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Wayne Kreut

February 20, 1950 - August 10, 2023

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Wayne died peacefully on August 10 after a sudden downturn in his years-long dementia. He was surrounded by friends and his wife, Jan, who held his hand to the end.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Jan Kreut, sons; Dave, Adam (grandsons Harrison and George), Andrew (granddaughter Hailey), and Bob and his wife Jamie; stepson Chris Phillips and his wife Heather (grandchildren Kaija, Maddux, James, Thomas, Henry & Jack), our extended family of children Dave (grandchildren Ty and CJ), Priscilla (granddaughter Emily), and Matthew (grandchildren Jade, Brooke and Cael), sister-in-law Charlene (niece Cherie), brother-in-law Ken; nieces (Doug) Lisa, and Kimberly, Jennifer and Rebecca, and many other family members. Wayne was predeceased by his brother Doug, nephew Trevor, and sister-in-law Katie. 

Wayne worked in a mill for a few years after high school, before travelling on a road trip to Quebec as a roadie for a band. When he returned, a friend asked if Wayne would fill in at a printing shop while someone was on vacation. Twenty-eight years later, he retired as a lithographer from Lawson Mardon in Richmond, BC.

He married Shirley Prentice in 1976 and had four sons with her. In July of 1987, Wayne met Jan in a driveway as she was moving out and he was moving in. Jan was a foster parent and Wayne was happy to be a foster parent as well when he married Jan almost 35 years ago.

In 1999, they moved to Oliver and continued for many years to foster children and later an adult with Downs Syndrome.

Known for his friendly and humorous nature, Wayne brought his wide array of jokes, costumes and even his own rubber chicken to the Oliver Kiwanis Club. He joined in 2000 and served as president three times over the next 10 years. He and Jan were both active at the Willowbrook Fire Department, where Wayne volunteered from 2003-2013. Their farm in Willowbrook saw many a festive occasion, with classic rock, creative themes and a lively basement tiki bar.

From 2010-2020 they wintered in South Texas, where Wayne brought his humour, music and dress-up parties to many new friends.

The family is very grateful for the support of Dr. Nygaard and Dr. Genge from the UBC Alzheimers & Dementia Clinic, the wonderful care from the Oliver Ambulance Service, the SOGH emergency department, hospital staff and Dr. Kane who treated Wayne with great dignity and respect in the last week of his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations to https://www.centreforbrainhealth.ca/ways-to-give/#funds or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 16 at Park Drive Church in Oliver, BC. Please bring your best joke or story of Wayne to share that will make us laugh.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium Ltd.

The Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Terry and Nora Martin
Relation: Friends

We’re so deeply saddened for you and Wayne, he was a great human being , will be deeply missed 💔 our condolences Jan

From: Betty Vermeer
Relation: Through the Hidalgo Watercolor Society of Texas.

Jan, May you and your family and friends find comfort in all the great memories you have. I am glad that I got to know you in Texas and the Hidalgo Watercolor Society even though it was brief. May you find peace and love in your life without Wayne.

From: Charlene Day
Relation: sister-in-law

Good memories of renewing your vows together. Will miss Wayne”s humor. Wayne is only physically gone but not the life lived with all the wonderful memories . Have faith and know that he will always be with you.
Much love, Charlene

From: Carla Leinweber
Relation: Through his wife & our painting group.

You are in my heart, Jan. I feel & truly know what you have gone through. He is at peace & wonderful memories are yours to cherish.

From: Ken Day
Relation: brother-in-law

I will miss Wayne’s chipmunk face imitation and having a beer on the front porch together. Sending you lots of love Jan, your brother Ken

From: Katie Keen
Relation: sister-in-law

Glad you made it and joined me here, Love Katie

From: Cherie Ann Day
Relation: Niece

I know uncle Wayne will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him. Alexandra Taya and I all send our heartfelt condolences to you and the family. Much love 💗

From: Linda and Ken Nunweiler
Relation: Friend

Jan and all your family we offer our deepest sympathy. Wayne was always such a joy to be around. Loved that smile and often times he was up to something when you saw the smile. He was a lovely man. We know you will miss him a lot as will we all. It was so sad seeing him decline over the last few years. Our heart aches for all of you and your loss of a very warm and loving human being. His pain is ended. Love you Jan.

From: Gary Mythen
Relation: Kiwanis member

“May your happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time.”

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
September 16, 2023
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
Park Drive Church
6570 Park Drive
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T4

A Celebration of Life will be held for Wayne at 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 16 at Park Drive Church in Oliver, B.C.

Please bring your best joke to share.

6570 Park Drive
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T4

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In lieu of flowers, donations to https://www.centreforbrainhealth.ca/ways-to-give/#funds or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.

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