KJERSEM, Gary Ingwald

September 9, 1948 – July 13, 2021

With sadness we announce that Gary Kjersem passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in Calgary, AB at the age of 72 years. He was born in Estevan, SK to Thelma and Inky Kjersem. 

Gary will be deeply missed by his loving wife and best friend, Cheryl; his son, Chris (Halie); daughter, Amanda (Stephen); and his much loved grandson, William Kjersem Weir. 

The loss is immeasurable but so is the love left behind.

Instead of flowers, Gary would want you to express your love to those you value.

Arrangements entrusted to Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – email: cochrane@piersons.ca – Ph: 403-932-1039

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  1. On 14/07/2021 at 4:02 pm David & Lil Wanner Said:

    Cheryl & family, so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    David & Lil

  2. On 14/07/2021 at 5:16 pm Joe & Charlotte Nagel Said:

    We are heartbroken to hear of Gary’s passing. We will miss him so much. Miss his music, his laughter,his sense of humor. He was a great man and a great friend. Prayers for Cheryl and the family. We love you guys!

  3. On 14/07/2021 at 5:24 pm Gerry & Cheryl Said:

    We will Miss Gary and all the great times we had in Yuma and the jam session. Gary was a great organizer and planner when we travelled down south . Gary and Cheryl have been My wife Cheryl friends since they were kids in Estevan and my friend for last 47 plus years. Ours thoughts will always be with Cheryl and family.

  4. On 14/07/2021 at 6:16 pm Val and Paul Davies Said:

    Our deepest sympathies to Cheryl and her family in the passing of Gary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  5. On 14/07/2021 at 8:27 pm Ken and Judy Potts Said:

    We are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We only knew Gary for a few years but he is definitely one of our best memories of Yuma. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cheryl and family at this time.

  6. On 15/07/2021 at 6:46 am Ron and Ardith Said:

    Cheryl, Chris and Amanda we are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you at such a difficult time.

  7. On 15/07/2021 at 1:07 pm Blair and Ruth Said:

    Cheryl,Karen,Wayne,David and Families
    No words can express how shocked we were to hear of Gary’s passing. Our hearts and thoughts are with you all.
    I have very many fond memories of Family BBQs on the Kjersem Farm by the old Power Plant in Estevan. All the Aunts and Uncles would solve the world problems while all the cousins would go on trial rides on the ponies they had on the farm.Gary rode his favorite pony Thunder and then later his horse King. On sleep overs we would help Karen and Gary do their chores,go swimming and then go to the pasture to bring the sheep home. These are only a few of the memories that I will cherish forever. Cheryl & I went to the same schools and then were roommates in Regina. Oddly my husband Blair was Gary’s roommate along with Ted and Bill while going to university. May all your Cherished memories bring joy,laughter & comfort at this very difficult time. May you know you are not alone as there are many who share in your Loss.
    Rest in Peace Gary. You will be truly missed. Blair and Ruth (Cousin)

  8. On 15/07/2021 at 6:51 pm Shirley Morgan Said:

    My heart is saddened to hear of Gary’s passing, what an amazing man and friend he was. I am thankful to have been his friend and for his sharing the gift of music, and sharing his gift with me. Cheryl and family my prayers and thoughts are with you. My deepest sympathies.

  9. On 15/07/2021 at 8:55 pm Monique Labrecque Said:

    Sincere condolences to you Amanda and your whole family, my thoughts are with you all during this difficult time.

  10. On 16/07/2021 at 4:58 pm Greg and Lorianne Edwards Said:

    Hearts are with Gary’s family. He brought so much joy when we would listen to him and brother Dave play guitars in the campsite and before John’s wedding. Hugs to all!

  11. On 17/07/2021 at 7:10 am Lyle & Pat Cundall Said:

    Cheryl and family, so very very sorry to learn of Gary’s passing. Many memories of school days, for both Pat and I, and as Ruth and Blair make reference to Gary and his horses. I remember fondly the annual Estevan Exhibition where we both took our horse to show and compete. This is where I first met Gary. Cheryl, am so glad we spoke the other evening and to talk of your memories and family. Sure thinking of you at this sad time.

  12. On 17/07/2021 at 5:28 pm Evelyn Sandquist Said:

    Cheryl and family, please accept my deepest sympathy on Gary’s passing. It saddens my heart to know another valley friend is gone. The Kjersem family has been part of our growing up years and we will cherish those memories forever. May God in his mercy grant you peace and comfort at this most difficult time.

  13. On 17/07/2021 at 8:36 pm Gary & Judy Moroz (Rohatyn) Said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of deep loss. I also have great memories of many Sundays spent at the Kjersem farm with pony rides and lots of music and laughter. Treasure your memories and continue his legacy of music and joy. Judy (cousin) & Gary Moroz

  14. On 18/07/2021 at 1:31 pm Nathan & Brenda Lamb Said:

    Nathan was the best man at Gary & Cheryl’s wedding and Gary and was best man at our wedding. Lots of wonderful memories over the years. Those are the times you never forget. Cheryl, Chris, Amanda and precious grandson and family we can only imagine how much you will miss him. Also our condolences to Gary’s brothers, sister and relatives. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. On 19/07/2021 at 11:10 am Orilea Colins Said:

    My thoughts and prayers for you Cheryl and your family for your loss of Gary. I think so often of the wonderful times of friendship that we shared when building our homes side by side at Cochrane, can’t imagine how how you will miss him ❤️

  16. On 19/07/2021 at 3:59 pm Kim and Glen Said:

    Cheryl, Chris and Amanda. We are saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. We will always remember his infectious wit, laughter and positive outlook on life and of the people around him. I was lucky to have worked with Gary and to have made several work related training trips with him. He would always ensure we arrived a couple of days early to our destination in order that we acclimated ourselves to the new surroundings which he thoroughly enjoyed. Gary would be our chauffer when exploring the city’s interesting sites and scenery due to him being prone to car sickness if he was riding in the passenger seat. The memories will be cherished going forward. Our thoughts are with you during this challenging time in your lives.

  17. On 19/07/2021 at 4:48 pm Sharon Skappak Said:

    So saddened to hear the news of Gary’s passing. He was one of the first people I met at Shell Jumping Pound and he brought so much joy to our office. The many times he brought out the crib board to calm the managers down, the volunteer work he was involved in were so appreciated! He made all of us laugh so often, something that is sadly missing these days. The last time I chatted with Gary was at the Big Hill Lodge where my mom is now. He was playing his guitar
    Gene and I send our thoughts and prayers to you Cheryl and your family. He will truly be missed!

  18. On 20/07/2021 at 5:03 am Allen Weinhandl Said:

    My thoughts to you and your family Cheryl. Many fond memories living next door at Cochrane Lake. Take care.

  19. On 20/07/2021 at 12:17 pm Dawn Lashmar Said:

    I had the great pleasure of working with Gary at the beginning of my career. He was by far the best part of going to work, I never knew what story he would tell that day but I’m knew without a doubt we would share a laugh or two. He was one of the greatest men I ever met and my only regret is not staying better in touch. My condolences to you Cheryl and your beautiful family!

  20. On 23/07/2021 at 8:06 am Marketa Stenzel Said:

    Dear Cheryl and family, so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. R
    emembering our times at Cochrane Lake. My thoughts are with you.

  21. On 23/07/2021 at 9:30 am Bill & Marie Harris Said:

    Dear Cheryl, so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We first met in Grade 5 and I always valued his intelligence and constant smile. Hugs to you and your family.

  22. On 23/07/2021 at 9:40 am Lynn Giantomaso Said:

    Dear Cheryl and all your family , I was shocked and so saddened to hear the loss of Gary. He was such a good man and I know you will miss him immensely. My love and prayers go out to you all at this time.

  23. On 25/07/2021 at 12:39 pm John and Nancy McEwen Said:

    Our heart felt sorrow for your loss Cheryl and family. We will miss him immensely but he will not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Cheryl.

  24. On 25/07/2021 at 7:44 pm Norm + Dorica Parrott Said:

    Cheryl and family. We are shocked and saddened by the news of Gary’s passing. He was truly one of the nicest people we have ever known. Our paths have crossed many times- from me delivering milk or water, to seeing him at JP Shell. Always smiling, always kind word, just a genuine person. Our prayers and thoughts are of you at this time. May you be comforted by the outstanding life Gary lived and knowing how special he was to all the people he touched. Norm + Dorica

  25. On 26/07/2021 at 12:25 pm Cheryl M Patterson Said:

    It is with a sadden heart to hear the loss of Gary. I worked with Gary for almost twenty years at Shell Jumping Pound. He was the best supervisor I had for 5 of those years I worked for him.
    He was always keep me laughing & would cheer me up. I will always remember him. He always talked about Chery & the kids. My thoughts & prayers to the family. He will always be missed

  26. On 28/07/2021 at 6:58 pm Don A. Hochstein Said:

    My deepest condolences to the family. He was a good friend worked with him for Graham in Estevan.

  27. On 03/08/2021 at 9:22 pm Tristen Cones and Patricia Robertson Said:

    Dear Mrs. Kjersem, you were such a big part of my life and I got to hear so much about your adventures with Gary that I felt I knew him too. We are so saddened by your loss and you are in our thoughts.

  28. On 15/08/2021 at 3:15 pm Karl Gibbie Said:

    From the all the Jammers at Seniors on the Bow, we too are saddened at the loss of Gary and his wonderful guitar music, he was an accomplished musician who graced our weekly sessions with his songs and smiling presence, we will continue to play his favorites. A very old one (by Patsy Cline in the ’50s) I remember is “You Belong to Me” which he could not accept and instead sang as “I love you”a beautiful rendition.

  29. On 25/08/2021 at 8:40 am Tristan Ziegenhagel Said:

    Cheryl and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. We will most certainly miss seeing Gary’s wonderful smile and our chats here at the clinic.
    You are in our thoughts.

  30. On 25/09/2021 at 3:20 pm Greg Gordey Said:

    Cheryl and Family, my deepest condolences and sympathies to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing.