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Douglas Fireman Dug Knelsen

January 11, 1960 - August 15, 2009


In loving memory of Douglas “Fireman Dug” Allan Knelsen, who passed away peacefully at home with his wife Linda Knelsen (Nee Godard), daughter Karen, and son Daniel, close by his side.
Doug came into this world on January 11, 1960 and traded it for heaven on the morning of August 15, 2009 after a hard battle with pancreatic cancer.
Doug, an active member of the Oliver Volunteer Fire Department (OFD), will be dearly missed by family – sister Lorna (Henry) Janzen, sister Sharon (Hannu) Yliruusi, father John Knelsen (mother Betty, 1941 – February 1999), and many in-laws, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, fire family at OFD and the community of Oliver as a whole.
Doug left a lasting impression of kindness, generosity and humour on everyone who knew him and his love for life was evident in the way he lived it.
Born in Saskatchewan, Doug attended high school in Hope, B.C.
After graduation, he moved to the Surrey area where he met Linda and married her in 1980.
Together they started a family with a daughter in 1982 and added a son in 1984.
In 1996 the Knelsen family moved to Oliver, B.C. where Doug became an active member of the community through slo-pitch, various ministries at the Oliver Alliance Church, the Crime Watch program and eventually the fire department.
The Knelsen family would like to thank everybody who has conveyed their thoughts, prayers and support in an effort to comfort us during this difficult time of loss.
We know Doug is in a better place and are grateful his suffering has ended, though the hurt of this loss feels immeasurable.
A celebration of Doug’s life will be held at the Oliver Alliance Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2009 with a reception to follow at the Oliver Volunteer Fire Department. Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Pottinger Family
Relation: Friends of Karen Knelsen.

Karen and Family: Our thoughts are with you at such a sad time in your lives. May the joy of memories and knowlege of such a wonderful spirit somehow begin to fill the void in your hearts, in time. All our love, Beverly, Daryn, Mathew and Jeremy Pottinger.

From: Lloyd & Carrie Cooper
Relation: Daniels Employer,friend of family

Linda , Karen & Daniel. Your on our hearts, We will miss Doug, and Like Lloyd told Doug he should be very proud of his children. May you cherish the memories you have. Love always

LLoyd, Carrie & Kids

From: Walt & Pat Hadikin
Relation: Friends

Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you at this very sad time in your lives.

With love.
Walt & Pat

From: Terry and Robbie Schafer
Relation: Friends

We will miss Doug at the firehall and his great articles in the Chronicle.
May your family take some comfort in the knowledge that he was, indeed, so admired for his enthusiasm, his humour (remembering the antics at the annual Firemans raffles) and the contribution he made to our Community.

From: Alison Seronik
Relation: friend

Linda, Karen and Danny.
So sorry for your loss. Doug will be greatly missed.
I enjoyed our little visits when he use to come into the drug store.
My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.
If there is anything I can do, just give me a call.
Love Alison, Sarah and Danny 498-2208

From: Eileen Walt
Relation: Friend

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit Psalm 34:18

My prayers are with you Linda.

Eileen Walt

From: Janice and Bruce McDonald
Relation: friends from Hope

Lorna, Henry, Sharon and Hannu,
We are so sorry for your loss. We can’t imagine how you feel, but we know that God knows and cares and pray that you will find comfort in Him. Love and many prayers, Bruce and Janice

From: Donna Elhard (nee Moore)
Relation: went to high school together

So sad to hear the news of Doug’s passing. He was a fun guy but it is good to know he is having the time of his life right now! My condolences to all the family.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
August 22, 2009
Beginning at 11:00am

Oliver Alliance Church
36853 - 99th Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

A reception will be held at the Oliver Fire Hall following the service

36853 - 99th Street
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

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