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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Rudolf “Rudy” Ziegler on August 4, 2023, at the age of 85.

Rudy is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Hazel; son David (Connie) of Vancouver, BC, and daughter Caroline (Stephen) of Toronto, ON; beloved grandchildren Zachary and Dylan Ziegler, and Connor and Mira Kranabetter; brother John Ziegler and sister Kathy Sowinski of Kelowna, BC; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Matthew Ziegler.

Rudy was born in Balmas, Romania and emigrated with his family from Germany in 1950 to Kelowna, BC, where his parents bought a fruit orchard. Rudy and Hazel met in 1960 and married in 1962. They bought the orchard and family home in 1968, where they happily raised their family.

Rudy and Hazel sold the orchard and retired in 1996 but remained in their home on an acre of subdivided land. Rudy spent many happy years there with Hazel, puttering in his workshop and around the house, and visiting with friends and relatives. He and Hazel travelled extensively, venturing to such far-flung places as Costa Rica, Fiji, New Zealand, Panama, Mexico, the Rhine River Valley, Hawaii, Alaska, South Korea and throughout Canada and the Western US. In 2019, Rudy and Hazel sold the farmhouse and moved into a retirement community in town.

Rudy was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, hunting, boating, and fishing. He loved wood working and built birdhouses and many toys for his grandchildren. He enjoyed being with his family and experiencing different cultures and food during his travels. He was a loving husband, beloved father and grandfather, loyal friend and generous mentor. He will be greatly missed by all.

Those wishing to honour Rudy’s memory may donate to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation

A Celebration of Life will be held on SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2023, at 1:00 pm, at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. 

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2023, at 1:00 pm


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Service Details

The service for ZIEGLER, Rudolf is scheduled for SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2023, at 1:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Len and Rachel Blaker says:

    Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Blessed be with him. 🙏

  • Sheri Agosti says:

    We are terribly sorry to hear the news of your father passing. Sending you much love and condolences to you, Connie, Zach, and Dylan. Our thoughts are with you always,
    Sheri, Moreno, Emma, and Pietro.

  • Gus, Des and Lisey Baron says:

    Dear Hazel, Dave, Caroline, Connie, Stephen, Konnor, Mira, Zach and Dylan—
    Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather.
    Sending love, hugs and continued strength for your family over the days ahead.
    God bless,
    Des, Gus and Lisey

  • Winnie Talan says:

    Our deepest condolences. Sending strength, comfort, and love to you all during this difficult time – Winnie, Frank & Radley

  • Leo & Anne Touw says:

    To Hazel and family we send our deepest condolences.
    Leo & Anne Touw

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