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SCHELTGEN, Jerry

SCHELTGEN, Jerry

Jerry Scheltgen aka “Kilowatt” was born in Limerick, Saskatchewan and passed away at age 77 at KGH on February 16th, 2018. He is remembered for his kindness, patience, and gentle soul.

He is survived by his sons Michael and Warren, daughters-in-law Yesenia and Dongmei; grandchildren Alexander, Eva, Gabriel, and Natalie; wife Dina (nee Macri); nieces and nephews, and many more extended family. He is predeceased by his parents, Lucien and Mary; and his older brothers, Willy and Elmer.

Jerry's fondest childhood memories were growing up on the family farm where they grew wheat and raised chickens, pigs, geese, and cows. They were one of the early farms to generate electricity from wind. The machinery environment of the farm and two older brothers were a great stimulus for a curious boy.

At age eight, the family moved to British Columbia where Jerry finished school and began his career as an engineer.

During his career, he worked with many amazing people and co-authored scientific papers in Mining and Agriculture journals. He invented a 'first in the world' fruit texture analyzer that was sold in 18 countries. His travels included many places including Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe, and England. He had a lifelong passion for racing motorcycles, muscle cars, and aviation, having held a private pilot's licence.

He included his children and grand children in these pursuits. He inspired their curiosity and love of learning about nature and science through many fun camping trips, family vacations, and helping out in his shop. Jerry enjoyed hiking and exploring with his grandchildren.

Jerry suffered from ALS and spent his last months at Brookhaven Care Centre. His family extends their heartfelt thanks to staff of KGH, Brookhaven, and Everden Rust.

It was Jerry's wish to not have a funeral. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com


Link: www.everdenrust.com
Condolence Messages
  • Apr 06, 2018
    My first job was with Jerry, kept in touch with him over the years. Learned a lot from him, sad to see him go. Sympathies to the family.
    Earl Schmidt
  • Mar 08, 2018
    I will always remember my Uncle Jerry as a gentle man who treated everyone with kindness. He had a full life, full of creativity within his chosen field of work, love for his wife, children and grandchildren and passion for his many interests outside of work. Hugs to you Michael, Warren and Dina. You are blessed to have had such a wonderful man in your lives.
    Vicky Scheltgen
  • Mar 05, 2018
    Great guy. Wonderful neighbour growing up on Pacific Ave. Intelligent conversationalist. Will be missed at our luncheon group. Condolences to the family.
    Harold Gray
  • Mar 03, 2018
    I only learned of Jerry's passing today. Very sad indeed. I worked for Jerry from early February of 1979 until I retired in 2013. So many memories. My sympathies to Dina, Micheal. Warren and their Families.
    Bill Kingston
  • Feb 24, 2018
    I am sorry to hear Jerry has passed on. May he rest in peace. We had some good times with cars and motorcycles many years ago. Condolences to the family. Daryal Gibbs
  • Feb 23, 2018
    "Back in the day" (1970's/80's) Jerry was a good friend to the Okanagan Auto Sport Club and the Knox Mountain Hillclimb. He engineered the electronic timing system that we used for years, it worked flawlessly. Jerry was a true genius and was a treat to talk to about technical issues we encountered. He will be missed. RIP Jerry.
    Jim Keller
  • Feb 23, 2018
    After a lengthy illness Jerry can finally rest in peace. For many years [Decades] Kilowatt has been part of a group that would meet for lunch. I will miss his quiet, polite personality. My condolences to his sons Michael and Warren.
    Brian Yamaoka
  • Feb 22, 2018
    It seems unimaginable that this wonderful man has left us. Our world is indeed a sadder place without him. I knew Jerry from the Willow Inn days and was fascinated with his new invention at that time to do with keeping apples longer. He was a gentle soul and may the Lord bless him.
    John Mackay
  • Feb 22, 2018
    Jerry was certainly one of Kelowna's unique personalities. We always enjoyed his visits to our shop. His Area 51 Lab coat is finally retired.
    Rest in peace Jerry.
    The Staff at Interior Electronics
  • Feb 22, 2018
    Jerry was a regular customer at Mcleans Cafe. He was gentle and kind and always so polite. It saddened us greatly when he became ill. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    Sharon
  • Feb 21, 2018
    Wish to express the loss of Jerry to all family member's. Kilowatt was a data base of knowledge for all topics at the lunch discussions. I could not deliver soft apples to the packing house as Jerry's apple pressure tester, used world wide at apple packing houses, could not be fooled. John Whittaker
  • Feb 21, 2018
    My goldpanner man is gone, sorry to hear it. He was a great client of mine. Sorry for your loss.
    Dennis
  • Feb 21, 2018
    Enjoyed having Jerry for a customer for many years at McLeans Cafe along with his buddy Tom. Thank you for the great memories. Prayers sent to the family.
  • Feb 21, 2018
    I treasure the conversations with Jerry over the years, he was a man of many talents. I was sad to hear of his passing. One realizes our mortality, he was only two years older than I am.
    Bob Hyam
  • Feb 21, 2018
    Jerry was always a great colleague to work with and for.
    Sympathies to the family.
    Frank
  • Feb 21, 2018
    So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Enjoyed the conversations with him over lunch with the boys over the years. May he now rest in peace.
    Don Urquhart
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