J. Maxwell Olding

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     Max Olding - April 12, 1927 - October 31, 2019, aged 92 years, entered into rest at the Roblin Personal Care Home, Roblin Manitoba with family at his side. Max, was born John Maxwell Olding to Walter and Yvonne Olding, on the family homestead farm near Turtleford Saskatchewan in the Paradise Hill District. Max attended the West Hazel School which was about 3 miles across country from the homestead for grades one through 10, he further advanced his education by attending college for electrical and electronics courses. Early years were spent in many remote areas in remote camps such as lumber, saw mill and road building. He also spent time in Uranium City and Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan, as well as McBride, BC and some time in northern Ontario. It was during his time in the north that at age 24 he has an accident where his right foot was run over by a D9 cat, for the next 50 years he had no feeling in his foot but at the age of 75 started to have feeling. A very important timeline in Max’s life was at the age of 32, were after eight years of searching he became a born-again Christian. His faith in his belief was his rock till his last breath.  After starting his family, they lived in multiple locations such as Turtleford, Maidstone, Lloydminster, Glen Ewen And Abbotsford. The move to Abbotsford was a big event, where he moved his young family to a new job where he was a manager for a large chicken farm where they processed more than 80,000 chickens every 60 days.

     In 1992, at the age of 65 Max retired. He packed most of his possessions in a camper converted school bus and drove it from British Columbia to his roots on the land and area that he grew up on in Saskatchewan. He had multiple hobbies which included strange it is sounds digging wells, gardening, gold panning, money and stamp collections, professional puzzle and sudoku completer, as well as at times just laying around his beloved cabin situated near the family homestead. As much as Saskatchewan was home and beautiful, he relished the beauty of the mountains and hiking to many top view’s around the Fraser Valley Like Mount Baker, Hemlock and Chem. In 2015, Max moved into the Enriched Manor in Edam, Saskatchewan and eventually to Roblin Personal Care Home, in Roblin, Manitoba, where his resided until his passing.

     He leaves behind his wife Ladawaen, 3 sons; Walter (Aree), David, Rick (Kristel), 3 grandchildren Johnaton, Tanya and Edward, 2 great grandchildren Corbin and Liam, 2 sisters Alynne, Lucy (Gary), sister-in-law Carol, as well as many nieces and nephews. Max is predeceased by his parents; Walter and Yvonne, 2 brothers; Bert and George and 1 sister Jeanne.


A funeral service will be held November 6, 2019 at 2pm from the Turtleford United Church, Turtleford, Saskatchewan with interment following at the Turtleford Cemetery. Those who so desire may make memorial contributions to the Lighthouse Habour Ministries - Unit 1, 260 East Esplanade, North Vancouver, BC, V7L 1A3.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to NairnChyz-Wolkowski Funeral Service, Roblin, Manitoba.


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Funeral Service
November 6, 2019

2:00 PM
Turtleford United Church
Main Street
Turtleford, SK S0M2Y0

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