We Remember

LOHR, Bill

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Lohr after a short battle with cancer. He died the way he learned to live: with acceptance, perspective, humour, gratitude and an open heart.

Bill is survived by his wife Angie, his sister Betty (Tim) and his family: his three daughters Trish (Vineet, Chetan, Nisha), Kathryn (Eric, Kaitlyn, Karina) and Suz (Chris, Theo, Tate) his sons Paul and Michael, Mom Dobel and Rick (Lorrie) Dobel. He is predeceased by his Father Ed, his Mother Greta and his sister Joey.

Bill grew up on the family farm in Morris, Manitoba. As an adult, he took over the farm, but eventually left for Winnipeg to work as a crop adjuster. He explored his two great passions – golf and food – as well as his love for travel and adventure. He learned to scuba dive, backpacked through Asia, jumped out of an airplane, ate bugs and crashed a motorcycle in Thailand.

His first marriage was not meant to be but the five children Kathleen Murphy brought into it changed his life, and he changed theirs. These kids taught Bill how to hug. He taught them how to make good choices. They all taught each other to love. Over the years Bill was a constant and loving presence in the lives of his kids and his grand-kids. The time they had together was a gift.

Bill was always grateful for the 12 step program he practised. His sobriety was a 28 year long journey that ultimately brought him the enormous benefits of connection and community. The friends he made in his home groups in Winnipeg and Peachland were like family to him.

In 2006 Bill married Angie, the love of his life. He loved her for her incredible strength, her fierce independence, her boundless energy and her unquestioning selflessness. Bill and Angie spent their last ten years together making a new life in Kelowna, BC. They shared many adventures including a brief stay in Mexico, where they considered living until Bill’s illness brought them back to Kelowna, their beautiful and chosen home.

Bill was truly one of a kind. He will be dearly missed and never forgotten.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hope Outreach in Kelowna (www.hopeoutreach.com select ‘donate’ then ‘Go Fund Me’).

A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. Refreshments and food to follow service.

The family would like to thank the incredible nurses at Palliative Care and COHA who helped Bill

towards the end of his life.

For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00pm

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The service for LOHR, Bill is scheduled for Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Deb Hall says:

    I am so sorry for your loss! I only met Bill recently on a trip to Mexico with Betty. Met him and Angie for dinner and he was so strong and accepting in what he was going through. Life is so short, hopefully we can learn from this to always live in the present for there may never be a tomorrow! Thinking of you!

  • Carol Baril says:

    My deepest sympathies Angie and family. Bill was a great guy, I went to school with him in Morris, he was one year older but I always thought he was a great guy & a good friend. My condolences. Carol Baril

  • Larry Peterson says:

    It is with much sadness that I heard of the passing of Bill. We went way back and he was always a good and kind friend. I am so sorry for your loss Angie and Betty.

  • Alan D. Brown says:

    What a fine example of courage and acceptance you are Bill, and what a great brother you have been to Betty!
    “To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die.”

  • Les Funk says:

    God speed, Bill…Your life mirrored your passions, and it was well invested in others. I will remember your humor the most, as well as your ability to balance work and fun. You will be missed.

  • Jim Derksen says:

    Although I have not seen Bill for too long, I am very sorry to see hear of his passing. I am sure he leaves an absense in many lives. I am sorry for his loss.

  • Jim Derksen says:

    I am very sorry for the many that are experiencing the loss of his passing.

  • Tom and Caren Norris says:

    To the Lohr Family: We’re so sorry to hear of Bill,s passing. Bill was a great friend and neighbour to us in MB. We loved him dearly. Our Condolences .

  • Roland and Darlene Renaud says:

    Our condolences to the family of Bill Lohr We have many happy memories with Bill in Morris. Frisbee tournaments, curling, football games in farmers fields with the gang. Lots of good fun. And he was also a groomsman for our wedding in 1978.I have posted a picture on face book for public to see . God Bless

  • Nancy, Brent and Blake Henderson says:

    Angie, we are so happy that you found Bill and so incredible to witness a marriage that was full of love, strength, challenges overcome and giving. It’s hard to imagine that it’s over and hard to figure out why but we know that with the incredible strength that you have and the love that he has given you plus the love all around you that you will keep on living life to its full potential. Sending lots of love always.

  • Diane Ali says:

    R.I.P. Bill. Condolence to his loved ones !

  • Roland Hoffman says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Have not seen Bill for many years but quite often he will pop into my thoughts along with all the great times we had on and off the curling ice, till we meet again.

  • Betty-Lou says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I can’t even imagine the loss his family must feel. I knew Bill from school and later as a friend. What a sense of humour the man had and always enjoyed time spent with him and other friends. He will be missed but has left many wonderful memories for us all to cherish.

  • Gerry & Anne McKenna says:

    Please accept our deepest sympathy Angie. Bill is now free of pain and at rest

  • Colleen Bernier says:

    My condolences to the family of Bill. Many happy memories when he worked with me at the Fisher Branch MASC office. Lots of fun and I will always remember his humor and poetry!
    God Bless

  • Marty & Gail Johannesson says:

    Bill was a childhood friend, we grew up together, we did everything together. We stayed in touch all the time until Bill moved to Kelowna, then we kind of lost touch however we still missed Bill and often would ask my brother or Allison if they knew what Bill was up to. I missed him then and I will surely miss him now. God bless and rest in peace buddy.

  • Brenda Tustin says:

    Our condolences to Angie, Betty and family. I have many fond memories of family gatherings in Morris with all our cousins. I am so grateful for the time I spent with Bill at our family reunion in Kelowna a couple of years ago. I will remember him as a kind man who was lots of fun and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed.

  • Colette Mulholland says:

    Bill I will miss you. I thought of you as a gentle giant, because when we hugged I only reached your chest. You were always looking to do a good turn for another. That naughty grin on your face or a loving smile and your dry and playful sense of humour will always play in my mind. Thank you for your friendship and all that you gave us. My prayers and love go to Angie now. God’s speed.

  • Brian (Fix) & Sandy Klassen says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Haven’t seen him in years, but remember him as a quiet, funny, caring person.

  • Jacqueline Binyamin says:

    Dear Angie: We are very sorry for your loss. We pray that our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this very difficult time of grief.

  • Amos Denise Knutt says:

    OUR Condolence to the family,, Bill will be missed,,,,

  • Jim Parsons says:

    So very sorry for your loss. I consider Bill a good friend and he will be missed by many.

  • Diane & Bill Barker says:

    Dear Angie, we are so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Although we didn’t get to know Bill as well as we would have liked too, what we did know of him was that he was a wonderfully giving & caring man and that he loved you to the moon & back. May your memories of your life with Bill sustain you thru this difficult time. You are always in our thoughts & prayers. Love Diane & Bill Barker

  • Alda kristjanson says:

    DearAngie and to all of Bill’s family, I am so sorry for the loss of such a good man with a story and a sense of humour for all occasions. I will always remember our surprize to realize the first time we spoke in the middle of nowhere in Thialand that we both knew my brother Thor. Small world and Bill made me feel comfortable instantly. He was kind and will be missed by many, Alda and Paul

  • Denise Gustafson says:

    My dear friend Angie. My deepest sympathies. Bill was an incredible man and great friend. He will be truly missed by so many. I will cherish the memories I have of the visits to Kelowna and the golf game. Sending you light and love.

  • Colleen Minchau says:

    My Dear Friend, I am praying that God’s great comfort and peace will be with you at this time of your loss. Bill sounds like a wonderful man, and I honor his lifetime walk in recovery, freedom and love. I am so glad you enjoyed God’s restoration in your family and your lives together. He will be greatly missed. Love Colleen xo

  • Carol says:

    Angie and Bill’s family. We weep for that which has been our delight. Bill I will cherish the memories. I will miss your wit, your spirit and that great big loving heart of yours.

  • Kathy Taylor-Hallick says:

    Although I never met Bill or you Angie I have fond memories of all the work you put into organizing the cruise last year for your mother’s birthday. Ever since I received the call that Bill had to cancel the cruise due to illness I have wondered how you are doing. I admired you for your strength in carrying on with the cruise despite this major obstacle. I hope you find some comfort in knowing that my thoughts and prayers for you have been there all along and they will continue. Someday maybe we will meet. For now please accept my condolences.

  • Maureen says:

    Angie, Betty and family – may your precious memories bring you comfort and may it help to know many people are thinking of you at this time.

  • Gennie and Oliver Plett says:

    I went to school with Bill. Most days we would walk together and talk about life. Boys, girls etc. Our friendship matured through the years and became much richer. There was really nothing we couldn’t share. Thanks for your friendship Bill!!! Condolences to your family. ❤️

  • Glen and Cheryl Peterson says:

    To all of Bill’s family we give our deepest condolences. Bill was a very special man to all who knew him. We have many cherished memories of Bill that will always keep him in our hearts. He was a good friend, good neighbour and a good man. Bill impacted on everyone he knew with a certain knowledge that you always could depend on him if you were his friend. We share your sadness on his passing and your joy in memories of him.

  • Roland Demarcke says:

    Angie, I am so sorry for the passing of Bill . I missed him when he came to visit us in wpg lately. All who knew him at first step are grieving with u Angie. My love and prayers are with u today. Roland

  • Shokoufeh Ahmadi says:

    Dear Angi
    We are so sorry for your loss.
    May his soul rest in peace. and may your heart and soul find peace and comfort. You are a wonderful wife and you did a great job, you took care of him with great love and patient. You are really an angel.
    Please let us know if you need any help.

  • Shelley Burnstick says:

    Angie and family, I send my heartfelt condolences and prayers that you will find strength in knowing how Bill was admired and loved by so many.

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