John Tullikopf

November 18, 1926 Trochu - July 11, 2017 Three Hills.  John Tullikopf was born, with the assistance of Doc Snyde who managed to get through deep snow with his McLaughlin Buick, to Samuel and Lydia Tullikopf’s. Two brothers, Rhienold and Art followed.

From the early days on the farm, Johnny developed a love of farming. He and his brothers picked saskatoons on the river bank and sold them for 10 cents a pound. As a young man he worked as a “bundle pitcher” on a threshing crew. He worked at both Max Bercovich’s and O.C. Steinbach’s stores, and at John Frere’s Massey dealership. He was part of the construction crew on the old Trochu arena, and with his dad, built three houses in Trochu. Johnny even rode as an outrider for the hotel’s chuckwagon team at the Calgary Stampede in 1949.

Johnny married Betty “Joan” (Boulter) in 1949, while employed at Yard’s Coal Mine east of Trochu. They enjoyed 67 years of marriage and became excellent travelling partners. They had 4 children; Rob, Ann, Tom, and Rick. Johnny was a proud dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa and loved his family, never forgetting Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Christmas with his thoughtful gifts. After a stint selling life insurance, they went to Calgary, where he worked at Eaton’s store. After seeing an ad for a postal worker, he was hired on by Canada Post and worked at sorting and delivering mail. He also spent 10 years in the King’s Own Regiment militia and 2 years with the Civil Defence Auxiliary Police. While in Calgary, he bought 5 acres of land (where the present airport runways are) for $3500. These were probably the best years of their lives. A small, friendly, and close-knit community (now SaddleRidge) grew with 16 homes being built on the acreages. The pull of the land was still there and when an opening became available at the Three Hills post office, he moved the family. He bought the Braconnier farm soon after, and began farming again, as well as working for Alberta Hail and Crop Insurance.

He enjoyed his garden and farm very much, moving into town just over a year ago.

Johnny enjoyed being involved in the community and he worked for many organizations and lodges, including the Flower Club, Pioneer Place, Boy Scouts, St. Barnabas Church, the Mural Society, and Kneehill Museum. He was Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks and Past District Deputy as well as Past Master of the Masonic Lodge.

Johnny was a lifetime member of the Alberta Seniors Sports organization. When Three Hills hosted the Alberta Seniors Summer Games in 1988, he was so proud to light the flame to begin the games. He participated in every senior Winter and Summer Games until 2015. He won gold and silver medals at both Provincial and Dominion Summer Games in track. He worked hard for, supported, and represented his community freely.

Johnny was very proud to be part of the Trochu and Three Hills communities. He had a wealth of knowledge of places, people and events that he could recall from his 90+ years. There was nothing he loved better than to sit and reminisce with old friends about old times.

Johnny was predeceased by his parents, his brother Art, his daughter Ann and son Rob.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Joan, his son Tom (Denise) and children Chaysleigh, Aaron (Jenny), and Damen, son Rick (Joanne) and children Kendra and Nicklaus, daughter-in-law Gerri and sons Brenton (Tara), Blake, Brady (Kelsey) and Boyd, great grandchildren Rylee, Tatum, Brooklyn, Grey, Cooper, Kinsley, Tucker, Summer, Blakely, and Dex, as well as his many nieces and nephews and their families. He is also survived by a sister-in-law Monica Smyth-King and a brother-in-law Jock Bolter (Esther).