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Official Obituary of

Dirk Kukler

March 27, 1941 ~ August 22, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Dirk Kukler Obituary

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dirk Kukler on August 22, 2023, in Kelowna, BC.  Dirk passed from issues related to ALS. 

Dirk is survived by his sons Timm (Criseida) and Jan (Angela); grandchildren David (Cheyenne), Marcus, Jasmine, Dylan, Cassidy; great grand daughter Makenna; and his significant other Helga.

Dirk was born May 27, 1941, to Aneliese and Waldemar Kukler in Kiel, Germany and in 1966 married Veronika; shortly thereafter bringing sons Timm and Jan into the world.  The young family moved to Canada in 1975, living in Grand Prairie, Swift Current and later Prince George where Dirk started Comfort Insulation. The family enjoyed country living on a two-acre hobby farm raising chickens, geese, goats and riding horses.  

In 1990, Dirk and Veronika officially started retirement, moving from Prince George to Peachland, first building a house and then travelling in a 5th wheel around BC and Jasper.  Living in Peachland inspired Dirk to start a healthier lifestyle including running and mountain biking.  As with anything Dirk started, he was not satisfied with just exercising and he started to enter Peachland Canada Day 5k races and August long weekend mini triathlons which he capped off with a three generation 5k run in 2012 at age 68 with son Timm and grandson Marcus.  Dirk continued to run past 70 years of age, joking that he was always guaranteed 1st or 2nd place in his age bracket given there were only two participants.  During the Okanagan winter Dirk and Veronika loved spending time in Puerto Vallarta.   

In 2016, life changed dramatically for Dirk and the family with the passing of Veronika after 49 wonderful years of marriage.  After Veronika’s passing, Dirk continued to live each day to its fullest, travelling each winter to Mexico and keeping busy biking, distance walking, reading, morning coffees with his friends, singing in a choir and attending various social functions where he made new friends. In 2022, Dirk met Helga with whom he would develop a loving relationship.

Dirk could always be counted on as a loving father and a caring friend to those he met.  Dirk always tried to see the highest potential in everyone and loved to lend an invisible hand when he thought he could be helpful.  Towards the end of his life, Dirk faced his ALS with the strength of his faith in God and the strong support of his family, loved ones and friends. 

Dirk will be immensely missed by all. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Wedgewood Condominiums, 1045 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 5Y1.

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Celebration of Life
Saturday
September 9, 2023

2:00 PM
Wedgewood Condominiums
1045 Sutherland Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 5Y1

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