uncles, Axel Larsen and Peter Larsen; and aunts, Bertha Larsen and Marie Pederson.
As per Oswalds request, there wll be no formal service.
His ashes will be interned in the Horse Butte Cemetery in Kyle, Sask., alongside Grandma Ane Mickelsen, in the spring of 2018.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com