Private Henry George Plante

Henry was born on May 4, 1922 at Bittern Lake, Alberta to George Louis Plante and Armenia Cowan, farming pioneers. They lived in that area until his father passed away at 30 years of age and moved to a farm at Stanger, Alberta. He loved horses and spent many hours working and riding them. He remembers the cattle drive when he was 11 from Wetaskiwin to Stanger, approximately 225 kilometres on horseback. At 70 years old with his sons, 2-son-in-laws, and close friend, they did a 10 day pack trip into Grande Cache area, AB.

He enjoyed all sports and participated in many as well as coached. Dancing, singing, camping, hunting and fishing where many of his talents and passed his passion to the outdoors to all of his children and grandchildren.

He enlisted in 1942 and while in Holland he met and married Gertrudia Brongers, a widow with two daughters. When war ended they immigrated to British Columbia Canada for a short time while adjusting to a different life style. Moving back to Alberta with two sons added to their family, they farmed for awhile but other adventure called. Henry owned and cooked in a restaurant, worked in a cannery, oil patch, until becoming a steam engineer and worked in Edmonton for many years. Two more daughters completed their family and they made a move back to the country where with the help of his two sons, they cut trees, sawed and built the modern family home. They resided in Lake Isle, Ab. until health had them move to Spruce Grove residing in their home till assisted living was required for his wife. Henry resided in the Spruce Grove Manor for 10 years continuing enjoying his involvement with that community. He drove till he was 91 years old, still loved camping and was very involved with his family. He passed away on March 2, 2015 living a full and happy life, loved deeply by his family.

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