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April 11, 1972 - January 22, 2023
In loving memory ~
It is with extreme sadness that the family of David Kirk Hentschel, announces his unexpected and sudden passing. Dave was born at St. Paul's hospital in Vancouver, B.C. to Erna and Guido Hentschel. His family moved to Vernon when he was a year old. He attended BX Elementary School and graduated from VSS. Dave worked for NOYFSS in Vernon and then after completing his Social Work degree he worked in Burnaby for the Ministry of Children and Family Development. Later he worked in Fernie while completing his Master's degree in Social Work.
In 2006, his heart and career led him back to Vernon where he continued his work for MCFD in Vernon, Kamloops, Kelowna and finally Fort St. James. He will be remembered for his dedication to his profession. In 2010 Dave met the love of his life, Shay, and in 2014 daughter Amelia joined their family. Dave was a loyal member of the BX Swan Lake Firehall where he served faithfully for 16 years. Dave's faith was extremely important to him and he was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church. Dave loved playing squash, downhill and cross-country skiing, biking and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Shay, and daughter, Amelia, his parents Erna McCulla (Mark) and Guido Hentschel, his sister Lisa Lanaway (Jeremy) and nieces, Hadley and Esme, step- sisters Kathleen McCulla, Sally Ann Reiss (Peter), Karen McCulla (Shara) and their families, cousins Patricia Coletsis and Theron Knape, relatives in Germany, his mother-in-law Darleen (Ken) Ante, father-in-law Garry Best and brother-in-law Ryan Best.
He was predeceased by his grandparents Amalia and Gustav Ofenbeck of Vernon, Emmy and Bruno Hentschel of Berlin, Germany, aunt Jutta Caverzan of Burnaby, aunts Ute and Gudrun of Berlin.
A memorial service will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11th at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3412 15th Ave., Vernon which will also be livestreamed. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rob LeNoury Foundation through the Roster Sports Club.

Service Details

Celebration of Life
Saturday, February 11, 2023
1:00 PM
Emmanuel Baptist Church, 3412 15th Ave., Vernon

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