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Wilf Thebes

August 20, 1924 - July 21, 2013

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It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Wilf, on July 21, 2013 at the age of 88, surrounded by his loving family.

Wilf was raised on the family orchard in Osoyoos, but after working in the orchards, he decided to change & drove a logging truck for a number of years.  He then needed adventure in his life moving up to Kitimat where he went to work at Alcan, moving

through numerous positions, even going to Australia to assist in the start up of Kurri Kurri, a new Alcan smelter.  Wilf was involved with the Boy Scout organization & church & everything that involved his two children while in Kitimat & many trips down to the Okanagan for family gatherings.

His family was his life, including skiing at the cabin in Smithers & a summer cabin on Lakelse lake.  Retiring from Alcan in March, 1985.  Wilf & Kay moved back to Osoyoos.  There he became involved with the church, lawn bowling, golfing, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, and wood working projects. Wilf loved to dance at every function that they attended and everyone knew he was around with his whistle.

His dedication as “the number one Grandpa” was watching his grandchildren, Kali, Kevin & Kristi, grow & support them in whatever they were doing.  Grandpa was the best taxi driver, sideline coach, ski instructor, he did it all, he always had the “biggest” smile of how proud he was of all them.

In Wilf’s world of meeting people…..he touched everyone in a special way & these memories of his kindness will live on in us all.

Wilf was predeceased by his father, August Thebes, Mother, Else Thebes & son, William (Bill) Thebes.

Wilf will be always & forever be remembered by his loving family including his wife of 65 years, Kay Thebes; daughter, Debbie Gehringer (Gordon) & his grandchildren, Kali, Kevin & Kristi; stepbrother, Ed Sturn (Omi) & nephew, Todd & niece, Arlene & all family that are helping at this time of loss.

A celebration of Wilf’s life will be held at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, Osoyoos on Friday August 9th at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made: In Memory of Wilf Thebes:  SOGH Acute Care, c/o South Okanagan General Hospital, 911 McKinney Road, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T3 . These donations will go towards the purchase of equipment at the South Okanagan General Hospital, where Wilf thought the staff was awesome.

Condolences & tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.

 

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

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

From: Sandra Smith
Relation: friend

Fond memories of our conversations. He was a great man. Condolences to the family,
Sandra Smith, Mt. Baldy

From: Sherry Simpson
Relation: friend

Wilf was a great friend to myself and my son Daylin. We will miss him. Heaven has gotten a great angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kay and Deb and family

From: Alan & Zelia Marleau & family
Relation: Know his daughter Debbie and family

We were deeply saddened to hear of Wilf’s passing. We have heard how wonderful Wilf was as a father, husband and grandfather. He was one of our Kitimat pioneers. We are thinking of you Debbie, family and your mother also. Will keep you all in our prayers on Friday. Our deepest condolences .

From: Elaine Farina
Relation: Kitimat

Thoughts of condolence sent from Joe, Geraldine Farina and family of Swan Street

From: Lou Reimer
Relation: Friend & Neighbor

Deepest Sympathy to you Kay, Debbie, Gordon and family. He was a great guy, his stories and smile will be missed. My thoughts are with you all.

From: Lynn MacIsaac [Burnett]
Relation: friend from Alcan

Dear Kay….
to you and your family. my condolences. wilf was a kind and wonderful man. He was a good man to work with. My prayers are with you at this time .

From: Karl Heinz Rennhack
Relation: Friend

Kay and Debbie,
May you and your familiy find comfort in the memory of your loved father and in the thoughts of those who share your sorrow with deepest symphaty

from: Karl Rennhack, Kitimat B.C.

From: George Richard Sojka
Relation: Friend of the Thebes-Gehringers

My heartfelt condolences to Kay Thebes and the Gehringers (Deb).
I will always remember Wilf to be a great person and great family man. His sense of humour together with his genuine care for people and community remains forever, embedded in my mind. From our past days in Kitimat and on to Osoyoos, I ‘Thank YOU” Wilf for inviting me into your home and allowing me to be a part of your family.
I toast a ‘Gehringer Special’ in memory of — a great man.
George Sojka
(Burnaby, BC)

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
August 9, 2013
Beginning at 11:00am

Location:
St. Christopher''s Anglican Church
7200 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

A celebration of Wilf’s life will be held at St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, Osoyoos on Friday August 9th at 11:00am.

7200 - 87th Street
Osoyoos, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made: In Memory of Wilf Thebes: SOGH Acute Care, c/o South Okanagan General Hospital, 911 McKinney Road, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T3 . These donations will go towards the purchase of equipment at the South Okanagan General Hospital, where Wilf thought the staff was awesome.

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