Wayne Gerald Ganser was born on August 14, 1952 in Provost to parents Gerald & Ada Ganser (Lind). He was the only son and second child of four in his family.
Dad loved growing up on the farm and always knew the farm life was for him. As a kid, he enjoyed working on machinery and in the fields with his dad and teaching his sisters how to drive. When his dad passed away in July of 1975, he unexpectedly became the one in charge of the family farm.
Wayne married Wendy Trenerry on October 26, 1974. Wanda was born in September 1975 and Wes followed a short time later in March 1977. Family life was busy on the farm with animals, quads, ski-doos and keeping the machinery running smoothly. Arena life became the norm when hockey season started and this continued for 25 years while Wayne had the contract to manage the arena. Both Wanda and Wes (and maybe a few of their friends) logged many extra hours of free ice when dad was running the rink and probably enjoyed a few free orders of late night arena fries! There may have also been a few “after hours” shinny games that involved Wes and Curtis vs Dad, Harold and Paul. He was so excited to be the first manager at CPP when it opened. He took great pride in keeping that building in pristine shape. Many lifelong friendships were formed at the Arena.
Wayne always enjoyed playing baseball in the summer and curling and hockey in the winter. But when he couldn’t play anymore, he was excited to watch the grandkids play their sports. There wasn’t many arenas in Alberta that he hadn’t seen the inside of! Wayne loved watching the grandkids play sports just as much as he enjoyed watching Wanda and Wes play their sports growing up.
Slowly, after the past number of years, mom was able to convince dad to take those winter holidays to Mexico. Though he was really never a fan of the heat, admittedly he loved those trips and always had another fishing story to add to his file after they returned.
Wayne enjoyed camping. That old suburban logged so many miles for family camping trips, from Dillberry, to Penticton, to Long Lake every May long weekend. So many good memories from those times…fish that were caught, laughs that were had and games that were played. He never complained packing up to go, even though it would take half a day to load the trailer, put the boat on the suburban and hook-up! Camping was something mom and dad continued to enjoy doing, even after Wanda and Wes were grown up and moved out.
Wayne passed away suddenly at home on January 13, 2022.
He will be forever remembered and missed by his wife of over 47 years, Wendy; daughter Wanda (Marc) Chartrand and their children Lauren & Cameron; son Wes (Nicole) Ganser and their children Kennedy, Carter, Mason & Colson; sisters Linda Weinkauf (Louie Banack), Judy (Lyle) Rogers, their daughters Katelyn (Cole, daughter Lindy) Angeltvedt and Carly (Cody, son Dallas) Axley; and Terry (Ken) Deck and their sons Tyler (Amy and children Huxley, Rowan & Jayla) Deck and Jeremy (Skyla, daughter Ava) Deck; father in law Wilf Trenerry and brother in law Ross (Debbie) Trenerry; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Wayne was predeceased by his parents Gerald & Ada Ganser (Lind); step father, George Lind; mother in law Irene Trenerry; brother in laws Dallas Trenerry and Leo Weinkauf.
A funeral service for Wayne will be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Central Lutheran Church in Provost, Alberta with Father Binu Rathappillil officiating. Interment will follow at the Provost Cemetery.
For those attending, we will be following the expectations of the Restrictions Exemption Program. Proof of vaccinations (two weeks post second shot) or a negative test is required. Indoor masking is also required. A live stream of Wayne's funeral will be available through the GFH website.