Kenneth Howard Katzalay

July 1st, 1927

Calgary Alberta –

September 24, 2012

Vernon British Columbia

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Howard Katzalay.

Ken was husband of 58 years to Olga, and father to Michael (Stephanie), Mark, and daughter Karen, (Wren), and proud Grandpa to: Samantha, Reed, Holden, and Cormac. He will also be missed by his extended family and friends.

Ken was only 18 when he joined the RCMP and headed to Regina for training. After graduating, he spent time working in Saskatchewan, Winnipeg and Toronto, before heading west, where he met and married Olga while posted in Prince George.

With every promotion came a new address. The family spent time in Richmond, Vanderhoof, Haney, Fort St John, and Campbell River where he headed up several of the detachments.

After 26 years of service they retired to Vernon, when shortly after arrival Ken realized he didn’t much care for retirement. This was to the delight of Olga who had no clean dishes left after Ken decided to take up cooking as a retirement past time! The next 17 years he worked as a fraud investigator for ICBC and Welfare. It was a job he both enjoyed and seemed to have a special talent for.

In his younger years, Ken was an avid outdoorsman. If there was a river, lake or ocean nearby he could be found, rod and reel in hand. In later years, he was able to enjoy his love of painting more fully, and became a member of the Okanagan Artist League, and later president. He never missed finishing any crossword he could get his hands on.

Ken was quick to laugh, quick to anger and had a huge personality, keen intellect and sharp wit. He was a wonderful story teller and had amazing stories to tell. He could often be found with full command of an audience, listening intently while he talked (sometimes whether they wanted to or not!).

You could never watch a detective movie with him because he would ruin it by telling you, “who dun it” within the first 5 minutes of the show; made only more irritating by the fact that he was always right!

There will be no funeral at his request, instead we will take Ken fishing somewhere off Cape Mudge, in the waters that he so loved to fish years ago with his children and his good friend, Roy. A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Vernon and District Hospice would be appreciated – 3506 27th Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4.

Arrangements have been entrusted to:


(250) 542-4333

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