Dion Waschyshyn

July 27, 2016 17 Condolences Print Obituary

John 14:1-4 "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going."

This is the story of Dion Waschyshyn. Dion was a wonderful man, husband, father, brother, son-in-law and friend that was loved, are truly missed, and will forever be cherished. Dion was amazing at his Ukrainian cooking skills, digging his bare feet deep in the earth while working in his garden and fixing every little problem that seemed to come up around the house not only for himself, but others as well.

Dion's story begins in 1969,he was the younger of two brothers to John and Olga Wachyshyn. He was born in Edmonton but his heart was with his grandma at the family farm in Thorhild, AB. Spending summer after summer admiring his Grandma Rose, learning to cook borscht and work in the garden, picking eggs as a farm hand at such a young age. He enjoyed getting into mischief with his big brother Terry and his many cousins. During his teenage years, he played drums in a band and sported a crazy mohawk. As Dion got older, he decided to travel the world a bit by living in both Hawaii and New Mexico but eventually became homesick for his family. In 1997, Dion met Lisa at a little corner gas station and at that time his life settled down. They married in 2001 and soon after wanted to become a family man. He went to school at NAIT and became a fully certified plumbing and heating technician with his gasfitting ticket.

In 2003, their first daughter Paige was born and was a spitting image of Dion, from looks to personality. His love and natural talent with every instrument he picked up continues to shine through her. In 2006, Zachary was born, and was so proud to have a gentle and kind soul boy to carry on the Waschyshyn name. In 2011, Liesel completed his family with her spunky personality and there wasn't a day he didn't laugh at her quirkiness and told her daily to never grow up. Family was his priority, and he was very proud and protective of them all.

Wanting to get away from city life, Dion moved his family to Kingman AB in 2009 and tried to get back to his roots of country living. He also began his home based business of Lord of the Drains Plumbing, Heating and Gasfitting. He was a hard working man. He ran his business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week very rarely taking a day off to be sure his clients were taken care of. He held pride to be the owner of Lord of the Drains and built it from just a dream to a successful business.

Dion spent a short 46 years with all of us and he proved himself as a hard working, loving husband and father, dedicated friend and proud man. God broke our hearts to prove he had to take one of the best. Never a day will go by that he is not remembered in our hearts and souls. A heart of gold stopped beating and two twinkling eyes were closed to rest.

And so the story goes on until we see our husband, father, brother, son-in-law and friend again. Words will never express how much we love you and miss you. Thank you for sharing your life with all of us Dion. Until we meet in His Kingdom, we love you.

Celebration of Dion's Life
August 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm
Kingman Hall, Kingman, AB

All are welcome to join us.

  1. Rest in Peace my beloved son in law. Only God knows how much you will be missed by your family and friends. You were truly loved as your last days on this earth showed so clearly, having your family and friends holding a steady vigil with you until our Father in Heaven took you home. Thank you for being in my life, you will forever be in my heart.

  2. I only met Dion a couple of times but knew family was a priority and the way his kids adored him shows he was doing it right! My sincere condolences to Lisa, his beautiful children and the rest of his family.

  3. My condolences to Lisa, Paige, Zach and Liesel. Although we have not seen each other for quite awhile, you are always in our hearts. Our hearts are broken for you and your family.

  4. My sincere condolences to you Lisa and family for the loss of Dion. I wish I had the opportunity to have met him but from what I’ve been told and read he was a wonderful husband and father and will be deeply missed. Sending you all my love.

  5. My condolences to Lisa and family. I met Dion at parent/teacher interviews. His committment to his family was very clear and his strength and character is present in his children.

  6. Dear Lisa and family,

    I know that words are inadequate at a time like this but I wanted you to know how very sorry I am for your loss. The loss of a spouse is a tragic event and I can only imagine the pain and suffering you are experiencing. Through this sadness, you will always have the memory of him to hold in your hearts.
    The Bible reminds us that “Blessed are those that mourn for they shall be comforted.” I pray that this will be especially true for you and your family as you mourn your loss.
    I pray that God will give you all the strength to see you through this sad and difficult time. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all.
    In Sympathy,
    Pamela Rattray

  7. There are no words to express how saddened I am to hear of your loss Lisa. I can’t imagine the hurt and loss that you, your children and family are all going through at this time. Please know, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Tanya

  8. Rest in Peace Dion, I have nothing but fond memories of growing up with you and your Brother Terry. I smile when I think of you’re and my mom trying to look after us mangy batch of boys.

  9. Lisa,
    Dion was a wonderful husband, father & friend. We cannot find words to express our sincere condolences for you and the kids. We always really held you guys in our hearts as the best of the good guys. We send our love and if you need a listening ear, please reach out, anytime. I am sure God has a plan, although right now it seems unclear, to you (and everyone).

  10. Rest in Peace my nephew,Dion Waschyshyn.

  11. Dear Lisa and Family,
    We were shocked to hear of Dion’s passing — I cannot imagine the strength this experience is requiring. I hope that through time, support, faith and all your good memories you’ll find the light that will assist you through this time.
    I’ve always had immense appreciation for Dion, and his work, and having you two and your services available to us. His kind, genuine, conscientious heart shined through in his business — so valuable and refreshing in today’s world.
    All our best thoughts to you and the kids as you find yourself in this unimaginable change and as you find those beginning steps moving forward.

  12. I was a preceptor nursing student on the unit where Dion stayed during his final days. He was a lovely patient and I only wish I could have done more to help him and the family through this difficult time. I wish you all the best in the future. You’re in my thoughts. My deepest condolences to the family.

    Sincerely,
    Jessie

  13. Please know my heart, thought, and prayers are with you all.
    May God’s presence be truly felt during this, the hardest of times.
    In my prayers,

    Al

  14. I worked on a few jobs with Dion and found him to be pleasant and easy to visit with. I was shocked to hear of his passing, and my sympathies to Lisa and family. I only hope he didnt suffer too long. God bless

  15. I haven’t spoken with Dion or his family in quite a long time and when I had heard of Dion’s passing I felt truly saddened by the news as from my past memories of Dion I did remember how truly devoted he was to his family and for the times he was of great help to us. If time could be turned back, I wish our families could have tried harder in remembering what was most important instead wasting precious time on what was truly minute. Dion, you were a wonderful brother-in-law and I really do wish our families had never broken apart as we did lose someone tremendous. You will remain in our hearts and we will never forget you.

  16. To Lisa,
    We would like to convey our sincere condolences to you And your precious family.
    We didn’t learn of Dion’s passing until now, Sept. 16th.
    We will certainly miss having Dion as our plumber. He was a excellent.
    Wishing you Gods abundant love.
    Elaine and Dennis Sherbanuk

  17. I have only just learned of Dion’s passing. He was the best plumber I ever knew, and I am very sorry for your loss.

    Jeffrey Van Alstine

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