We Remember


December 1, 1931 — May 7, 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved father/grandfather/brother Leonard Thommey Wikenheiser who went to be with the Lord on May 7, 2021. He is survived  by his children Alan Wikenheiser (Tracey), Kiera Weiler (James), and Lynn Vicaretti (Tony); five grandchildren Ainzley, Jessica, Barry, Sophia and Stella; and siblings Raymond Wikenheiser and Mary Pettigrew.

Born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan on December 1, 1931, Leonard was the second child of four boys and one girl. At the age of 13, his  family moved to Winfield, BC where they farmed and four years later to Glenmore, BC where they farmed an Orchard. At the age of 21, he worked for the CPR as a Brakeman. It was a fond time for him, and he made many lasting friendships and memories in Revelstoke, BC. Other jobs he had over the years were Sunrype, Calona Wines, and Okanagan Dairy Transport collecting milk from the many Okanagan dairy farmers. In 1962, he pursued his love of farming and purchased 27 acres in East Kelowna planting wine grapes. In this time, he raised three beautiful children and established Caralyn Vineyards. In the late 80s, he transplanted the Vineyard to table grapes becoming the largest producer of table grapes in the Okanagan.  He worked the land every day that God sent and could be heard whistling amongst the vines. He was very respected in the industry as a dedicated and exceptional grower.

An avid sportsman, Leonard loved playing baseball and badminton. He played for the Rutland Rovers and participated in the slow pitch world series in Arizona. He had a membership at Steve Nash Gym right up until his death and was the oldest member. He loved nature and grew the most amazing garden and Russian garlic. He loved to make wine and always came with a bottle in hand for every invitation to dinner.

We are grateful for the many years we had with Leonard and are blessed to call him our father/grandfather/brother. We take great comfort in knowing he is tending heavens vines and hitting balls out of the park.

Leonard, until we see you again, know that you are loved and will always be in our thoughts and memories.

A Celebration of Life will be held next spring.

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