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Charles Ollie Zuehlke

April 2, 1920 - May 6, 2011


Charles Walter (Ollie) Zuehlke, of Oliver, passed away peacefully, at McKinney Place Extended Care Unit, on Friday, May 6th, 2011, at the age of 91 years. He was born on April 2nd, 1920, at Stettler, Alberta.
Charlie was predeceased by his parents, Jacob (Jake) and Josephine (Jo) Zuehlke, his brothers, Frederick (Fred) and Jacob (Chap), his sisters, Alice Walker, Nellie (Nella) Murdoch and Margaret (Midge) Rider, and his chosen siblings, cousins Evelyn (Ev) and Ronald (Tom) Thomas. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Marjorie, and his children, Sharron and Grant, of Oliver, and Mark (partner Frances Backhouse), of Victoria, his grandchildren, Gordon Zuehlke (partner Kassy Brietzke), Reanna Zuehlke (partner Dustin Platz) and Shelann Zuehlke (partner Marc Cropley), and great-granddaughter, Chelsy Platz, all of Kamloops, his brother and sister-in-law, William (Bill) and Beverley (Bev) Zuehlke, of Wetaskiwin, Alberta, his sister, Evelyn (Evie) Porterfield, of Dorion, Ontario, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Charlie grew up on his parents” farm near Donalda, Alberta, and learned the business of farming at an early age. On November 14th, 1939, he married his childhood sweetheart, Marjorie Rider, and throughout the War Years they farmed. In 1946, Charlie, Marjorie and their three-year old daughter, Charlie”s parents and several other relatives moved to Falkland, British Columbia. Throughout the next decade, Charlie and Marjorie operated a farm and he also worked in a local sawmill, where he gained experience operating a steam boiler. It was during that period of time that the couple”s two sons were born. In 1956, Charlie and Marjorie sold their farm and moved into the hamlet of Falkland, so that their children could be closer to school. In 1960, Charlie earned his Power Engineering Certificate, and that enabled him to gain employment as a relief engineer at the Delview Hospital, in Vernon, and subsequently as an assistant seasonal engineer at a cannery in Summerland. In the autumn of 1965, Charlie moved his family from Falkland to Summerland. Early the following year, he was hired as the permanent steam engineer/maintenance man for the new courthouse in Oliver, and the family relocated to that community. Charlie worked at the Oliver Courthouse for thirteen years, during which time he and his family resided in the building that is now the Oliver Museum. In 1978, he was transferred to the Penticton Courthouse, where he held the position of cleaning supervisor until his retirement in 1985.
Charlie was fond of animals, especially horses and dogs. He enjoyed repairing motor vehicles, puttering in his workshop, reading, camping and travelling in his motorhome, church functions, golfing, fishing, and the occasional hunting trip with his son, Grant. He especially enjoyed returning to Alberta to visit relatives and longtime friends, and his many annual trips to Utah and other parts of the Southwestern United States.
Charlie was a parishioner of St. Edward the Confessor Anglican Church and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Above all, Charlie was a kind man and a loving husband and father, who devoted his life to nurturing and assisting his family. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to a relative, neighbour or friend. He will be remember by many in Oliver, driving his old red LandRover around and about town.
Cremation has taken place; and a memorial service will be held at St. Edward”s Anglican Church, on May 20th, 2011, at ll:00 a.m., followed by interment in the Oliver Cemetery and a reception at St. Edward”s Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully accepted for McKinney Place or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Condolences may be sent to the Zuehlke family personally or by visiting
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC.


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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 20, 2011
Beginning at 11:00am

St. Edward the Confessor Anglican Church
34660 - 103rd Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

A memorial service officiated by Reverend Patrick Reid will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday May 20, 2011 at St. Edward the Confessor Anglican Church. An urn interment and committal at the Oliver Municipal Cemetery will follow. A reception hosted by the ACW in the church reception hall will follow the interment.

34660 - 103rd Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

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Memorial Gifts may be sent directly to:
McKinney Place Extended Care
R.R.#3, 7139 – 362nd Avenue,
Oliver< BC V0H 1T0 
The Heart and Stroke Foundation
4 – 1551 Sutherland Avenue
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 9M9


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