Leonard Philip John Ortt (83), dear husband and father, passed away on May 6, 2014 in Calgary AB, with his wife Klara by his side. He was born on May 16th, 1930 in Grenfell SK, to Jacob and Wilhelmina (Herndier) Ortt.
Len and Klara married in Grenfell in 1952, and were happily married for 62 years. They farmed in Grenfell until Len moved the family to Kelowna in 1966. He built a successful construction business and after he retired, winters were spent in Arizona and summers back in Kelowna with the family. Len & Klara spent many hours enjoying their grandchildren’s activities in both Kelowna and Calgary. In their younger years Len and Klara were avid curlers and baseball fans. They discovered a love of traveling which started with a tent trailer, and progressed to flying all over the world. Len had a strong faith, and was very involved in his local church.
Len is survived by his wife Klara, and his five children: Diane Ortt (Steve Klimuk) of Calgary, Lois (Frank) Buckland, Gloria (Warren) Finch and Lawrence Ortt (Brenda Colvin), all of Kelowna, Glen (Susan) Ortt of Calgary. He also leaves his ten grandchildren: Alex MacKenzie of Calgary, David (Rachel) Ortt of Edmonton, Aaron Samson of Calgary, Julia Samson of Vancouver, Justin (Daygen) Finch, Kristy (Joel) Goertz, Eric (Sanja) Finch and Matthew Ortt, all of Kelowna, Erica Ortt and Jacob Ortt of Edmonton. He also leaves seven great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Leonard was predeceased by his brother Walter Ortt and sister Gladys Baber.
A celebration of Len’s life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 1162 Hudson Road, West Kelowna on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 2:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stoke Foundation. Condolences may be posted on Valleyview Funeral Home’s online guest book.