Emil Henschel died February 10, 2014 at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Melville, Saskatchewan February 15, 1920, he was the son of Gottfred and Augusta (Berg) Henschel. He was pre-deceased by his siblings Fred, Rudy, Theodore and Annie.
In 1926, Emil moved with his family to Trail where he would become a lifelong resident. In his youth he attended Central School and enjoyed many hot summers with his childhood friends from the Gulch making swimming holes in the Trail Creek.
In 1944 Emil met his beloved wife Emily (Lowe). They were married May 5, 1945 and enjoyed 68 wonderful years together. Together they raised their three children Dennis, Gail and Joy in their East Trail home where they lived until 2012. Family camping trips were a big part of their lives growing up and times spent fishing with Dad will be fondly remembered by Dennis.
In his youth, Emil delivered newspapers and did odd jobs at Hall’s Printing. This led to his apprenticeship as a compositor at Hall’s and his career at the Trail Times newspaper. In 1965 he went into partnership at the “Quick Print” in Trail until 1972, after which he returned to Trail Times until his retirement at 65.
Emil was an active member of the community, both as a member of the Knights of Pythias for 50 years, and the United Church. He enjoyed playing cards with friends, curling, golfing and could play a mean game of horseshoes. Emil and Emily both loved to travel and found cruising a delight. Many happy times were enjoyed in their trips around the Kootenays and down south in their camper van.
Emil is survived by his wife Emily (Lowe) and three children: son, Dennis Henschel (Gloria) of Courtenay, BC; daughter Gail Larson (Jim) of Fruitvale; daughter Joy Roberts (Ernest) of Fort Nelson, BC; his six grandchildren; Heather Mason (Brad), Elysia Scott (Dean), Curtis, Quinn, Angela and Janelle and great-grand children Ally, Ben, Avery, November and Emma. The grandchildren always put a smile on Grampy’s face.
Emil was a loving Husband and Father. He will be greatly missed by all of his family.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Trail United Church with Reverend Michael Hare, Celebrant. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
Please consider a donation in Emil’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation at 4 – 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9M9 or to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation at 1200 Hospital Bench Rd., Trail, BC, V1R 4M1 or online at www.kbrhhealthfoundation.ca
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca