It is with profound sadness that the family would like to announce the passing of Wayne Melford Holtskog on June 14, 2017 at the age of 73. Left to mourn are his wife of 51 years, Betty, his children, Nadine (Rick), Barb (Brent), and Daryl (Kim), along with his five granddaughters, Bailey, Briona, Shelby, Jordan, and Brooke, and his siblings, Myrna (Allan) Poirier, Gerald (Geraldine) Holtskog, Lynne (Brian) Young, and twin sister Sharon (Wayne) Thom.
Being born as a twin in Regina, Saskatchewan fostered his love of a bright blue sky. Wayne’s love of soil began at an early age and his mother would tell stories of dragging him off of the family farm tractor to come in for dinner at the ripe old age of 8. By the age of 14, he was already working full time. Wayne then decided to follow his famously oversized Norwegian Uncle Harold Holtskog to Vernon, BC in the mid 1960’s. Landing a full time job at the Department of Highways was the beginning of laying down roots in Vernon. Those roots were accompanied by his marriage to Betty, and together they had three children and started the well known company name of Vernon Excavating Ltd. His departure from the Hwy’s Dept created a new adventure of changing Vernon’s landscape. After 52 years of residing in Vernon, he left his mark all through the valley in the form of turned up rocks in his variety of projects with different types of equipment.
Wayne was well known for his ability to make anything mechanical last longer than any manufacturer had intended. With age came regularly scheduled coffee breaks, where most knew him by name. During these coffee breaks were interesting conversations and regular looks that his children recognized as the beginning of their father stirring the pot to get a rise out of someone, all in the name of a good discussion!
The lives of his family were forever changed with the event that Wayne would paraphrase as “what the heck.” The family would like to express gratitude towards the Kamloops Hospital, Dr. Johnson, Dr. J. Conley, Dr. Michaud, and Dr. Wijeyeshinghe for their professionalism and dedication to Wayne’s health and well being. Those wishing to do so could make donations to the Kidney Foundation in his honor.
The family will be holding an afternoon social to share the numerous stories regarding Wayne and his adventures on Thursday June 22nd, 2017 at 7815 Clearview Road in Vernon, BC at 2 pm.