Douglas Edward Vanlerberg

Vanlerberg, Douglas (Doug) Edward passed away on Tuesday June 5, 2012 at the age of 86. Doug was born April 9, 1926 on the family farm in Fernie, B. C. where he resided until 1970 when he relocated his family to a farm in Armstrong, B. C. At an early age Doug was taught by his father to drive a four horse hitch and after leaving school he hauled coal to residences and businesses in Fernie, B.C. Doug was an avid horseman and at one time was President of the Fernie Rodeo Association participating in the calf roping event. Doug bought his first 2 ton Dodge in 1946 and kept busy hauling hay, Christmas trees, coal and equipment. In the early 1950’s Doug went to work for Fred Sowchuk Trucking and hauled many loads of lumber, logs, power poles and coal. Doug’s last employer while still residing in Fernie was Fernie Contractors where he drove gravel truck and crew bus. Upon moving to Armstrong he was employed at Baird Bros. Ltd. and was also a part time school bus driver. When Doug retired from truck driving he took up farming full time running a feed lot and share cropping in the area. Doug also ran Okanagan Ranch Supplies, selling livestock handling equipment.

Doug is survived by his wife Lorna, his children Wilma(Ron Gompf) Vanlerberg, Robert (Suzanne)Vanlerberg, John (Jackie) Vanlerberg, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is further survived by step children Sharlene(Larry) Wallis, Sean Orom and eight step grandchildren. Doug was predeceased by his parents Martin and Evelyn Vanlerberg, brothers Frank and Ken Vanlerberg, grandson Thomas Paul Kucera, stepson Lyle Orom and step grandson Kyle Orom.

“This time I’m rollin’ solo, just me and my trusty truck,

We’ve got to get a goin’, so goodbye…and lot’s of luck!

I’m rollin’ up to heaven, up there on the Thunder Road,

They say they’re waiting for me and this very special load.

They said to check in with the angel and the guard shack of heaven’s gate,

I guess they need another trucker to haul some of the holy freight!

So the next time you see the lightning and you hear the thunder roar,

don’t you worry about the storm clouds…

It’ll be the diesel hummin’ as we welcome home one more!

At Doug’s request there will be no formal service, a memorial gathering will be held Saturday June 23, 2012 at 2 p.m at #20 Watershed Road, Ashton Creek, B. C.

The family would like to thank the staff at Parkview Place and Dr. Annan for the wonderful care given to Doug this past year and a half.

Contributions in Doug’s memory may be made to Parkview Place,Box 129 Enderby B. C. V0E 1V0 or the Alzheimer Society of B. C.,Suite 300, 828 West 8th Ave, Vancouver, B. C. V5Z 1E2

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