Larry James Erfle
Larry passed away peacefully at home on March 4, 2013 in Armstrong, B.C. where he had resided for the past 25 years.
Larry was born Aug. 17, 1941 in Kincaid, Sask. where he lived until 1947. The family then moved to Kelowna, B.C. and from there moved to the North Okanagan (primarily Enderby/Armstrong area). He then moved to the Vernon area.
He is survived by his loving wife and soulmate Donna, his son Lance (Nicole), daughter Tania (Akbal), 3 granddaughters, 1 grandson; 3 sisters Brenda (Bob), Bernice, all of Alberta, and Inez of Vancouver, B.C.; his father-in-law George Kowalchuk of Vernon, 2 brother-in-laws Michael of Kelowna, and Kevin (Sue) of Vernon, 2 sisters-in-law Carmen, and Nikki (Craig) all of Vernon. Larry also had 5 nephews, 3 nieces, 12 great-nephews and nieces, and a brand new great-great-nephew. He was predeceased by his parents Henry (1996) and Leona (2009) Erfle and his mother-in-law Vivian Kowalchuk (2002).
Larry’s love for music and musical instruments began in church. He started writing songs as a teenager and sang with his sister Inez on the radio.
Over the past 30 years Larry had many Country Bands. His last band was one named Nite-Flyer.
He was ever the “Handy Man” in all aspects fixing anything that was basically broken. He spent a lot of time at the lakes fishing, boating, skiing, etc. with family and friends. He also loved camping.
Larry was employed in Vernon with Specialty Cleaners, Super-Value, Safeway, MacKenzies Men’s Wear, Robo Car wash, Siglet Bros. and The Vernon Music Store. He then worked for the Dept. of Highways which changed to the Private Sector where he retired due to illness. Being determined and motivated, after only 6 mos. on dialysis he returned to work on nightshift. He would come home after work, and being a home patient, went on the machine, but after 6 mos. had to finally retire.
Larry touched everyones heart. He will be missed by his family, friends, co-workers, and employers. Rest in Peace my love.
A “Celebration of Life Memorial” is set for March 28th at 3pm at the Schubert Centre (3505 30th Ave., Vernon, B.C.). Those wishing to do so may make donations to the B.C. Kidney Foundation. Larry wished to thank the Kidney Dialysis Staff for their support and friendship over the past years.