Born May 23, 1939 in Dortmund, Germany and entered his rest in Kelowna, BC, surrounded by his family, on September 30, 2010. He leaves to mourn his beloved Gretel of 46 years; four children: Richard (Michelle), Angela (Brad) Klassen, David (Andrea), Daniel; nine grandchildren: Talina, Christina, Conrad, Joel, Joshua, Alexander, Andrew, Nicholas, Anna-Marie; sisters: Johanna (Josef) Zeffer, Brunhilde (Gerhard) Poschwatta; brother Wilfred (Regina); numerous nieces and nephews, a wonderful extended family and many, many wonderful friends. Predeceased by his parents Richard and Anna; at a young age by his brothers Erwin and Guenther; and by his brother-in-law Helmut Fritz.

An energetic and adventuresome young man, Werner emigrated to Canada in 1959. He met and married Gretel Helwing in 1964, “the magnet of his heart”. The Okanagan became home in 1969. Being a builder by nature, he constructed, renovated and landscaped many homes and businesses throughout the Okanagan. The Springfield Funeral Home being his enduring legacy. His loving, strong and generous heart blessed many in his family and community; both at home and abroad, extending to as far away as Russia and Cuba. Werner’s desire to serve his God and care for people are evidenced by his engaging hands on and can do attitude, his long hours and constant need to do better and be better. He loved his wife, his family, his work and his God. Thank you Werner, it was all worth it!

Friends and family are invited to an evening Visitation/Wake at the Springfield Funeral Home Family Centre, 2020 Springfield Road, on Thursday, October 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Please join us in honoring Werner’s life and memory at his Funeral Service on Friday, October 8th at 2:30 pm at Grace Baptist Church, 1150 Glenmore Drive, Kelowna, BC. Interment to follow at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. Oh, and don’t forget to polish your shoes, wash the car, wear something yellow (or colorful) and arrive early!

If so inclined, yellow flowers were his favorite and/or donations in his memory may be made to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan, c/o 593 Spruceview Place South, Kelowna, BC, V1V 1S8. Arrangements lovingly prepared by his sons, who now carry forward Werner’s legacy at Springfield Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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