It is with a sense of peace, yet sadness, that we announce the passing of Gustav Reich on November 1st, 2015 in Vernon, B.C., just two days before his 87th birthday. His love of family and music endured to the end.
Gus was born on November 3rd, 1928 in Herbert, Saskatchewan. He married Pauline Eberwein at Peace Lutheran Church in Vernon, B.C. on November 11th, 1953 where he was an active member of both the choir and council. In their early married years, Gus and Polly moved to Lavington, B.C. and later they operated the Kalwood Inn and the Oyama Garage with their sons. Gus was active in many community organizations during this time. Retirement took them to Yuma, Arizona for 23 winters. Gus helped with Doug’s business for 15 summers with Mom making lunches and he loved every minute of it. His final years were spent at The Good Samaritan Heron Grove and the family are very grateful for their wonderful friends and the staff who helped care for Gus there.
Gus will be lovingly remembered by his wife; Polly to whom he was married for almost 62 years, his children; Gordon (Patti) Reich, Douglas Reich and Lois (Bill) Roper, nine grandchildren; Rob (Holly) Wisch, Andrea (Jack) Andres, Scott (Debbie Evans) Brett, Jenna (Chris) Boyd, Leanne (Ryan) Unger, Tamara (Trevor) Clayton, Nyssa (Shane Berg) Goodrich, Jonathan Reich and Daniel Reich, fourteen great-grandchildren; Brandon, Jessica, Kyle, Katie, Merrick, Kassondra, Bennett, Aaron, Rayyen, Isaac, Kai, Jacob, Elijah and Neeva along with numerous extended family members and friends. Gus was preceded in death by his parents; Rudolph and Christine (nee Schendel) Reich and by his siblings; Bill Mittelstaedt, Hilda Schipfel, Rudolf Reich, Lydia Reimer and Frieda Eichorst.
A Graveside Service at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery will precede the Memorial Service which will be held at Peace Lutheran Church on Friday, November 6th, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. with Pastor David Hunter officiating.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Gus to the Peace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1204-30th Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 1Z5 or the charity of their choice.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
— John 14:27
Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • (250) 542-1187