It is with heavy hearts and the fondest of memories that we announce the passing of Roy Michael Kahle on October 4th, 2021. Roy was born July 12th, 1944 in Neumunster, Germany and passed suddenly at home surrounded by his loving family after living an amazing life filled with love, success, and most importantly, golf.
Roy lived his early years in Germany before being adopted in 1950 by his aunt, Hannelore Kahle and her husband, Gerd. In 1951, they moved to Namibia where he earned some of his favourite stories, playing on the African plains before emigrating to Canada in 1956. Moving to Vancouver was a bit of a culture shock for Roy before leaving high school and finding his tribe in the Canadian Army at the age of 16. This period of his life took him to Gaza where he enjoyed the comradery of his army buddies and exceled at the United Nations Emergency Force Track and Field events. From there, Roy moved back to Vancouver where he found his future in his loving wife Anne. They met at a dance and were married in February of 1966. Roy then went on to earn his undergraduate degree at UBC and his Masters of Education at SFU. After teaching high school in Salmon Arm for a number of years Roy got the opportunity to teach for 3 years at the high school at CFB Baden-Söllingen, Germany. Roy and Anne lived many of their favourite days creating lifelong friendships on the base and traveling throughout Europe in their VW Van with their 2 children, Karyn and Christopher. Christopher was born in Baden-Baden.
Returning to Canada in 1980, they settled back in Salmon Arm where Roy enjoyed playing golf and skiing with his family at Silver Star. In 1984, Roy decided to make a career change and enrolled at UVic Law School. He enjoyed sharing his university experience with Karyn who also attended UVic during that time. Roy settled into the other side of the classroom quickly and loved spending his downtime salmon fishing off Cadboro Bay. After graduation, Roy found his first opportunity articling in Kamloops at Fulton & Company before starting his own practice. This would be the start of a long career in Kamloops practicing Family and Personal Injury law and building working relationships in the law community.
Roy was very fortunate to have his daughter Karyn, her husband Mike and his 3 grandchildren, Makena, Connor and Carson live close by in Kamloops. He enjoyed participating in all the staple grandparent events as the children grew up.
His son Christopher, daughter-in-law Amanda and his two grand-daughters, Lilou and Drew live in Los Angeles but he always loved his trips to see them as it always involved golf outings with his son and lots of fun times with Amanda and his sweet grand-daughters.
Roy is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Kathleen Anne, daughter Karyn Sutherland (Michael) of Kamloops, son Christopher Kahle (Amanda) of Los Angeles and grandchildren Makena, Connor, Carson, Lilou and Drew. Roy is also survived by his brother Hans-Jurgen Ruck of Neumunster and half-sister Ulrike Meis, of Leverkusen, Germany.
Our Roy will be dearly missed by our family and many dear friends. Our family’s thanks go out to the Kamloops Fire & Rescue, RCMP and Ambulance ERT’s for their sincere efforts and empathy that evening.
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