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SCHNACKENBERG, Hermann Hinrich

SCHNACKENBERG, Hermann Hinrich

April 14, 1930 - September 15, 2019

In loving memory of Hermann Hinrich Schnackenberg who passed away September 15, 2019. Hermann passed away peacefully at Kelowna General Hospital with his loving family by his side.

Hermann Schnackenberg was born in Tarmstedt, Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1952. His plan was to travel across Canada but he ended up in Saskatoon where he met our mother, Regina, in 1954. They were married and moved to Kelowna, BC in 1957. Between 1958 and 1966 they had 5 children; 4 boys and 1 girl. In Kelowna, he worked as a mixologist at the legendary Willow Inn Hotel for many years. After, he worked at the Zodiac Pub in Rutland. After 29 years of marriage, Regina and Hermann decided to go their separate ways. In 1985, Hermann formed a relationship with a long time friend, Erika Zerr. Hermann and Erika moved to Naramata where he worked various jobs including working at the local general store. In 2017, they moved back to Kelowna where they lived until Hermann’s passing.

Hermann was active in charities for many years, raising the most money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation Curl-a-thon for a number of those years. Hermann also donated blood many times over a span of over 50 years. He was very active. Hunting, fishing and enjoying card games such as crib and skat. Hermann the German (as his friends called him) was very social, entertaining numerous friends over the years.

Hermann was predeceased by his mother, Martha and his father who died in WWII when Hermann was just a young boy. He was also predeceased by half sisters.

Hermann is survived by his partner Erika, his sister Katie, his children Gary, Rod (Debbie), Darrell (Lesley), Karen (Jim) and Randy (Cara). He is also survived by his grandchildren, James, Andrew, Steven, Stephanie, Leah, Matthew, Caylm and Reid.

The family would like to extend its gratitude to the staff at Kelowna General Hospital for their care and compassion during this difficult time.

It was Hermann’s wishes to not have a service, but his family will be celebrating his life at a later date.

If you knew Hermann, raise a glass of Beck’s Beer in his memory.

Condolence Messages
  • Sep 23, 2019
    My condolences to you and your family Randy.
    Wayne Turk
  • Sep 22, 2019
    So sorry to hear of Herman's passing, he was a wonderful individual and was always willing to give of himself. All the best Erica. Phyllis and Jack Warren
  • Sep 20, 2019
    So sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of our visits to see your Dad in Naramata. My thoughts are with you and your family.
  • Sep 20, 2019
    To Hermann's family;
    Our thoughts are with you, and we offer our sincere condolences as you grieve the loss of Hermann. We shall have a Beck's in his memory. Big hugs to all.
    Rhonda and Larry Schatz
  • Sep 19, 2019
    Randy and family,
    Sorry for your loss, your dad will always be a fixture of the Willow Inn Hotel as it was back in the old days!! My dad had some great memories and stories of your dad when he worked there, as I am sure many old time customers do too! Cheers to the good old days!
    Sincerely, Donna Noble
  • Sep 19, 2019
    We are so sorry to learn of your Dad's passing. Please give our condolences to the rest of your family. I must say, the picture of your of Dad sitting there with a smile and a cold beer is perfect! May he rest in peace.
    Gary and Joan Eichberger
  • Sep 19, 2019
    Rod and family,
    My condolences Rod in the passing of your Dad.
    Ross Haskins
  • Sep 18, 2019
    I am so sorry for you loss.
    Sue Cmolik
  • Sep 18, 2019
    Great memories of Hermann from the Zodiac and ANAF.
    My deepest condolences.
    Susan Johal
  • Sep 18, 2019
    Randy and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    Ken and Bim Luknowsky
  • Sep 18, 2019
    Gary, please accept our condolences on the passing our your Dad. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort at this difficult time.
    Fred and Debbie MacKinnon
  • Sep 18, 2019
    So sorry to hear of your dad's passing Gary. My sincere condolences to you and your family.
    Pam Outhwaite
  • Sep 18, 2019
    Gary, Rod, Darrell, Karen, Randy, and families:
    We share your sorrow in the loss of your Dad - he made our world a better place. We hold you in our prayers.
    David & Carmel Worrall
  • Sep 18, 2019
    Les and I had the honor of knowing this great man from the time he worked at the Zodiac to when he came to visit us in Golden after we moved there from Kelowna. He ran a tight ship with ease & had a heart of gold & we have many great memories of dear Hermann the German!!! Rest in peace now.