PALKO – Edward
Edward Robert Palko was born Oct. 24th, 1943 in Tisdale, SK the younger of two children to parents John and Helen Palko. Ed and his sister Elsie grew up together and attended school in the Pine Creek School division east of Mistatim, SK. In the early years the Palko family farmed and sold saw logs at Mistatim and come winter they would head off to British Columbia where he and his family would work in both the lumber and coal mining camps of Prince George and Elkford.
With road construction booming in the sixties Ed found work with Healy Brothers construction picking rocks. While working with Healy’s he was given the opportunity to start operating heavy machinery which he both enjoyed and had the knack for. After a short period with Healy’s, Ed went to work for Pott’s construction of Shellbrook where he operated all types of equipment but fell in love with the grader. Today there are many miles of road in the Province that were finished by him and his beloved Caterpillar 14D.
It was Pott’s construction that brought Ed to Shellbrook where he met the love of his life Marilyn Ernst. After dating for about a year they were married Aug. 16th 1976. For the first year Marilyn followed Ed living with both his parents and in camp while he continued to work road construction. Ed then decided to sell his farm at Mistatim and on their first wedding anniversary began working for the RM of Shellbrook which he put his heart and soul into for 42 years.
Ed was a quiet, reserved man who preferred to stay out of the big crowds. He and his family enjoyed time at the lakes in the summer, Sunday suppers at grandma and grandpa’s house and just spending time together. Best of all, he loved getting out and ensuring his roads were in tip-top shape no matter the season. He always said make sure to put a few of my ashes on the sugar hill grid.
Edward is lovingly survived by, his loving wife of 43 years, Marilyn Palko (nee: Ernst) of Shellbrook, SK; His children, Cory Palko (Shannon Chandler) of Shellbrook, SK and daughter: Austen Chandler; Christopher Palko of Prince Albert, SK; Brennan Palko of Prince Albert, SK; His parents-in-law, Louis and Mamie Ernst of Shellbrook, SK; His siblings-in-law, Shelley (Terry) Kennedy of Shellbrook, SK; Bob (Janelle) Ernst of Shellbrook, SK; Glenn Ernst (Leslie Brown) of Holbein, SK; David Ernst of Shellbrook, SK; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Edward is predeceased by, His parents, John and Helen Palko; His sister, Elsie LeBlanc; and His brother-in-law, Pete LeBlanc.
A Memorial Service will be held for Edward on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. from the Shellbrook Seniors Hall with Delores Beaulac officiating. In lieu of tributes, memorial donations may be made in memory of Edward to either the Shellbrook & Districts Health Services Foundation or to S.T.A.R.S. Foundation (Hanger 21-2475 Airport Rd Saskatoon, SK S7L 1M4).
Family and friends wishing to send online condolences are welcome to visit www.beaulacfuneralhome.com Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Beau “Lac” Funeral Home, Lynn Anderson, Tammy Smart – Funeral Director, Shellbrook, SK 306-747-2828.
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