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Richard James Unrau

September 9, 1962 - August 31, 2022


The family of Rick Unrau is heartbroken to announce his sudden passing on August 31, 2022, at the age of 59 years. Born to Jim & Sherilyn Unrau, on September 9, 1962 in Dawson Creek, BC, Rick enjoyed a fantastic youth, filled with almost unbelievable (yet corroborated) outdoor escapades in Buick, BC. Rick is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Charryll, their 3 children Jamie, Jennelle (Casey), and Daniel, two grandchildren, parents Jim & Sherilyn, sisters Lisa (Henry), Deidra, and Lynn in addition to his many in-laws, nieces, and nephews. Rick was a fearless adventurer, who often only trekked back into cell range to assure us he was fine – he had been a placer gold miner all over the hills and valleys of BC and Alaska since the 80s, he starred in a documentary reliving the famous Klondike Gold Rush traversing Yukon’s Chilkoot Trail, he was a member of the Nickel Plate Mine Rescue team, and proudly volunteered 22 years with Penticton Search & Rescue. If you knew Rick, you undoubtedly heard him say once, or many times, “Gee, I wonder where this road goes?” and before you knew it, you’d both know the answer. His life was wonderfully punctuated by his drive to explore and learn. Often a man of few words, Rick spared none to express his love for and pride in his family. Nothing made him stand taller than an opportunity to recount a cherished story of his immediate and extended family and friends, near and far. Rick’s strength, capacity, and determination made him the first call placed in a time of need for many; we are all better for having had him in our lives.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Penticton Search & Rescue


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From: Kettle Valley Memorial Services

The Kettle Valley Memorial staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lillian “BillieJo” Nesse-Pitts
Relation: Childhood friend

My heart goes out to your family, such a wonderful human being… One of the brightest lights I ever met. So sorry for your loss

From: Tammy Unruh
Relation: Childhood friend

So sorry for the loss of such a kindhearted sole.

From: Jean Kearney
Relation: friend

So very sorry for your loss. He was a truly wonderful and unique human. A family man through and through. Hugs to you all! xxx jean

From: Holly Bosscher
Relation: Friend

Charryll and Family: Our sincere sympathy on your loss. We all remember Rick as a kind, good man. Jason mentioned how he remembered Rick coming into his grade school class and showing them how to pan for gold – what excitement for all of them! “Memories are what we keep in our hearts and in that way those who have died are always with us”. Condolences from Holly, Jason, Krista and Blair Bosscher xox

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