With thanks to Jcarter (#48847489) for the additional bio information:
Published in the Messenger of Truth Issue 20, 1956:
Our beloved husband and father, Jasper Thornton Bronson, son of Clark and Minnie Bronson, was born at Lakefield, Petersborough Ontario, on July 16, 1897, and suddenly passed away August 22, 1956, reaching the age of 59 years, 1 month and 6 days.
Father moved to Alberta with his parents in 1905, where they settled in the Haynes district, where he grew to manhood. He served a short time during the first World War. After returning he saw his lost condition and feeling the need of a Saviour, he was converted and joined another faith. Still feeling a lack he sought further, and on March 28, 1936, he was baptized upon the confession of his faith into the fellowship of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite. To this faith he remained faithful; attho' with failings and mistakes, which he overcame by the grace of God.
He was a loving husband and father, especially willing to forgive and forget, leaving us an example to follow. On May 30, 1926 at Linden, Alberta, he was joined in holy matrimony with Anna Friesen, with whom he shared joys and sorrows for over 30 years. This union was blest with 3 sons and 5 daughters.
In 1928 they moved to Crooked Creek, Alberta, where he resided until his death. Here he spent the first years pioneering, experiencing many hardships.
He leaves to mourn his early departure, Anna, his deeply bereaved companion, Doris and her husband, Norman Eidse of Crooked Creek; Stanley and his wife Marion, of Red Deer, Alberta; Ray and his wife Lillian, of Crooked Creek; Joyce and her husband Paul Thiessen, of Abbotsford, British Columbia; Alice, Lloyd, Pearl, Roselynde, of the home; fourteen grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Olive Russell of Red Deer, Alberta, nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. His parents and one small brother proceeded him in death many years ago.
He just stepped out and closed the door,
No parting words were said;
And though he left, and is no more,
It's hard to think he's dead.
The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought his death was so near;
And only those who've lost can tell,
What parting is without farewell.
Sometimes we think we hear his steps,
Approaching through the open door;
Then sadly we remember,
That father will come no more.
The voice of this alarming scene,
May every heart obey;
Nor be the heavenly warning vain,
Which calls us to watch and pray.
We mourn not as those who have no hope, since father expressed himself a short while ago that he was ready to go. He seemed in faith health and as he was working with a gravel crushing crew some forty miles from home, he generally came home over the weekend, attending church service and took active part in Sunday School discussions. His sudden passing is indeed unexpected.
~ Wife and Children ~
Funeral services were held Sunday, August 36, 1956, with Min. P. I. Thiessen speaking from Psa. 46, in the home. In the church introductory remark were made by Min. Alvie Esau. The text was read and words of comfort were spoken by Min. Isaac Toews from the Sunchild mission. Burial was made in the Rosedale Cemetery nearby.
Anna W. Friesen Bronson
1905–1991 (m. 1926)