Len Rinvold

Len Rinvold

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

from Norway.

On June 27, 1953 Len married Joy Vera

“Elsie” Hamilton in Port Alberni, B.C. They

celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary

this summer.

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

sister Helen.

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.

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