Obituary for Chester Obadiah Earl Archibald Ferris

March 10, 2021
It is with profound grief and shock that we announce the sudden passing of Chester Obadiah “Obie” Earl Archibald Ferris on Feb. 16, 2021, at the age of 38.

Obie was raised in Glenwood, Alta. Except for a few short periods of time working or attending school elsewhere, he spent his life in southern Alberta.

Obie was always up for an adventure and delighted in trying new things. He loved golfing, hiking and going to concerts with his friends, and he spent many summer days floating down the river with his kids and his friends.

Obie worked hard his whole life, and, though he never settled into one career, he enjoyed all of the different and various occupations he worked. Whether he was helping build or renovate houses, working concrete with the “Tollestrup Crew,” flying helicopters or, as in recent years, working on the McGlenn family farm, he could find the fun and the interesting in everything he did.

But the truest joy he found in life was and always will be embodied in his four children.

Obie leaves behind his devoted wife, Lacey (McGlenn), and their four children: Zona, Izack, Saphira and Kingston. He will be loved and missed by his parents, Brenda and Chester “Sonny” Ferris; his sisters: Brenester “Brandie” (Greg) Sunley, nephew Jerrick and niece Gabriella; and Chessenda (Ryan) Harty; as well as his in-laws: June and Robert McGlenn, Jennifer (Edward) Pollard and Meagan (Jared) Abrams, and their families.

He is also mourned by his half-siblings Hugh Ferris; Bill (Bridget) Swagar and their children, Seranda and Reid; Tammie (Calvin) Haczkewicz and her children, William (Ashley) Kiselicka and Patrick Kiselicka; Colleen (Bob) Ekland and their children, Garth and Kieran; and Steven (Sandra) Smith and their children, Cheyanne, Kelsey and Courtney.

Obie will forever be fondly remembered by his numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Earl and May Archibald, Chester Ferris and Helen Howe; his aunt Judy Archibald; and his cousin Craig Alan Archibald. Right now, he’s very likely raising a glass with his best friend, Jared “Joe” Carmichael, while the two of them make plans to watch over us all for all the years to come.

Family and friends were invited to see Obie on Feb. 22, and a private service was held on Feb. 23, 2021, in Lethbridge, Alta. The family invites those who wish to view the video of the service to visit and scroll to the bottom of the obituary.

In lieu of flowers, his wife and family request donations be made in Obie’s name to McMan Youth, Family and Community Services ( or to Moms Stop The Harm (

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