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  • B9Yorkton This Week | www.YorktonThisWeek.com | Wednesday, June 1, 2016

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    JOHNSON - Darcy Myles Johnson beloved son of Larry Johnson and Eleanor Brazeau Johnson, partner of Charity Taypotat of Yorkton, formerly of Sturgis, SK. Darcy Myles Johnson, a member of the Key First Nation, was born in Canora, SK, on February 21, 1980, to parents Larry and Eleanor Johnson, of Sturgis, SK. Darcy was the baby brother to his Auntie Bernelda and siblings Ivar, Jackie and James. Darcy was spoiled and he made his siblings look like angels right off the bat. He was so mischievous and he just seemed to have that sort of sparkle in his eyes. Darcy attended school in Sturgis, SK, where his young hockey career began. Darcy, James and Ivar were all very good hockey players and there is no doubt that Darcy learned many of his offensive and defensive skills from practicing with his brothers in the hallway, on the street, or in the alley. Darcy was rough and tumble from the get-go. Darcy and JJ were like

    Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky. Grandma Lily used to pay quarters for every goal and she soon had to pay dimes as the boys were point-makers. Every other season, James and Darcy were on the same team, as they were only a year and a half apart in age. Darcy and JJ were best friends. Darcy was good at all that he tried - baseball, slow-pitch and fastball. Darcy enjoyed camping and fishing, adventure and just being mischievous. Darcy was raised a Christian and even at the Ketchen Lake Bible Camp he was a handful. Darcy made lasting friendships growing up in Sturgis. Darcy left Sturgis as a young teen to pursue his hockey career. This was about the time his father gifted the family with our little sister, Taylor, in 1995. He sure loved his little sister! Darcy first moved to Beardys Okemasis to play Triple A hockey, where Darcy played for three seasons. He attended his one-year of Residential School at Duck Lake, before moving in with Millie Seeseequasis, who became his billet-mother, as Darcy was too lonely and unspoiled living at the residential school, as they didnt even have real Ketchup there. Darcy was very spoiled, every- one spoiled him! Millie, of course, tried to correct her newly adopted son and he would just charm his way out of a lecture. Darcy was not alone in this curfew-blowing behavior, it must have been all Cyril and Rickys fault. They were a trio to be reckoned with. To this day, their mothers and girl- friends would worry when these boys got together. Darcy moved on to play his Junior A Hockey at The Pas in 1998 where he won three back-to- back provincial championships in 1999, 2000 and 2001. This is where he was adopted by billet parents Doris and Norman Reid. Darcy was always in trouble with Stormin Norman, especially after Darcy was overly charming with one of his daughters. He was constantly being kicked out, but he would never ever leave, nor did they want him to. Darcy continued to phone Doris every Mothers Day. Darcy was point scorer as well as a leader in penalty minutes. Darcy became the enforcer on his teams and he was a fan-favourite everywhere he played. There were always young boys waiting in line for autographs after games and of course, the girls - they would stand around just in hopes he would glance their way. Of course he did - he knew how to build a fan base. Darcy graduated with his Grade 12 from The Pas, MB. Darcy was invited by former NHL Coach Ted Nolan to play a tournament for Team Indigenous Canada in Finland, an experience he cherished. After his Junior A success in the MJHL, Darcy moved on to play semi-pro hockey in the United States in various leagues throughout the country. He played for Colorado Gold Kings, Fort Wayne Comets, Orlando Seals, Miami Manatees and Long Beach Ice Dogs. Darcy flew all over the states playing hockey. Darcy returned to Canada in 2004 and played in Quebec for four years with Sorel-Tracy Mission, Thetford Mines Prolab, Trois Rivieres Caron and then back to Sorel-Tracy Mission. Darcys hands couldnt keep up with the demands of the game, as almost every game resulted in a recurring hand injury. Darcy finished his hockey career playing for the Bredenbury Cougars back here at home. Darcy made many friends throughout the hockey world. Darcy met Charity in 2010, he instantly fell in love with her and her daughter Kreeo and they soon added Bo and Hannah to their family. His babies are the spitting image of him. Darcy loved his children, he was such a good Daddy to Bo, Hannah and Kreeo. Darcy spent all his spare time at home being with his children and family and they were his pride. Darcy understood what a little baby girl could do to a big, strong, tough guy. Darcy gave his son Bo that same mischievous sparkle in his eyes so girls and their fathers - beware! Darcy was THEEEEEE best-looking guy anywhere he went (or so he thought). He was so conceited, which is also what everyone loved about him. Darcy was big and strong and tough - he was larger than life! Underneath that exterior, Darcy was a big softie. He was thoughtful, family-oriented, sensitive, gentle and loving. He was a lover and a fighter, an all-star athlete, a hero, a charmer. Darcy was also cheap - he ALWAYS had money but pretended he was broke. So, if he could charm a few bucks off those around him, he did! Darcy was a protector - he protected everyone - his family, his team-mates, his goalies, his friends, his brothers and his brothers and very few guys dared to even look at Jackie, Taylor or Toni when he was around. Darcys bi-ceps were something to be reckoned with and he made sure everyone knew just how big they were! Darcys hobbies included being cheeky; admiring his good looks; playing golf, hockey, ball or video games; watching sports; going to the gym and cooking chicken and rice. Darcy worked several years as a Scaffolder at the Esterhazy mine and then became a truck driver, following in his father and brothers footsteps. Everyone loved him wherever he went - whether it be at the rink, on the links, at the ball diamonds, at work, or just in the living room. He was the center of attention with his baby face and cheeky charm. Darcy is predeceased by his Grandparents Johnny and Lily Johnson, Matilda Brass and Ronald Gordon; Uncle Doug Johnson in 1977; infant brother Shawn Brazeau on February 21, 1974 and his brother and protector Ivar Brass on July 28, 2007. Darcy never recovered from the loss of Ivar. Darcy is survived by Charity Taypotat and her daughter Kreeo (whom Darcy took and loved as his own), his babies Bo and Hannah Johnson; his father Larry Johnson, his mother Eleanor (Stewart) Brazeau; brother James (Shawna) Johnson; sisters Jacqueline Johnson, Taylor Johnson and adopted sister Toni (Steven) Brass-Bryant; in-laws Karen (Murray) Taypot and brother Avery Taypotat; nieces and nephews Brittany Corbett; Jazzlynn and Waylan Smuk; Makayla and Nate Johnson and Ryder Johnson. Aunts and Uncles: Loretta (Jack) Cook; Bev (Tony) Kaasten; Merle Mondair; Arlene (John) Shingoose; Ivy (Peter) OSoup; Pearlene (Lynn) OSoup; Robert Brass; Ferlyn (Mary-Ann) Brass; Dale (Denise) Brass; Bernalda (Bruce) Brass-Bjerke. Darcy leaves behind numerous cousins, brothers, countless friends and team-mates - all whom he had special and close relationships with. Darcy was a legend - both on and off the ice. Darcy recently said that he lived his life to the fullest, everything he wanted to become - he did, everything he wanted - he had. Darcy will be greatly missed by his children, all of his family and all those who met and loved him. A wake was held on Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19, 2016 from the Yorkton Friendship Centre with an evening Celebration of Life Service on Thursday. Funeral Services were held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. from the Yorkton Friendship Centre with Rev. Betty Lou Skogen officiating. A tribute and words of remembrance were given by Darcys sister, Jackie. Honourary Bearers were ALL his cousins, friends, brothers, team-mates, and all his Moms. Interment followed in the Yorkton City Cemetery with James Johnson, Cyril Quewezance, Konrad McKay, Ricky Peeteetuce, Jamie Brass, Jeremy Brass and Joshua Brass serving as casket bearers. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.baileysfuneralhome.com. Memorials in memory of Darcy may be made to Canadian Tire Jumpstart www.jumpstart.canadiantire.ca or to KidSport Canada www.kidsportcanada.ca, 23-145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6 to help kids participate in organized sport. Arrangements were entrusted to Baileys Funeral Home Yorkton.

    LARSON - Merle Louise Larson (nee Hall) was born on November 23, 1943 in Yorkton, SK, the daughter of Fred and Louise Hall. She grew up on the family farm with three brothers, Warren and Graham who were twins and Earl who was Merles twin brother. Merle completed her education at Yorkton Collegiate and then furthered her education in business and commerce. In February of 1963, Merle met the love of her life Rueben Larson. After a brief courtship, Merle and Rueben were united in marriage on January 4, 1964 at Westview United Church. They were the first couple to be married in this church. Merle and Rueben were blessed with four children, Todd (1964), Trent (1968), Terry (1970) and Lana (1980). Merle loved going to her childrens activities. Whether it be boy scouts and cadets, football, softball and track meets, Merle was always the loudest fan in the crowd cheering on her children. She was the same

    fan for her grandchildren, Merle was always there and rarely ever missed a hockey or soccer game. Merle started her employment with the Department of Agriculture in 1961 and retired from there in 1996. After retirement, Merle rediscovered her farming roots as she and Rueben purchased the family farm west of Saltcoats from his parents. Merle loved the farm, she loved all her animals, flowers and spending time with her grandchildren teaching them how to garden and how to have compassion for animals. In 2001, Merle and Rueben moved back to Yorkton and she came out of retirement and started work at Walmart in the fabric department. Merle loved this job, as she had a passion for sewing, knitting and crocheting. Merle established many friendships at Walmart, through fellow employees and customers. Merle retired for the last time in 2013 and spent her days at home, crafting, gardening, baking and being the best hockey Grandma to Jaxon in the winters, following him to the rink and cheering him on. Merle had a passion for cooking and baking, she made the best buns around. Every time she entered them in the Saltcoats or Yorkton fair, she was sure to take first place. Merle loved cooking for her family and recently made the comment to Rueben that she has made her family 48 Christmas suppers. Merle had a passion for gardening, she had beautiful flower beds and her yard always looked pristine. Merle enjoyed decorating her house for every occasion. She had a love for Elvis and an extensive collection to show for it, which made it very easy to shop for her. Merle and Rueben went on a dream vacation in 1989 and toured Graceland. Merle was looking forward to going back to Vegas in October with her Granddaughters to see some Elvis impersonators. Merle passed her time in the winter by faithfully watching curling, knitting, crocheting and waiting for June to arrive so she could finally watch her precious Roughriders play. Merle would cheer so hard from home, jumping up and shouting at the TV Go..Go - Go!. Merle also had the same enthusiasm when she would attend games in person, always one of the loudest fans in the crowd. Merle had many pride and joys in her life, next to her children and husband, Merle loved being a Grandma. Merle loved her Chocolate lab dogs Cocoa and after Cocoas passing, Mya. They were great companions to Merle when Rueben was on the road trucking. Merle enjoyed spending time out at Lake of the Prairies at the cabin, fishing and entertaining friends and family who would stop in for a coffee and leave with a full tummy. Many people made the comments that you never left Merles place hungry. Merle was predeceased by her father, Frederick Hall in 1968; her mother, Louise Hall in 1987; her brother, Warren in 1999; her twin brother, Earl in 2001 and brother Graham in 2015; her parents-in-law, Gerald Larson in 1999 and Elva Larson in 2007. Merle leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory, her husband of 52 years, Rueben; four children, Todd (Mona) of Okotoks, AB, Trent of Saltcoats, SK, Terry (Rhona) of Fort McLeod, AB, Lana (James) of Yorkton, SK; six Grandchildren, Shelby (Sonny), Tori (Evan), Taylor, Darci, Kendra and Jaxon; her beloved fur baby Mya, as well as numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends who were all near and dear to her heart. A Celebration of Merles Life will be held on Friday, June 3, 2016 from Westview United Church in Yorkton, SK with Reverend Catherine Pace officiating. A private family cremation committal will take place at a later date. Friends so wishing may make donations in Merles name to the Saskatchewan Lung Association or the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation as tokens of remembrance. Friends so wishing may forward their condolences to the family by visiting www.christiesfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Christies Funeral Home & Crematorium, Yorkton, Saskatchewan.

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