Lawrence R. Littmann of Bluffton, Alberta passed away peacefully at the University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at the age of 88 years.
Lawrence was born in Falun, Alberta on October 31, 1932 to Rudolph and Florence Littmann. His family stayed in the Falun area until they relocated to the Iola District in 1940, where Lawrence completed his schooling. After completing school, he worked as a hired hand for area farmers. Lawrence commenced work for the City of Edmonton in 1952, where he began his courtship with his life partner and best friend, Shirley Mitchell, who he married on August 29, 1954. They welcomed four sons into their lives. Lawrence also hired his car as a cab driver in Edmonton before moving onto construction work, building highways all across Alberta, and then onto being a pipeliner for 14 years. During this time, he worked all across Canada. In 1971, Lawrence and Shirley purchased 480 acres of land in the Iola area, a quarter of which was where he grew up. “And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer.” Lawrence loved working their land. They had a mixed farm that included grain, hay, Limousine cattle, horses, chickens, ducks, and geese; as well as the occasional stray turkey, rabbits, and other assorted animals. Lawrence and Shirley raised a tight-knit family, and many a fun-filled weekend was spent out on the family farm with their sons, their spouses, the grandchildren, and later the great grandchildren.
Lawrence will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his wife and best friend of 67 years, Shirley; and his four sons: Lawrence (Lynda) of Edmonton; Ricky (Yvonne) of Calgary; Michael (Terri) of Red Deer; and Darin (Marilee) of Sylvan Lake. He will also be lovingly remembered as Poppa to his nine cherished grandchildren: Jason, Thomas, Chantal, Melissa, Steve, Adam, Byron, Eric, and Austin; and as Pa to his nine precious great grandchildren: Shaela, Madlyn, Hayden, Charlotte, Mia, Wyatt, Anthony, Emmett, and Elianna; in addition to many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Lawrence was predeceased by his parents, his granddaughter, Kristine; one brother, Clarence; and four sisters: Marge, Laura, Doreen, and Gloria.
A Graveside Service in Celebration of Lawrence’s Life was held at the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Marco Ste-Marie officiating. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Lawrence’s memory may be made directly to STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 (www.stars.ca); or to the University of Alberta Hospital – Intensive Care Unit, c/o University Hospital Foundation, 1H1.91 WMC, 8440 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2B7 (www.universityhospitalfoundation.ab.ca). Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
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