Born In: Warroad, Minnesota, United States
Born: October 25th, 1924
Passed in: Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Passed on: July 16th, 2012
Earl passed away peacefully Monday, July 16, 2012 at Ridgeview Lodge at the age of 87.
Earl is survived by his daughters; Sandra (Pat) Bowden, Debby Gonvick, and his step son Barry Kostering as well as his sisters; Ruby, Bernice, Eileen, Vera, and his brother Spencer including Ten grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his wife Ivy, his parents Ernest and Cora as well as his grandson Darryl Kostering and his son-in-law Marvin Gonvick.
Earl was born in Warroad, Minnesota where he eventually ended up in Fernie, B.C. with his parents and siblings. He enlisted in the army during WWII with his father Ernest in 1942 when he was under age and was eventually sent overseas to fight for his country with the Winnipeg Rifles. Earl was seriously wounded while in France in a brush with the Hitler Youth Organization. He spent a year in a military hospital overseas and returned home to Canada to reunite with his family in Clinton, B.C. in 1945. Earl first met his wife Ivy (Kostering) shortly after his return from war at a dance in Clinton. Earl was well known for his dancing abilities. They soon married and lived together raising their family in Kamloops, B.C. Later Earl and Ivy purchased a ranch with his daughters and sons-in-law and moved from Kamloops to work the Lazy RB ranch in Chase Creek, B.C. Earl eventually sold the ranch and retired in the village of Chase, Pritchard and finally in Kamloops. Earl was an active and valued member of the Chase Lions, Legion, and Curling Club during his retirement in Chase.
Earl was loved, respected and he profoundly touched all who knew him and will be greatly missed by family and friends. The family expresses a special thanks to the caregivers and staff of Ridgeview Lodge for their care and kindness.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Kamloops Funeral Home. Interment of cremated remains will take place on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the Chase Village Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his loving wife Ivy.
Arrangements entrusted to
Kamloops Funeral Home
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