Klaus Dieter SOTH

With great sadness, we announce the passing of our hero, husband, Dad and Opi.

Klaus fought for two weeks after his tragic accident before passing with his children and wife at his side at VGH on Jan. 30, 2009. Klaus was born Feb.1, 1931 in Tornau, Germany.

He immigrated to Manitoba in 1951, and proudly became a Canadian citizen in 1957. He worked for the Hudson Bay Trading Co., he was also a logger, a crane operator. Later, in 1969, after moving to Yarrow and then Abbotsford, he was a real estate agent and eventually in 1981, he became a hog farmer. In every job that he did, he worked very hard and was respected as one of the best of his trade.

He loved hunting, fishing, camping, photography, and his woodturning.

Klaus was married to the love of his life, Marianne for 53 years. They had many hardships and joy together over the years, but through it all, their love and respect for each other held the family unit strong.

Klaus was honoured by the Governor General of Canada for bravery; he also was given the Carnegie medal for his bravery in putting his own life in danger to save a policewoman’s life.

Klaus was a strong-willed man, but always did what he felt was the honourable and respectable thing, and always, always put family first.

He was greatly loved and will be sadly missed by his wife, Marianne, his sons, Michael Soth (Sandra), Rolf Soth (Trish), Peter Soth (Donalda), his daughters, Susi Vander Wyk (Bruce), Heidi Struys (Francis) and his grandchildren: Nicole, Katrina, Erick, Ryan, Emily, Erica, Karl, Janelle, Tyler, Brodie, Paige, Dexter, Holli, Amy, Marianne, Jami and Stephanie.

Our family would like to welcome anyone who wishes to join them, in a celebration of his life, on February 7th 2009 at 10:00 a.m. from Henderson’s Funeral Home – 45901 Victoria Avenue, Chilliwack. A light lunch to follow at German Canadian Club – 45910 Alexander Street, Chilliwack. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

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