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WALTHERS, Larry

WALTHERS, Larry

April 10, 1942 – November 16, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce that Larry Walthers’ journey to the other side was hastened by recent issues with his heart. His arrival in Heaven will be enjoyed by his ancestors and friends who are over there already as he was such an enjoyable and loveable human being. Generous, kind, funny and likeable are just a few words that describe this great man, a man who will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives he touched during his busy life.

Larry was born in Vancouver, but raised in Hedley, BC until his family moved to Hope, BC around age 15. From there he moved around BC as he pursued a career as an automobile dealer. Larry was involved in many organizations over the years including president of Kelowna Lions Club, City of Vernon Economic Development Committee, Rotary Club in Vernon, Board of Directors of New Car Dealers of British Columbia, president of Vernon Motor Dealers Association, Board of Directors of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association and more. Larry was a man who loved cars from a young age and that passion led him to pursue a career in the automobile business. His career took him to numerous locations around British Columbia during his 20’s. He then spent several years in Kelowna, BC working with Ron Jacobsen at his Pontiac Buick GMC Dealership. Larry fulfilled his dream by becoming a General Motors Dealer himself when he purchased the Pontiac Buick GMC Dealership in Vernon, BC in the fall of 1982 and named it Parkside Pontiac Buick GMC. By the late 1980’s he and his team were selling over 1,000 vehicles a year out of the small dealership building in the small town of Vernon. Larry was one of the most awarded GM Dealers in Canada, having won General Motors highest “Triple Crown” Dealer award 3 times over the years . He took great pride when in 1995 he built a new dealership facility and renamed his company Walthers Pontiac Buick GMC, which he and family operated until retirement in 2010. His success in the car business allowed him to live life to the fullest by travelling the world, and enjoying his pursuits of golf, boating and skiing. During the past 10 years Larry enjoyed spending the winters amongst family and friends in beautiful Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

He was predeceased by his parents Kay & Chuck Walthers, uncle Bud Reid, brother Garry Walthers, daughter Edelle Hendsbee-Walthers, grandson Chad Jacobsen. He is survived by and will be sadly missed by his wife, Audrey Walthers and children; David Walthers (Judy), Bonnie Walthers-Jacobsen, Bruce Walthers (Nancy), Gary Walthers and his grandchildren Brandon, Alyssa, Gabby, Shalynn, Chase, Morgan and Odelle as well as his brother John Walthers (Lila) and sister in-law Sandra Walthers.

It was an honour and a privilege to have him in our lives. The family anticipates holding a spring 2018 celebration of life gathering in his home town of Vernon, BC and ensuing spreading of his ashes.


Condolence Messages
  • Dec 12, 2017
    Audrey,
    Very sorry to hear of Larry's death. I just read his obituary in the Kelowna newspaper. He certainly had a full and successful life from his start in Hedley. All the best to you and your family.
    Jim Cade
  • Dec 11, 2017
    Larry was a great man and I just am so glad that I got to meet and spend time with him in Kona and Canada over the years. Our last adventure to Northern Vancouver Island and Kingcome was an awesome treat. I am just glad I got to spend that last bit of time with him. My heart goes out to everyone in the Walthers family all who I consider family myself. Here in Hawaii we have a term for family called Hanai family. Or put another way friends that are so close they are family. I feel as though I have lost a family member myself and I know the grief that the rest of the Walthers family is feeling. Larry had an amazing life, and he lived it to the fullest there is nothing more that any of us could ask for. He accomplished his goals traveled and pursued his Passions. How much Aloha to all the Walthers family. Kale
  • Dec 10, 2017
    Bonnie and family, very sorry to hear of Larry's passing. May all the great memories you have help you through this difficult time.
    Barb Browne, Jacobsen GM
  • Dec 10, 2017
    Larry was a great boss. The best I ever had. The years at Walthers GM will always be in my memory. Wishing the family much love at a time like this. Bruce Fisher
  • Dec 10, 2017
    Larry was one of the good guys. I worked for Larry and his son Gary. Larry always had a smile for everyone and I enjoyed his visits with me in Penticton . I will miss his smiles and visits . Larry rest in peace Jack Muise
  • Dec 07, 2017
    To the Walthers family, my thoughts are with you all in this sad time in life. I wouldn't be who I am if it weren't for the Walthers family. Larry is a big part of my success in life, giving me many opportunities along the way. Your great smile and sense of humour will be missed by all who knew you. I hope to see you all very soon.
    Brian McHale
  • Dec 07, 2017
    Dear Audrey, David, Bonnie, Bruce, Gary,
    I was so sorry to read this yesterday. I don't know where all the time goes, but want you to know of the fond memories with the Lions club and ski ventures to Sun Valley, Whistler, and Big White we had. Loved his sense of humor and his unending generosity. Love to all of you.
    Greg Amundrud
  • Dec 06, 2017
    I sent an condolence this afternoon and forgot to sign it...I said I had worked with Larry for 11 years....could you please sign it....love Leo and Jean Bulach
    I will be so thankful for this.
  • Dec 06, 2017
    Dear Audrey and Bonnie - So sorry for your loss.
    Thinking about your during this difficult time and praying for you.
    Hugs, Martha Willms
  • Dec 06, 2017
    We are sorry to hear that Larry has passed away. He and his family are fondly remembered from our teaching days at Glenmore and in the purchase of a brand new family car many years ago.
    Audrey and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bruce and Bonnie, you both remain in my heart.
    Judy (Farris) Johnson and Ken Johnson
  • Dec 05, 2017
    Larry, Gary, Audrey and Bonnie have been such a big part of my family's life. The wonderful sense of humor and laugh that Larry brought to our lives will be sadly missed, as will his kindness, warmth and peaceful nature. I can't thank this family enough for all they have done for me, and for the love they bring to my life. Big hugs to all of you, I'm so sorry for your loss. May he visit often in your dreams, and live always in your hearts. xoxo
    Ashleigh Magill
  • Dec 05, 2017
    So very sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know you are in my thoughts and I am sending lots of warm aloha to you and the family.
    Nancie Martens
  • Dec 05, 2017
    Dear Walthers famil, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I always enjoyed Larry's visits to our store to see what's new and how the boating industry is doing. I loved his business in site. Wishing the family Peace and Comfort.
    Tony Essler, Rayburns Marine
  • Dec 04, 2017
    Dear Audrey, so sorry to hear about Larry's passing. Not many guys like him. Always had a smile on his face and such a great sense humor. He always had time to talk to you and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Most of all he was such a generous, warm person. He will be missed by all. Love Don and Nikki Carter
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