Verne Floyd Koebel

Verne Floyd Koebel

It is with great sadness that the family of Verne Floyd Koebel, age 75, announces his passing unexpectedly on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at the Shuswap Lake Hospital in Salmon Arm following a brief illness.

He leaves his wife of 31 years, Norma (Kallio) Koebel; sons Laurie (Sue McLean), Rod, and Randy (Phyllis) Streilein; daughters Deanna (Randy) Palatin and Laurie Fraser (Andrew Kovich); brothers Brian (Mil) and Raymond (Tina); sister-in-law Patricia Corbett; sister-in-law Elsie Rodwell; brother-in-law Lloyd (Kris) Kallio and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his parents Eugene and Orvetta, and his brother Jim.

Born in Dodsland, Saskatchewan, on February 12, 1936, he was raised and spent almost forty years in Kindersley, Saskatchewan where he worked his way up to Deputy Governor of the local Kinsmen, and owned and operated the Kindersley Body Shop. After moving to British Columbia in 1976 with his family he continued in the automotive trade. Verne enjoyed trying his hand in several occupations throughout the province until finally settling and then retiring in Salmon Arm. Verne was always proud to say that he survived a bout with cancer after surgery in early 1989.

Verne followed in his father’s footsteps with his love of music and entertaining throughout his life, including playing in his own band in Kindersley. His passions included working on his house and yard, and watching the wildlife pass through his backyard.

There will be a celebration of life for Verne to be announced at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to your favourite charity in memory of Verne.

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Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.

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