We Remember


July 29, 1935 — November 3, 2021

A Celebration of Life SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM (PST), at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, with Pastor Craig Tufts will be officiating. Unvaccinated friends and family are welcome to attend, however to adhere to Covid-19 restrictions, the number of attendees will be limited and required to wear a mask. If you wish to attend, Please Click Here to Register

If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream (see below), same time as above, a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

Les went peacefully to be with the Lord, while surrounded by his loving family, on November 3, 2021, at the age of 86.

Les Younghusband was born in Melfort, Saskatchewan on July 29, 1935, at his parent’s farm. Les is the third oldest of his five siblings: Gordon, Glen, Lauriel, Bruce, and Neil. The family relocated and arrived by train in Summerland, BC in the early 1940s. After graduating from high school, Les attended Forestry School and made it his lifelong career. He lived in many towns throughout British Columbia and settled in Golden, BC, where he raised his family of three children with his first wife Joan  Younghusband (Symonds). After the unexpected passing of Joan in January 1996, Les met Ruth Camenzind and remarried in 1999. Les and Ruth lived in Golden for several years after their marriage and returned to the Okanagan to live in Lumby, BC, until 2019 when they moved to Vernon, BC. Les spent his final months living in Lake Country, BC.

Les was a highly involved church member throughout his life; he loved the Lord and his strong faith gave him reassurance and a purpose in life to serve and love others. He selflessly dedicated his time as a volunteer for many years at the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners in Lumby, BC, where he provided food aid and gathered medical supplies that were shipped around the world to countries in need. The other volunteers at the Gleaners looked up to Les for his leadership and strong devotion to this wonderful cause. Throughout his career as a Forester, he was conscientious in his work and always went the extra mile to show love and kindness to his colleagues and the forest.

He was an exemplary husband and father, building the family house in Golden to provide a warm and loving home for his family. He was a thoughtful and caring man, a good listener, and concerned for all the people he met. A quiet man who loved hiking in the wilderness, finding remote lakes for fishing, camping and Rving, travel, nature, and making birdhouses. He was a charitable giver of his time and money, who never asked for anything in return. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him.

Les Younghusband: loving husband, father, and Lil’Pops.

Les is survived by his wife of 22 years and 8 months, Elva Ruth Camenzind; his children John Edward (Auriel), Kimberley Anne (Alan), and Christine Nicole (Andrew); grandchildren Brayden, Hayley, Abby, Lucas, Nolan, Stella, and Miles; and his siblings Glen and Lauriel. He was predeceased by his parents Norman Douglas Younghusband and Olive Ada James; his first wife and mother to his children, Joan Bethea Younghusband; and his siblings Gordon, Bruce, and Neil.
Our family wishes to thank our step-sister, Sandra Kenefick who was especially helpful to Dad in his time of need.  We would also like to express our gratitude to the caring staff at Lake Country Lodge in Winfield, BC, who cared for Les during the last 7 months of his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Vision Canada or North Okanagan Valley Gleaners.


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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM (PST)

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for UPDATED SERVICE INFO – YOUNGHUSBAND, John Leslie (“Les”) is scheduled for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 at 1:00 PM (PST). 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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  • Gerry Stewart. Anne Kelly says:

    May you Rest In Peace Les

  • Dianne Libby says:

    Heaven has received an amazing man. Our family and our Church in Golden have countless fond memories of Les, the gentle soul giant whom we all dearly loved. Our heartfelt condolences to John, Kimberley and Christine and families.

  • Barbara-Anne Mueller says:

    I was saddened deeply to hear of Uncle Les passing away. The last time I saw him was over 20 years ago, and that makes me even sadder. My condolences to all of the family members.

  • Ken Younghusband says:

    So sorry to hear that uncle Leslie has passed on. I haven’t had the opportunity to see him for many years now but I always admired his calm demeanour, My Dad often told me Leslie could out walk most anyone and that he loved to go hiking and just loved being outdoors.
    Our deepest condolences,
    Ken & Gail Younghusband

  • Anne Price & Debbie Breitkreutz says:

    Our prayers for God’s comfort, peace & hope go out to you Ruth & to your family. “He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you shall take refuge.” (Psalm 91:4) What a comfort to know that God has welcomed Les to his forever home in heaven & he is resting in the loving arms of Jesus…..until we meet again.

  • Mrs. Judith Farago says:

    Rest in Peace my dear friend & neighbor. I was so fortunate to move next door to Les & Ruth in Lumby & through them I was introduced to the NOVGleners, where we all volunteered. Hugs to Ruth & all the family at this time. Judy F.

  • Wayne and Angie Kenefick says:

    Our sincerest condolences to Kimberley, Christine, John and families. We really enjoyed getting to know Les over the last 20 years and we will fondly remember him as a kind, generous, and spiritual soul. Rest in peace Les.

  • Michael Younghusband, Gwen Wong, Jenna and Meigan says:

    To Ruth and family, John, Kimberly, Christine and families, we share your grief of loss of your wonderful husband and father. He represented to me the good of people every time I met him, infrequent as it were. I know so many people gained every time they shared his company. I wish you comfort and know his legacy of kindness and patience will live on through you all. Love Michael, Gwen, Jenna and Meigan

  • Heather Elliott says:

    What a beautiful service for a wonderful person. Although it has been years since I have seen him in Golden I have many memories of this special family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

  • Denis & Eileen Nogue says:

    My husband and I are missionaries in Guatemala and we only just learned of Les’ passing. We send our sincere condolences. We were the initiators of the North Okanagan Valley Gleaners and Les and I (Eileen) served on the board of Directors together for the first 6 years or so of the gleaners existence. I will always remember his kind, calm and gentle way with all the hurdles we faced in those early years. When we went on the mission field he always said he would love to come and experience the work of the Gleaners on the other side. We told him that our doors were always open to him coming, but unfortunately it just never worked out. He always had a special place in our hearts. Rejoicing he is with the Lord. Denis & Eileen Nogue

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