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Alfred passed away on October 29, 1990, and is buried in the Danver's Cemetery, north of Erickson.

Son, Winston, died Febrnary 15, 1987 and was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean.


Back row: Bob, Katherine, Bobby, Harry, Cory and Mike

Seated: Sharon, Gladys and Donna

Harry Frederick Tiller and Gladys Ruth Wickdahl were married at Bethel Lutheran Church, Erickson, on August 31, 1957. They built their home in Brandon at 1137 Dennis Street in 1958 and still reside at this address. Harry was employed as a carpenter with Parkdale Builders and over the years was involved with the constrnction of nwnerous bungalows, split levels, apartment blocks and condos, as well as the Colonial Inn and Roll'n' Pin Restaurant. He still is called on when repairs and renova­ tions are required. As well, he assists friends and family with projects.

Harry enjoys singing and is a long-standing member of the Brandon Barbershoppers and has served on the exec­ utive for many years. As a charter member of Redeemer Lutheran Church he has served several terms on Church Council, sings in the choir and helps out with any projects requiring carpentry skills.

Harry and Gladys have two daughters: Sharon Ruth, born at Minnedosa Hospital onAugust 30, 1958;and Donna Lynne, born at Brandon General Hospital on April 8, 1961.

Gladys was a stay at home mom until the girls were in the upper grades. As a charter member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Gladys has also served on Church Council and also on the EL W board. She was a willing driver for youngsters needing a ride to school, church activities, and sports events. When Crocus Plains Regional School opened in 1974, she applied and was hired as cashier in the school cafeteria. Eighteen years later, III

1992, Gladys took early retirement to spend more time with her family.

Harry and Gladys enjoy traveling and have made two trips to Norway, once in 1985 and a second trip in 1992. Highlights ofthese trips were visiting the Tiller Church in Trondheim and finding relatives on both the Tiller and Wickdahl sides. A bus tour to the Maritimes, as well as to

ashville, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri, were also enjoyed, as well as trips by car to Alberta, British Colwnbia, Kansas, and Minnesota. In later years they both took up golfing, and Harry now curls in the Masters League at the Brandon Curling Club. Gladys enjoys knitting, crocheting, and tatting (which she learned from her aunt, Lina Gronlund) and also volunteers her time at the Brandon Regional Health Center and with the Christmas Cheer Board.

Sharon Ruth married Robert Burgess on May 5,1979, at Bethel Lutheran Church, Erickson. Bob is employed with Acklands-Grainger Ltd. and, after transfers from Brandon to Altona and Morden, is at present with the store at Swan River. Sharon is a teacher's assistant with the Swan River School Division. They have two children, both born at Brandon General Hospital. Katherine Lynne was born on August 19, 1980 and Robert James was born on January 15, 1983. Katherine graduated from Grade 12 in 1998 and in 1999 with a Technology Diploma. She is presently enrolled with Red River Community College Distance Education in Early Childhood Development and employed at the Swan Valley Day Care. Robert is in Grade 11 and enjoys his time golfing, fishing, snowmobiling and spending part of his holidays at Cranberry Portage with his Great Uncle, Don Brewer.

Donna Lynne married Michael Messel on May 15, 1982 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Brandon. Mike is employed with the City of Brandon and Donna is involved with an Alzheimer patient at Hillcrest Nursing Home. They have one son, Cory Michael, who was born at Brandon General Hospital on December 10,1984. Cory is presently enrolled in grade nine at Crocus Plains Regional School and volunteers his free time at George Fitton School in the Library. Both Cory and his father spend many hours out in the garden. As well, Cory enjoys singing and golfing with his grandpa. Both grandsons enjoy a foursome of golf with their grandparents.

Editor S Note: Harry passed away June 26, 2000.


Russell and Kaye Tiller are still actively farming and still reside on the SE 1O-18-18W. Over the last 5 years, they have expanded their farming operation with the purchase of the E 1124-18-18W (the Kelly Carlson farm), and also the NW 6-17 -18W (also known as the Pete Christopherson's original farmstead). Pete was grandfather to Russell.