Irwin Kenneth Huscroft
March 6, 1924 ~ February 8, 2013
Kenneth Huscroft passed away peacefully at the Creston Valley Hospital on February 8, 2013 in his 89th year, with his family and friends by his side.
Kenneth Huscroft was born in Lister, BC to Creston Valley pioneers John Henry Huscroft and his wife Amy. Kenneth grew up in Lister and worked in the family businesses of farming, logging and sawmilling until leaving to join the Royal Canadian Air Force to become a pilot. He earned his wings in Gimli, Manitoba and was promoted to Flying Officer in 1944. Kenneth was not sent overseas as the war ended and he was discharged in 1945 and then returned to the Creston Valley to work in the family business.
Kenneth had a lifelong passion for flying and for working in his sawmill that he built from a small portable mill. He loved family and friends and was happiest when surrounded by children. He loved animals and always had two or more dogs. Kenneth liked hunting, fishing, playing hockey and snowmobiling. He enjoyed gardening, growing vegetables and flowers. Kenneth was a founding member of the Creston Valley Rotary Club, a member of the Legion and always proud to march in the Remembrance Day Ceremonies.
Kenneth was predeceased by his parents John and Amy Huscroft; brothers Warren, Burt, Elmer and Leonard; sister Irene Mitchell; grandson Larry Telling; daughter-in-law Dulce Huscroft and first wife Kate Huscroft.
Kenneth is survived by his wife Gloria; ten children, John (Carol) Huscroft, Warren (Kalen) Huscroft, Gwen Telling, Ruth Huscroft, Kevin (Patricia) Huscroft, Barry Huscroft (Angeline Toscano), Jean (Patrick) Temple, Roselle Huscroft, Derek (Melanie) Huscroft, Hilory (Jayson) Blackmore; his younger siblings, Dawn Sommerfeld, Mick (Marlis) Huscroft and Shirley (Graham) Edis. Kenneth is also survived by 21 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.
A Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with President Don Low officiating.
After making his final trip with the Funeral Procession through his sawmill, which was his life, Kenneth was laid to rest in a casket made of wood from his mill. Interment was at the Lister Anglican Cemetery.
Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Creston Valley Rotary Club, PO Box 495, Creston, BC V0B 1G0 Or to the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29, PO Box 135, Creston, BC V0B 1G0.
The family would like to thank Kenneth’s many relatives and faithful friends, President Don Low, Bishop David Falconer and the congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
We would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Creston Valley Hospital and especially Kenneth’s personal physician, Dr. John Griffioen.