Richard William (Dick)

Dick passed away in the early morning hours of 12 January 2008 at Noric House in Vernon, B.C. at the age of 83.

Dick was born in Gawin, Poland, on April 25, 1924 to Gustav and Karoline Schultz. In 1927, the family emigrated to Canada settling in Vibank, Saskatchewan. In 1931 the family moved to Vernon. Dick’s early education was in Vernon and in later years at Concordia Lutheran College in Edmonton. He served in the Canadian Army briefly until the war ended in 1945. Dick played many sports in his younger years and being musically gifted, played the piano, trumpet and euphonium, the latter with the City Band and BCD band in Vernon.

Dick worked many years in accounting with Okanagan Telephone in Vernon, then with Hunt Telephone in Blair, Nebraska and lastly with Copper Valley Telephone in Valdez, Alaska until his retirement in 1986 when he returned to Vernon. Dick is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Dorothy, of Vernon, by a son, Daryl of Ladner, B.C., and by a daughter, Elaine Magus of Mission, B.C.; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by one sister, Irma Sigalet of Kelowna, B.C., and two brothers, Hugh of Abbotsford, B.C. and Norm (Phyllis) of Vernon. He was predeceased by his parents and by a sister, Erika Bonnet and by a brother, Eric.

Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5151 Alain Road, Vernon, on Friday, January 18th at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Roy White officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

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