Herbert Els
1941 - 2021
Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services - Kamloops
604 Tranquille Rd
Kamloops, BC
Herb passed from this life to be with the LORD in the early afternoon of November 8, 2021 while in care at Trinity Care in Kamloops. He was born in September 1941 in Yorkton, SK.

He was predeceased by his father Alex, his mother Mary and all his siblings, Eddie (in infancy), sisters Lydia, Mildred, and Loreen as well as several nieces and nephews.

Left to grieve but find solace that he is at peace are his wife Linda, six brothers-in-law, eight sisters-in-law, several cousins, nieces, and nephews to the third generation, and many friends.

He grew up on a farm in the Barvis District near Rhein, SK. His heart was not in farming, he could hear air horns of trucks on the highway and he longed for the freedom of the open road. He became a long haul truck driver which took him to many places and many moves. Yorkton, then Saskatoon, Edmonton where he met his wife, and they were soon off to Whitehorse. He was involved in a horrific truck accident, sustaining a significant brain injury. He went on to train as a heavy-duty mechanic. When the economy in the Yukon took a huge downturn, we moved to Prince George which became home for the next 19 years.

When he was no longer able to do the heavy work of a mechanic, he trained to sharpen shears, scissors and knives which he continued to do until about the last years of his life. It was during this time, we moved to Kamloops making it our home for the last 24 years.

Herb was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church. Although, he strayed away for a time, here turned to church with a renewed faith and deeper understanding of this precious gift which carried him through many turbulent and trying times.

He will be remembered as a kind and gentle man, with a very stubborn streak, philosophical and thoughtful in his outlook on life.

I thank Dr. P. Farrell the wonderful staff at Trinity for the care provided in his last days.

Donations in Herb's memory can be made to Lord of Life Lutheran Church or Trinity Care.

A Funeral Service took place on Monday, November 15, 2021, at 11:00 pm at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church with an interment that followed at Hillside Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives
Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324
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Linda, I am glad to have shared a pew with you and Herb for a short time. Herb's gentle kindness made a difference in my life. Hugs to you.
Jane (Snyder) Derry
December 5, 2021
Herb was a kind and generous soul. He will be missed. Condolences to Linda and all who knew him. RIP Herb.
Neil Houseman
November 16, 2021
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