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Frederick Fritz George Koehle

November 21, 1927 - April 26, 2017


It is with great sadness that the family of Frederick George (Fritz) Koehle announces his passing Wednesday April 26, 2017 at the age of 89.

Born to Fred and Lena Koehle in Regina SK November 21, 1927 (2nd boy of 4).  He grew up in Trail, playing hockey and was the stick boy for the Trail AAA Juniors BC Champions.  Moved to Nelson when he was 15 where Fritz and his three brothers Red, Bob & Gerry curled, played baseball, boxing and of course hockey!  At the age of 20 Fritz and his father Fred started Koehle & Son sheet metal & heating, Fritz has been in many of the Nelson homes over their 47 years of business.  Fritz married Juanita Dell (Dolly) Smiley Sept 2, 1949 they spent 64 years together raising a family of 4 kids, 8 grandkids and 5 great grandkids.  Fritz and Dolly loved to golf, together they worked at starting a Junior Hockey Team the first in Nelson and with Fritz coaching in 1968 the Nelson Jr Maple Leafs won the Cyclone Taylor Cup BC Champions Undefeated.  Fritz continued coaching hockey for many years, he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. After 4 years of Dolly’s passing Fritz is back with his true love of life, Fritz and Dolly are back together.

Fritz will be forever remembered by his loving children Wendy (Roger), Guy (Lorna), Karan (Doug), Jody (Vicki) grandchildren Michelle (Darren), Cheyenne (Joy), Scott, Nichole (Matt), Kristy, Kyle, Colton, Joscelyn, great grandchildren Greg, Beau, Kelbey, Tess & Kylan.  He will also be remembered by his surviving brother Bob (Rosina), sister in-laws Merla, Vi, Nina & Jeanne.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers family & friends may make donation to the Mountain Lakes Seniors community, 908 – 11th Street Nelson V1L 7A6.  They took good care of Fritz for the last year.  Thank you all for your love & support.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: M Joey Gatchell
Relation: former co-worker of Karan's

Karan and family, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Keeping you in my prayers.
Joey Gatchell

From: Lavonne & Rob Ross
Relation: Niece

We were very sad to hear of Uncle Fritz passing. Our thoughts, hugs and prays go out to you all.

From: Merla Ridge
Relation: Brother in law.

Wendy, Guy, Karan and Jody, I’m sorry for the loss of your dad, now he can be with Dolly and it will make you feel a little better knowing he is with her again. Love you all.

From: Cyndi Whitfield
Relation: Know Guy & Karan

Wendy, Guy, Karan, Jody & Families, I am truly sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. Sending my sincere condolences and healing hugs.

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