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Willi Konn

May 9, 1953 - January 10, 2016


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden loss of Willi, 62, who passed at home with his loving wife, Debbie, by his side.

Born to the late Gus (2008) and Frieda (2012) Konn in Duncan, British Columbia, Willi joins his parents and mother-in-law, Rose White (2015), in heaven. He leaves behind his wife, Debbie; children, William (Vanessa) and Amanda; sister, Doris (Bob) Bieberdorf; father-in-law, John White; brother-in-law, Rick (Lori) White; nieces and nephews, Breanne (Tyler),  Ashlee (Alex), Stanley, Rene, Tenneh, Valendy, Valencia, and Jaeden; his best furry friend, Cooper; and a loving extended family in both Canada and Germany.

Willi graduated from Cowichan Secondary School in 1971 and began a rewarding life-long career at Crofton Pulp and Paper Mill in 1974.  He purchased his first home in 1978 where he met his future wife, the girl next door. Willi and Debbie married in 1986 and spent their marriage together on unforgettable adventures with their children;William and Amanda and each other. Willi was a long time member of the Canadian Classic Chevelles and Beaumonts where he showed off his 1969 Beaumont Deluxe, which he restored with his son and friend. He and Debbie frequented many car and racing events throughout British Columbia. Among his favourites were drag racing at Western Speedway, Port Alberni Thunder in the Valley, Penticton Peach Cruise and Grand Forks Park in the Park. Locally, Willi enjoyed cheering on the Cowichan Valley Capitals as a dedicated season’s ticket holder.

Willi was a very spiritual man who attended Trinity Lutheran Church and Mill Bay Baptist Fellowship. With a strong foundation in faith, he left our world with a great comfort in knowing this is not his end.

He will be missed for his immense love for his family, sense of humour, willingness to help anyone in need, incredible memory and storytelling, and his endless support for his children’s ambitions.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. A service will be held at 11 o’clock on Monday, January 18th, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2704 James Street, Duncan, and interment at Mountain View Cemetery, followed by a celebration of life at Duncan Eagles Hall, 2965 Boys Road, Duncan.

“You left us far too soon, but what we have once enjoyed we can never lose;
all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”


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From: Darlene Adamschek
Relation: Cousin

We are so sad to hear about Willi’s passing. He was an amazing man. We enjoyed spending time with him. Debbie our thoughts are with you. This is an unbelievably shock. Our deepest condolences. Love Darlene, Mike Naomi and Leah.

From: Rod and Shirley Myhr
Relation: acquaintances through the church

Our condolences to Debby and family. We cannot imagine to know what you are going through, but know it must be very very difficult. Willi was a great person, as you know, and we are both saddened to hear of his passing. Our hope is that you and your family will remember the good times, and smile at the times you have been blessed to have shared.

From: Rob & Marg Armour
Relation: Friend

May the special memories of family times spent together, help you all thru these difficult days. With our heartfelt sympathy, the Armours.

From: Brian Miller
Relation: Friend and workmate.

A Great Workmate and a Good Friend! We spent a lot of work-time talking about family, work, and all the other aspects of life that workmates do. You will be Greatly missed at our monthly coffees.
My Deepest Sympathies to Debbie, William and Amanda.

From: Lani Harris
Relation: Friend

Willi’s sister Doris and I became good friends in grade one, and Willi has been like a benevolent big brother to me over the past 50 years. The Konn family was like my second family growing up. Willi was always looking out for us, and he cracked me up with his quick wit and sense of humour.
My sincere condolences to Debbie, Willam and Amanda and of course my dear friend Doris. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

From: Ken and Lois DeEll
Relation: Friend and workmate for 35 years.

Willi was always a great guy to work with. Will miss our coffee times. We never did have enough of them. Debbie and family have our deepest sympathy.

From: Aleisha Buick
Relation: Friend

I am so sorry to hear about Willi’s passing. He was such an amazing friend to my dad (Barry Buick), who always spoke so highly of him and had so many incredible memories of their friendship. I hope that happy memories of Willi will help you through this difficult time.

From: Betty & Bill Thompson
Relation: Friend

We are so shocked to hear the news of Willi passing. He was such a good man, great friend and wonderful father. We have known Willi since 1978, when I met him while working with his good friends Mike and Pat at Western Wheel. Willi was always generous with his time and his wit. Later, when he met Debbie and had their kids, we saw another wonderful aspect of Willi as a doting father and husband. The Cowichan Valley was a richer place with Willi in it. He will be dearly missed. Sincere heartfelt condolences to Debbie and the kids. Our hearts are with you.

From: Anke Spürkel
Relation: family

Wir sind so traurig und geschockt! Wir sind alle in Gedanken bei euch und wünschen euch Kraft und Trost in dieser schweren Zeit! Wir sind dankbar, Willi gekannt zu haben. Fühlt euch umarmt! Alles Liebe von Anke, Jürgen, Tom, Ben, Gerda, und Michael

From: Don and Doreen Kirkpatrick
Relation: friend

We were shocked and saddened to hear of Willi”s sudden passing. He was a kind and gentle man and a loving husband and father. Will greatly miss seeing him at the ball park where we would share a story, have a laugh, and reminisce of days gone by in the valley. R.I.P. Willi

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 18, 2016
Beginning at 11:00am

Trinity Lutheran Church
2704 James Street
Duncan, BC Canada

2704 James Street
Duncan, BC Canada

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