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November 20, 1952 - January 8, 2021

Delbert Radomske, age 68, of Kelowna BC died on January 8, 2021 in the arms of his loving wife of 50 years, Helen; daughters Virginia Radomske, Erin Radomske (Chad Luider); and son Jarret Radomske (Melissa Kvamme). Gramps is also survived by grandchildren Hannah Radomske (Ryan Booth), Emelia Radomske (Adam Dabek), Steven Deptuck, Kaden Mills, Liam Luider, Liev Luider, Rasmus Radomske, and Magnus Radomske; great-granddaughters Alexia Booth and Baby Booth; sisters Pamela (Stan Spence) and Loni (Chris Krebs); brother Alan Radomske; sisters-in-law Kate Dyson and Virginia Dyson (Bryan Gregoire); and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Delbert was born in Kelowna General Hospital on November 20, 1952 to Betty and Ruben Radomske. After sister Loni was born, the Radomske family moved to the US before returning to Kelowna in 1961 where they moved into 753 Rowcliffe Avenue. From there, Delbert crossed the road to attend Central Elementary and then moved onto Kelowna Secondary School. Those early years saw him active in sports and the outdoors where Del and friends would hike and camp in the local hills. Del began weightlifting early on, got into trouble (oh the stories he would tell!), then he met Helen Dyson. In 1971, Del and Helen were married and soon had three children and plenty of responsibility. After a friend's dad showed him some skills with trapping and log furniture, in 1974 Del decided to take a log building course. Soon afterwards he started his own log building company. In the mid 80's, Del and his family established themselves in Joe Rich where Del started Okanagan School of Log Building teaching students from all over the world and Radomske Log Homes building homes mainly for the Japanese market. Delbert loved log homes and dedicated himself to the craft becoming an innovator and important contributor to the industry. Through Del’s work, he and his family enjoyed many joyous adventures around the world. Del, with Jarret always at his side, was an avid hunter and horseback rider where they shared many adventures including alpine horseback hunts and unforgettable fly-in trips in northern BC. These hunting trips were great storytelling fodder for Del, who was a master storyteller captivating his audience with his adventures, usually involving a stand-off with a grizzly bear. Meat from their hunts were processed in the kitchen and were a family affair including making homemade sausages using the family recipe. Del was also the king of making the perfect pot of popcorn shocking visitors with both the quantity and quality of popcorn he would make. In later years, Del and Helen enjoyed winter vacations to Mexico with Jinny and Bryan. This brief biography is insufficient in telling you about Del and what he meant to his family. In short, Del was loving, kind, funny, strong, confident, proud, brave, and one bad-ass cowboy. He is the man who never got lost and he will forever be found in our hearts and minds.

Special thanks to the caring and supportive staff at Sun Pointe Village. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Alzheimer Society of Canada, www.alzheimer.ca. A Celebration of Delbert's Life to be held at a later date.

Link: www.alzheimer.ca
Condolence Messages
  • Feb 10, 2021
    Sincere condolences to Helen, Jarrett and the rest of the family. I was lucky enough to have spent 4 months with Del and Jarret in 2003 when I took his logbuilding class. One of the highlights in my life, Del was and will be forever in my heart.
    Luc Vreys
  • Feb 08, 2021
    Our sincerest condolences.
    Dennis & Wendy (Treadgold) Hamilton
  • Jan 26, 2021
    My condolences to Helen & family,
    So sorry to hear the news.
    Del was a wonderful man and will be forever remembered with love.
    Verla Bernacki (Bleile)
  • Jan 25, 2021
    I am so saddened for your loss. Thinking about you. Treasure the memories.
    Liz Borrett
  • Jan 23, 2021
    Helen, My deep condolences to you and your family. Your flowergirl, Rhonda Fredrick
  • Jan 23, 2021
    My heart goes out to the Radomske family after the passing of a beloved husband, father, grandfather brother and friend to many. Even though our paths haven't crossed since the school days at KSS in the early 1970's, it was still such a pleasure to have known Delbert and sadden by his passing. Jeff Bryde
  • Jan 22, 2021
    Dear Helen and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss! Del will always hold a special place in my heart because every time I look at my beautiful home, I think of his craftsmanship and all that went into making it the home I still love, and how you guys helped us out in our greatest time of need. Thinking of you and wishing you all peace as you deal with your loss. Nicole Hamilton (and the rest of the Hamilton clan)
  • Jan 22, 2021
    Helen, Jarret, Erin, Virginia and families; I am so sorry for your loss. Del was a very talented and dedicated man. I so very much enjoyed working with him when he taught the log building program at Okanagan College. I was one of Del's first students (down on Spiers Rd.) and to work with him later was a real pleasure. When I think of Del two words come to mind "quiet strength". The photo that you chose captures the essence of Del very well (particularily the twinkle in his eyes).
    You are all in my prayers. With greatest respect,
    Tim Dorn
  • Jan 21, 2021
    Helen and family, I am so sorry to read of Del's passing. Through my connection with the family through Terry and Gail, I took the log building course from Del in the early 80s.... what a treat that was, though to ever hope to match Del's skills and attention to tradition which we students so admired was not in the cards. I can still recall his demonstration of the technique of "brushing" a ripped log with a chainsaw to create a smooth surface.... amazing. He will live on larger than life in all of our memories.
    Glenn Prior
  • Jan 21, 2021
    My heart felt condolences for your loss I am saddened by the loss of the true Daniel Boone I knew Del and family from the Rowcliffe years I’m sure I was there for the early popcorn experiments God Bless. David Korthals
  • Jan 21, 2021
    Helen...I.m so sorry for your loss.I hadn't seen Del for some time now.He was a good friend while in school and years later. He will be missed by many.
    Tim Van Dyke
  • Jan 21, 2021
    Helen and family I am so sorry to hear this news. Rob Drake
  • Jan 21, 2021
    Loni - so sorry for yours and your family's loss. Dolores Gooliaff
  • Jan 20, 2021
    Jinny I am saddened to hear about the passing of your dad. It sounds like he had an adventurous spirit and was a fun guy to be around. Hold your memories close to your heart. Love Ramona Folk (Kruger)
  • Jan 20, 2021
    Del is a great memory from high school for me. Best wishes to family, the picture looks great! Rick Coulthard
  • Jan 20, 2021
    Condolences to all the Family and thanks for the wonderful description of Delbert. Roy Clyne
  • Jan 20, 2021
    Our sincere sympathies. Pat and Jules Morris
  • Jan 20, 2021
    My sincerest condolences to your family for your loss.
    Sherry Keeping
  • Jan 20, 2021
    So sorry for your loss.
    Our condolences to all the family.
    Gunter and Terry Jaschinsky
  • Jan 20, 2021
    My heartfelt condolences Helen to you and all of the family. What a journey you and Del had together. My thoughts are with you. Lynn Stevens
  • Jan 20, 2021
    My condolences to the Radomske family. Alan Stoppa.
  • Jan 20, 2021
    Del and I go back a long ways. I was born in Kelowna General Hospital a couple days before Del. He was the full package great husband, father and person. Helen and family, our family sends our deepest condolences for your loss.
    Ron Robertson.
  • Jan 20, 2021
    Our thoughts are with you all. Embrace the memories.
    Ted and Gloria Schmitke
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Helen,my heart is saddened for you and your family. Heather Pierson
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Dear Helen, Jarret, Jinny and Erin, It breaks my heart to hear Del is no longer with us. He was a friend that cannot be replaced. Del ,Jarret, Peter and I shared many adventures together in the mountains hunting. We also had a wild time in the Philippines. I can only imagine the pain you are all going through at his loss, I feel it too. If I can help you all in any way, please call me. We go back a long way. New tel. no. is 250 258 7258. He was way to young to leave us. He is at peace now and will not be forgotten. Love you my friend, happy trails, Otto
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Uncle Delbert was such a wonderful human with such a special charm! I’m so thankful for the lifetime of memories and will miss him dearly. My love is with all of you as you grieve this tremendous loss.
    Much love,
    Nina (and Dusty)
  • Jan 19, 2021
    What can be said? There are no words ....only awesome memories of one hell of a man. Those memories will keep Del alive in so many hearts......
    Neighbors and friends since the beginning........Sally on behalf of the Evans family.
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Dear Helen and family, I was very saddened to see the loss of Delbert ,your dear husband and father. Loss and grief are not an easy journey. My condolences,
    Sincerely Sandi Appleby’
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Ahhh Helen and family...so very sorry to hear of your loss. We have fond memories of our meetings and short times with both you and Delbert and have many great memories in our log home that he built for us on Huckleberry Rd!
    Dave and Pat Brown
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Helen and Family, Stanley and I want to send our profound condolences at this difficult time. Del built the cabin at Beaver Lake that we were fortunate enough to treasure before selling it to our good friends. We enjoyed our visits with Del and Jarrett at Beaver Lake and Stanley’s visit to your home will always be treasured. May he Rest In Peace and May you forever cherish the incredible memories. You are in our thoughts. Katrina and Stanley Schibler
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Dear Helen and family, I remember Del from so many years ago when Jinny would babysit and I would tag along. He was always so nice to us.
    Thinking of you all at this sad time.
    Patty McIntosh ( Chamberlain)
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Dear Helen, Loni, Kate & family, I am so sorry for your loss of Del. Reading Del's story really took me back to the late 60's early 70's when we were all young and just starting on life's adventures. I remember visiting Kate at the Dyson home in East Kelowna and seeing Helen & Del there with their young family. It was wonderful to see how in love they were and how that magic stayed with them through the years. May your treasured memories give you comfort at this difficult time.
    Barbara Roberts (Tucker)
  • Jan 19, 2021
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Domenic and Lina Rampone
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