September 24, 1933 – September 26, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Leonard Louis “Len” Rinvold, 80, on Thursday, September 26, 2013 in Vernon, B.C.
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 cowboy”!
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 great-grandchildren 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.