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APPEL, Walter Rudolf “Wally”

July 17, 1928 — September 1, 2021

With family at his side, Wally Appel peacefully passed away at the Village at Mill Creek on September 1, 2021.  Wally was 93.

At age 11, Wally came with his family, from Saskatchewan, to settle in Rutland, BC. He became a welder and worked in a machine shop, he went on to establish SK Welding.  In July 1952, he married Hilary; they had 69 amazing years together. They cleared their land of 37 acres and built their home and planted an orchard. In their later years, they enjoyed the Yuma area in their motorhome during the winter months.

Wally gave everything for his family, he was caring, he was the best dad. Left with wonderful memories of Wally are his wife Hilary and their eight children: Rick (Pat) Appel, Allan (Nancy) Appel, Fran Jackson (Tim Ansell), Evie (Cal) Hackwell, Joan (Kevin) Parker, Stacy (Rob) Reid, Beth (Shane) Houle, and Jack (Brenda) Appel; as well as their 20 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by his sisters Violet and Doreen; brothers Alfie, Billy, and Johnny; and his other extended family members and many dear friends. Sadly, his son Donald James (Deedee) passed before him in 1983.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

A Memorial Service will be held to honour Wally, however, due to the current pandemic restrictions, it will be by invitation only. The family would like to invite all who want to pay their respects to join by Livestream on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 AT 1:00 PM PDT. A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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  • Anne and kelly says:

    We are thinking of you through this time of loss. Love 💘 you all kelly and anne appel

  • Bill and Anna Appel says:

    We send our condolences and send our love to all the family

  • angela pomeroy says:

    I’m sorry Hilary family for your loss. My mom, Mary at the Village really enjoyed playing cards with you both and I appreciated the kindness both Wally and Hilary extended to her. God bless you and keep you in His care.

  • Doreen Jackson says:

    To the family of my dear brother, Wally,
    I send you my deepest sympathy, and I am certain that your dad taught you all to be strong men and women, to carry on without him.
    When I see him I will tell him all about Fran calling me.
    May the most high God be with you all…
    Love to all. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Dianne and Gordon Fleming says:

    Dear Aunt Hilary and Family,
    We are saddened to hear of Uncle Walter’s passing..
    Gordon has his middle name, Walter, very proud of that !
    We remember happy times shared at your home with family..
    Rest In Peace, Uncle Walter…
    Love is Forever..❤️🙏🏼

  • Kim and Claude Savard says:

    Claude and I send our condolences on your loss. Uncle Wally was, to me, the most calm, kindest and gentlest of souls. I have many memories of being with your family.

  • Bonnie Ummard says:

    Dear Hilary and Family, Saddened to hear that you lost that lovely man. We are grieving with you but glad to know that you have hearts full of wonderful memories to cherish. Love Kurt and Bonnie Ummard

  • nancy matthewscyr says:

    Joan and Families
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad/Husband/Grampa.
    He was so much to you all and i know that you were so close and attentive to him as his journey changed course.
    He taught you dedication, love and Faith well; may it carry you now.
    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers by name and reassure your Mom with a hug that i am holding the whole clan up in my prayers especially Hilary.
    May God be the glue that fills and heals your fractured hearts.
    With Love Nancy MatthewsCyr

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