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KEHLER, William “Bill”

April 1, 1930 — March 11, 2021

William “Bill” Kehler beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, March 11, 2021, in Kelowna, BC at the age of 90.

Bill had been an extended care home resident for the past few years, having survived various cancers, the challenges of Parkinson’s Disease, and more recently increasingly severe dementia.

The 11th of 14 children, Bill was born in Rosenfeld, Manitoba on April 1, 1930. He was raised on a small farm by his devout parents, John and Anna Kehler, where he gained the integrity and work ethic he displayed all his life.

In 1949, he married Josephine “Josie” Schoffer, who bore them four children.

In 1952, after determining greater opportunities were available in Ontario, he moved his family to the small mining town of Atikokan where he worked as a dredge engineer at an iron ore mine. In time, a number of his and Josie’s siblings, and Josie’s mother, followed them there.

After Atikokan’s mines closed, he took another adventurous step in moving his family of six to British Columbia. He eventually joined the boilermaker’s union, initially as a welder and ending his career as a superintendent.

In 1979, after 30 years of marriage, Josie succumbed to cancer at the age of 47. For a time, Bill was a lost soul.

In 1990, he remarried and his new wife, Carmel Taillon, brought a huge extended family into his life including her four children; Carmel herself was one of 16 children. Bill was quickly accepted by all and the love they have all shared with him these many years was a blessing. And, with 28 siblings between them, Bill and Carmel had a busy life just keeping up with relatives.

Over time, Bill and Carmel built their own homes, initially a fourplex in Vernon, BC and later moving and building a house in nearby Armstrong where they made a number of close friends through their church.

In 1995 Bill retired, and he and Carmel began what became annual adventures with their RV, seeing most of North America and portions of Mexico. Eventually, they booked into Sunscape, a small Arizona RV park, which became their winter home for some 20 years.

As a testament to their popularity, numerous friends and family subsequently followed them to this sunny retreat. In recent years, Bill’s failing health could not accommodate trips South; however, they are fondly remembered for the song filled happy hours and Bill’s barbecued ribs and specialty margaritas.

For the past two and half years, Bill has been a resident of Orchard Manor in Kelowna, BC where he has received excellent full-time care. Carmel followed soon after, moving next door to his facility.

Bill will be remembered for his exceptional work ethic, charming personality, quick wit, warm hospitality, and especially his amazing dancing skills (envied by his sons).

Bill was predeceased by both is parents; his wife, Josie; most of his siblings; as well as Carmel’s daughter, Catherine.

He will be lovingly missed and remembered by his wife, Carmel; daughters Debbie (Karl Leyen), Sandi (Jim Durvin), Lisa (Scott Letendre), Catherine (Kevin Charlton); sons Terry (Donnie), Don (Judy), Peter Taillon (Beverly), Jack Taillon (Megan); 25 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; his sister Eva; and brothers Jake and Albert.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Vincent de Paul or offer up a prayer or a mass card in Bill’s memory.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, funeral services will be limited to immediate family members.  However, the family would like to invite all who want to pay their respects to join by Livestream on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 11:00am. A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter (see below).

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St. Vincent de Paul or offer up a prayer or a mass card in Bill's memory Link: www.recoverykelowna.ca




  • Dorothy and Brad Parobec says:

    We have so many wonderful, fun memories of Bill. What a privilege to have been welcomed into the Kehler family circle at Sunscape and now in B.C. Love and hugs from Brad and Dorothy

  • Elaine and Konrad Dytnerski says:

    We loved Bill as many did. He was such a kind and gentle person. He loved to visit and gather
    with friends for happy hour and we loved his company. And he loved Arizona.. We will miss his laughter, wit and dancing.. Condolences to all the Kehler family. God Bless his soul…
    Love to all elaine and Konrad

  • George and Hazel Dawe says:

    Pete, Beverly, Jillian, Carmel and Family,
    Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing! No matter what the age, it is never easy parting with loved ones! Bill was a lovely person, and we always enjoyed our visits with him on our trips to B.C.. He will certainly be missed, but may you be comforted by the Precious Memories you have gathered over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time!!

  • Helen & Skip Custer says:

    God has called a “fun loving”, “all around great guy” home to celebrate and dance around heaven! As our Arizona Sunscape neighbors, Bill & Carmel always welcomed us with a smile, a glass of wine and heartfelt stories and “giggles”! Our memories are always with love!

  • Lori Paul says:

    Uncle Bill was always cheerful and kind, devoted to his family and friends . What a wonderful life he had, love from Vi & Fred also!

  • Mike and Mary O'Neill says:

    Strength of family will help through these times. Our hearts are with you in mourning the loss of our wonderful Bill. He will always be in our hearts as will you be through this difficult time. Sadly we cannot gather and share memories but will look forward to the time when we can. All our love, Mike and Mary

  • Arne & Barb Mykle says:

    Arne & I feel so previliged to have known Bill, having met him many years ago in Casa Grande, Arizona. He was a kind, gentle soul and his calm nature and warm smile will definitely be missed. He was such a pleasure to be around. Our condolences to all the family.

  • Margaret macra says:

    bill was such a sweet soft spoken man loved his sheepish smile. Lots of great memories I’m sure 💕

  • Beatrice Hoyseth says:

    So many great memories of Bill over the years. His smile will always be remembered.
    Love to all ,Bea Hoyseth

  • Norah Aucoin says:

    Bill was a great guy. Wonderful husband to my wonderful sisterHe was kind and gentle and full of fun and will be missed

  • Gloria and John Stalzer says:

    To both Bill and Carmel’s families our deepest condolences. Everyone of all ages loved and enjoyed Bill’s company. We will miss that mischievous twinkle in his eye and his beloved sense of humour! We thank your open and friendly families for including us into the Casa Grande circle where we made forever friends. ❤️💐 love you guys

  • Doreen (Sawatzky) Gallant says:

    Thinking, with fond memories, when your family lived in the neighbourhood. Please take care of yourselves and know we are thinking of all of you at this time.

  • Les n Pia Griffith says:

    Sad to see him go. We will always remember him in our hearts along with all the wonderful happy hours we had in Arizona Condolences to the family ❤️

  • Cheryl Cecconi says:

    Uncle Bill, the sweetest kindest man we’ve had the pleasure to know and love. I’m so thankful for that week we were able to spend with him, Uncle Bert and my Dad. It was truly special. Thinking of you all at this difficult time. ❤️

  • Len & Joan Kehler& family says:

    Please accept our sincere condolence on the passing of uncle Bill he will be missed .
    We watched the service it was very well done .

  • Marvin & Gayle Gerbrandt says:

    We will miss Uncle Bill. We’ll miss his magnetic charm, his generosity and his love of family. From us and on behalf of Bill’s sister Eva, we send our deepest condolences.

  • Linda says:

    We are saddened to hear about the passing of our Uncle & brother-in-law. We have many fond memories of times when our family & yours were all together. Uncle Bill always had a smile on his face. Just know you are all in our thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. Cherish your memories. ❤️

  • Linda says:

    You are all in our thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. Cherish your memories. ❤️
    Love the Schoffer’s & Families

  • Ken Walters and family says:

    God bless you and your family it was beautiful knowing you until we meet again

  • Jacqueline and Ricky Salinas says:

    I have fond memories of Bill and Carmel. They are very dear friends of my parents and I’m sure that Bill and my Dad,Les are playing cards and having a rum and coke together!!

  • Deanne Kondrat says:

    Bill was such a special fellow. He was so thoughtful, kind, considerate to everyone he encountered. The special get to-gethers, BBQ’s, Sing-a-Alongs, the Margaritas, Golfing, and all the while, living life to the fullest. He will be missed!
    My deepest condolences to all his family and his many friends.

  • All and Hayley and kids says:

    Much love and condolences to the Kehlers and Taillons from the Aldergrove Haaheims! We were able to watch the funeral Mass and are remembering Bill and all of you in our prayers. What a wonderfully sweet and gentle soul and great guy. Bill really proves that Carm has impeccable taste! One of my best memories is that long drive out to the Skeena with Bill and my Dad. Big salmon and about 47 Tim Horton stops along the way. I feel like I really saw Bill shine on that trip. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. Pic: Arizona, Feb 2008

  • Doreen& Ron Dyck says:

    We were saddened to hear of the passing of Uncle Bill, but he has left us many great memories . Thanks for the memmories.

  • brad Innes says:

    A great guy. Looked forward to talking with Bill, always left with a smile on my face when we were done.  Happy, cheerful, charismatic. World needs a few more Bill’s, instead we lost a good one. He will be sorely missed.
    Brad, Pam and family

  • Springfield Funeral Home says:

    Our condolences on the passing of Bill. We have wonderful memories of times spent over Sunday brunches, coffee at Tim’s in Armstrong, and visits at Sunscape. We so much appreciated your visit and meal with us in Olds and will forever cherish these memories. Our love and prayers.

    Keith and Marilyn Cornish

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

  • Nora and Kevin Friestad says:

    Our deepest condolences to Carmel, and family . Bill was such a treat, always arrived with a smile and interesting conversation. I hope memories of all your wonderful years together fill your heart during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.

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