Rudolph Dortman

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Rudolph Dortman

April 23, 1936 ~ September 30, 2016


Rudy passed away peacefully at his home in Elkford on September 30, 2016 at the age of 80 years.


“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count….it’s the life in your years.”

Rudolph “Rudy” Dortman was born to Jacob and Amelia Dortman of Leask, Saskatchewan on April 23, 1936. He came from a family of nine children and was himself a twin. He lived on the family farm until 1956 when he left to join his brother at the Bluebell mine in Riondel, B.C. He resided and worked there until 1972 when he moved to the Elk Valley where he spent the remainder of his working life with Fording Coal. Rudy retired from work in 1993 and continued to enjoy living in Elkford, BC. He had family and friends, and hunting and fishing right outside his front door. Rudy was an avid outdoorsman and thought nothing of putting miles on his truck to get to his favorite fishing hole or hunting spot.

He will be sadly missed and is survived by twin brother Randy of Creston; sisters Martha Gray of Cranbook, BC, Clara Sommerfeld (Ray) of Hinton, AB, Lily Cowan of Cranbook, BC, and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 11am at G.F. Oliver Funeral Chapel in Creston, BC, Lorne Cornelson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to BC Lung Association, Box 34009 Stn D. Vancouver, BC, V6J 4M2.