It is with great sadness that we announce the
passing of Leonard Louis “Len” Rinvold, 80,
on Thursday, September 26, 2013 in Vernon,
Len was born in Coronach, Saskatchewan on
September 24, 1933 to the late Lars and Anne
Rinvold both who immigrated to Canada
On June 27, 1953 Len married Joy Vera
“Elsie” Hamilton in Port Alberni, B.C. They
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary
Len achieved success and respect in his
lifelong employment in the forest industry
and after retirement from Riverside Forest
Products, Lavington, B.C. he established
his own company to continue to utilize his
knowledge and skill in the industry.
Len’s other passions were working on his
vintage Land Rover, rebuilding motorcycles,
repairing clocks and watches, mountain lake
and ocean fishing and being from a musically
gifted family, he continued to enjoy singing
and playing his guitar to the end of his life.
In Len’s own words, “Not bad for an old
Len is survived by his beloved wife “Elsie” and
their four children: Cheryl (Richard) Tessier;
Debbie Rinvold; and Len (Melissa) Rinvold
all of Vernon, B.C. and Kim (Tom) Fellhauer
of Kelowna, B.C. He is also survived by
his 11 grand-children as well as 11 greatgrandchildren
and one expected in March
2014. Len was predeceased by his older
brothers Gerhard (Gerry), and Lester and his
Len was a very kind-hearted and loving
husband, father and “Papa”, he will always be
much loved and greatly missed.
A Memorial service will be held at 2:00
on October 19, 2013 at the Pleasant Valley
Funeral Home in Vernon, B.C.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that
donations be made to the Alzheimer Society
of British Columbia.