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WPCA Saddened By The Passing Of Former Chuckwagon Driver Cody Bengtson


Cody Bengtson
July 4, 1932 - January 5, 2018

The World Professional Chuckwagon Association was saddened by passing of former chuckwagon driver Cody Bengtson on Friday, January 5, 2018 from natural causes at the age of 85 years.

Cody was born in Frontier, Saskatchewan on July 4, 1932.  When he was three years old, Cody moved with his family to the Leedale area in 1935.  He was raised with a large family of eight siblings.  Cody later moved to Rimbey where he met and was united in marriage to Kay, and together they raised two daughters. 

Cody raced chuckwagons professionally throughout the 1970's into the early 1990's on both the WPCA and NPCA circuits and raced at all of the big shows, most notably at the Calgary Stampede, Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Ponoka Stampede. He raced at the Calgary Stampede seven times between 1979 and 1990. Hes best year at the Calgary Stampede came in 1986 when he recorded 5 top five runs in ten nights - one first place run, two second place runs, one fourth and one fifth place run - to finish 3rd overall in total earnings and 8th in the overall aggregate.

Cody is survived by his loving family:  his two daughters, Brenda Lewis (Greg Conway) of Rimbey; and Pam Elliot (Tony Gates) also of Rimbey; and three treasured grandsons:  Cody Lewis (Rhea Frank), Dustin Lewis, and Milton Elliot; as well as his cherished great granddaughter, Kinsley Kay Lewis.  He is also survived by the mother of his children, Kay Osbaldeston of Rimbey; three sisters:  Thelma Murray of Edmonton; Eleanor (John) Komonoski of Calgary; and Sylvia Bengtson of Sylvan Lake; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews, additional family members, and many dear friends.  Cody was predeceased by his parents, John and Hannah Bengtson; and five siblings:  Norma Bunch, Virginia Scanlon, Ruby Farrell, Stan Bengtson, and Fred Bengtson. 

A Public Memorial Service in Celebration of Cody’s Life was held at the Rimbey United Church, Rimbey on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Deborah Laing officiating.  A time of fellowship in Cody’s Honour followed at the Royal Canadian Legion, Rimbey.  If friends desire, memorial tributes in Cody’s Memory may be made directly to Parkinson Alberta, #102, 4918 - 46 Street, Red Deer, Alberta  T4N 1N2 (www.parkinsonalberta.ca).  Condolences to the family may also be expressed by e-mail to:  special_reflections@telusplanet.net

Cody will be missed by all in the WPCA, and we extend our sincere condolences to the Bengtson family.

Billy Melville


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