DAU, Raymond Woodrow


 - 2010
Raymond Woodrow Dau was born on September 15, 1911, in Idaho to George and Bertha Dau. Together with older brother Donald, the family of four immigrated to Canada in 1914, settling in Three Hills, AB. Ray would call Three Hills home for the next 95 years. From his earliest years, Ray had a strong connection with prairie land and farming. He remembered playing with his brother in the fields - splashing through the spring run-offs, hiding among the tall prairie grasses or running about the sheaves of grain at harvest time. He would tell stories of spring blizzards that covered the barns, and adventures with the cattle that were herded by horseback. The rhythm of life on the prairie farm that he experienced as a child would remain with him for the rest of his life. Ray saw the world change and modernize around him - such as when his dad brought home the family's first automobile; when the farm's first tractor (a 15-30 McCormick Deering) replace the eight-head horse team; or when Massey Harris introduced swathers and combines in the late 30s - bringing a close to the thresher era. In 1941, Ray's connection with the land was eclipsed by an even greater affection when he married Margaret Meston - the love of his life and faithful companion until her passing 66 years later. Together, he and Margaret settled just east of Three Hills in Ghost Pine, where they raised their four children - Allan, Bill, Joanne and Bob. Whether it was leading the Rural Electrification Association in the 40s or the local 4-H Club in the 50s and 60s, Ray was an active part of the community and gave his time and efforts generously. He was involved with the formation of the Three Hills Seed Plant and the Three Hills Rural Gas Co-op. Planting trees, tending to the farm's many gardens with his wife, and woodworking were all favourite pastimes. His vegetable gardens were legendary, and his woodworking skills continued to be strong even as he aged. At age 95, Ray built a to-scale replica of the barn on his farm. Of immeasurable pride were his grandchildren - he patiently taught them the art of driving a lawn tractor and never complained when saws and hammers went missing from his woodworking shop for use by one of the grandkids on some project or another. Ray is survived by his children Allan (Jane), Bill (Pat), and Joanne; daughter-in-law Susan; grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Eva. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret in 2007, his son Bob in 1986 and brother Don in 2010. Though much can be said of Ray as a farmer, husband and community leader, his legacy is his deep abiding love for Jesus. A humble man of faith, his well worn Bible underlines God's promise: "I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands." Deut. 5:10. From all the generations that have followed you, we look back today and thank you for this blessing. Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm from Manor Gospel Church, Three Hills. Interment took place earlier in Three Hills Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Linden Nursing Home or charity of choice. Kneehill Funeral Services Ltd. entrusted with arrangements. 403-443-5111/403-442-2123.