Dave Chalus

Dave Chalus

Wednesday, August 29th, 1956 - Saturday, October 12th, 2019
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CHALUS - David (Dave) Donald Chalus of Yorkton left this world suddenly on October 12th 2019 at the age of 63. He was predeceased by his wife Linda Chalus (Dunphy) in 2005. Dave was born August 29th, 1956 in Canora, Saskatchewan. He grew up in the Canora, Willowbrook and the Yorkton area. He attended school at Silverwillow, Willowbrook, the Composite and then graduated from Yorkton Regional High School in 1976.
Dave met the love of his life Linda, in 1978 and the two were married in Yorkton November 1st, 1980. Their only child Crystal was born on July 10th, 1982 in Yorkton. The family spent many summers camping at Fishing Lake, Good Spirit and Sportsmans Park, Clear Lake. They enjoyed meeting up with Linda's sisters and their many friends, for fishing, boating and campfires. Dave always had the pot of coffee and breakfast, lunch and supper ready to be served for everyone. He was also the go to man for working a BBQ, no one went without a meal with him around.
Dave worked as a long distance truck driver with Phoenix Transportation. He worked for Westerhaug Bus Lines driving for the Yorkton Maulers, Yorkton Terriers and Girls Melville Prairie Fire.
Many will remember him as their driver on bus trips to Rider Games and other various trips through the province and into the states specifically Minneapolis, Las Vegas and the John Deere Tractor Factory in Illinois. He was an excellent and reliable driver. Dave was a jack-of-all-trades and very handy with every project he took on.
Dave was honored with a son when his daughter married her husband Cortney Solonenko in 2005. Dave's love of the farm came out in full force. Dave loved helping wherever he could. Combining, harrowing, hauling, seeding, if you needed it, he would do it for you. He would even help Crystal take supper out because he knew all the fields.
Dave was tickled pink when granddaughter Jordann arrived in 2006, and grandson Lyric in 2009. He enjoyed being a Grandpa and shared many special memories on the family vacations they took together.
He had an underground "sausage ring" for many years in his garage. His garage was the place where all his hunting and fishing friends could come and enjoy time together. Whether they were cleaning their latest hunt, making sausage or watching the game, Dave's cooler was always full and the door was always open.
Dave enjoyed many years hunting and fishing with friends. Every June for the last 30+ years, they would go fishing to Lac La Ronge, Reed Lake then Lake Athapapuskow. Every fall brought hunting season, they hunted mostly moose around Rockford and deer around Calder. The biggest smile on his face was posing with his best catches, and biggest bucks.
Dave took great pride and care of all of the vehicles he owned. They were his prized possessions, especially the Holiday Rambler RV. He had a great knowledge of all things mechanical and some would say he was a perfectionist; he was very particular about his things.
After the loss of his wife Linda, Crystal and Dave became very close. They had an indefinable love for each other. Dave was always there for Crystal, he was her go to person, whether she needed help with errands or the farm or just a simple lunch date they spent lots of time together.
Dave leaves behind his daughter Crystal, son-in-law Cortney Solonenko, his grandchildren Jordann & Lyric of Stornoway, parents Steve & Edna Chalus (Shwedyk) of Yorkton. Linda's family and countless friends and acquaintances that were like family. Dave was predeceased by his wife Linda, his mother-in-law Lois Dunphy (Grieve) and brother Danny.
The Funeral Service was held on Monday, October 21, 2019 at Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre with Crystal Bailey, Certified Celebrant officiating. The Musical Selections, 'Jealous of The Angels' and 'I Can Only Imagine' were included in the service. Crystal Solonenko shared reflections of her father's life. The inurnment followed in the Garden of Memories Columbarium at Yorkton Memorial Gardens with Martin Schrot serving as urnbearer.
Donations in Dave's memory can be made to The Children's Wish Foundation as gifts of remembrance.
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  • Service

    Monday, October 21st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, October 21st, 2019 11:00am
    Yorkton Memorial Gardens Family Centre
    Highway #10 East
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    Crystal Bailey, Certified Celebrant
  • Interment

    Garden of Memories, Yorkton Memorial Gardens Cemetery
    Highway #10 East
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Dennis R. Buckle

Posted at 05:08pm
My sincere sympathy to David’s wife and family. I went to the Composite High School in Yorkton with David and Danny. Rest In Peace David...

Dennis R. Buckle & family

Michelle Hubic

Posted at 04:01pm
Deepest sympathy Cort, Crystal and family. We are thinking of you during this difficult time
Love Kelly, Michelle , Bailey & Colton

Lexi Thome

Posted at 03:06pm
I am so sorry to hear you lost your dad. Sending all my love. Lexi Thome

Gail Kizlyk

Posted at 02:37pm
This Thanksgiving weekend came with the unexpected death of my best friend Crystals dad, Dave. The Chalus’ have been a second family to me for as long as I can remember. 14 years ago we said goodbye to Linda and this week we will say goodbye to Dave. I have so many memories from camping trips, to being scarred for life seeing dead animal carcasses hanging in the garage, to even getting into your bar downstairs as a 5 year old mixing all the bottles I could see together to make a “drink” and when caught by Linda, saying “well can we at least have a beer?” 🤷🏼‍♀️😂 Thank You for all the memories, I will hold them close and tell them with a smile 🙂
This thanksgiving, I am grateful for all the the people in my life and don’t be afraid to tell them that. Do all the things you want to do with them! Life is short and you don’t know when your time with them will come to an end ❤️❤️❤️ Rest In Peace Dave and give Linda a big hug and kiss for us ❤️

Charlene Gibler

Posted at 12:56pm
Crystal, Cortney and Family; Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father, and grandfather. I pray you find peace and comfort in this difficult time. Fr: Charlene, Trevor and family.

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