Allan Bakken

Allan Bakken

Allan Edgar Bakken

1921 – 2017

It is with deep sorrow that the family of Allan Bakken

announces his passing on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in


Allan was born on August 28, 1921 near Wetaskiwin,

Alberta. Allan was a middle child of nine children.

As an infant, Allan moved to Wardner and in 1926,

the family made the move to Cranbrook. Allan spent

his spare time skating, playing hockey, baseball and

basketball. In 1944, he married his love Elizabeth

Kelly. In 1946 they welcomed daughter Marilyn. In

1949, they acquired two building lots and set to

building their little house at 310 – 6th Avenue. In

1941, he started his career in a millwork plant and

learned his trade. In 1970 at age 48, he opened his own

glass and millwork shop. In 1971, they welcomed first

granddaughter Lora-Lee and in 1973, Jana. As well

as working he was a great supporter of his daughter

and granddaughters in all of their events, sports

and activities. Allan had a huge love for the sport of

golf. Many, many non-work hours were spent at his

beloved Cranbrook Golf Course. In 2000, first great

granddaughter Kelly Murray was born, followed by

Hailey Murray and McKenzie Hirsch in 2003.

Allan was predeceased by his beloved wife Betty and

all but one sibling, Jim. He is survived by his daughter

Marilyn, granddaughters Lora-Lee (Stu) Murray, Jana

(Mike) Hirsch, great granddaughters Kelly, Hailey,

McKenzie and numerous nieces, nephews, family

members and friends.

A celebration of Allan’s life will be held on August

14th at the Cranbrook Golf Course from 2:00 pm to

4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to either the

BC Alzheimer Society or BC SPCA would be truly


Allan’s family are so thankful to all who knew and

loved Allan and made visits to him. This amazing

man will be truly missed.

Arrangements entrusted to

McPherson Funeral Service.

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