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Rudy Gunter Kirrmaier

December 8, 1939 - March 22, 2019


Rudy Günter Kirrmaier

December 8, 1939 – March 22, 2019


Rudy Günter Kirrmaier was born on December 8, 1939 to Elsa (nee Gelz) and Gustav Wendelin Kirrmaier in the small town of Hockenheim, Germany. He was the oldest of four children.

As a child, Rudy loved to play outdoors and get into mischief with his friends. After eight years of school, his first job had him filling beer bottles and delivering them to masons on the job site. That’s when his love of beer first began!

In 1954 Rudy immigrated to Edmonton, AB with his mother and siblings, where they joined his stepfather, Willy Becker, who had left a year earlier. He spoke almost no English, had to lie about his age to get a job, and then became an apprentice electrician at age 16. He went to trade school and worked as an electrician until he retired in 1998.

Rudy met Hilde (1938-2017) in 1960 when she began singing in the German choir his mother had founded. They married on December 9, 1961, and had 3 daughters: Erika (1962), Ingrid (1964), and Heidi (1966). Rudy and Hilde were members of various German clubs in Edmonton and continued singing in different choirs throughout their lives. In 1969 they started dancing, and subsequently spearheaded and led the Bavarian Schuhplattlers of Edmonton for 18 years.

Rudy loved the peacefulness of being in nature, especially fly fishing and camping, and always enjoyed building and making things for the family. Together Rudy and Hilde built their first dream home in Edmonton in 1974. In 1999 they moved to Kimberley, BC and built their second dream home, this time in the mountains where they had always enjoyed spending their time. Grandsons Ranek (1992) and Kalev (1999) visited often.

As Rudy did not wish to have a large or formal service, a drop-in ‘happy hour’ for close friends and immediate family is being held at his house on Saturday, March 30 from 2-4 pm.


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Linda Dumkee
Relation: Family friend

On behalf of the entire Landstorfer family, I would like to express our deepest sympathy’s on your loss. Our families have shared many fond memories over the years.
Linda Dumkee nee Landstorfer and families.

From: Garry & helene Skelton
Relation: Family friend

Garry and Helene are sending our heartfelt condolences to the family
We met Rudy at Grey Creek and he has left a lasting warm memory
Our thoughts are with you

From: Yolande Boudreau
Relation: Friend

Our sincere condolences to Erika, Ingrid and Heidi. Don and I have known Rudi and Hilde for several years, here in Kimberley. What a lovely couple. Ich bin glücklich dass sie jetzt zusammen sind.

From: Rita Scherrer and Tom Portmann
Relation: Friends, we met when we moved to Cranbrook, through friends from Schuhplattlers in Edmonton

Our deepest condolences to you Girls and Family .Rudy was such an amazing friend always teasing about what beer to drink as Tom likes his light beer,and that was a No no for Rudy . 😀 A good German Beer you need in the fridge he says, and that i still have in the fridge, for Rudy to come and Drink with us .we will drink it in honor of him. May he enjoys all the best beer in heaven. <3 <3 <3

From: Anton&Marianne Schwabenbauer
Relation: Very good Friends IN EDMONTON

Family Schwabenbauer is Sending Our Deepest Condolence on the Passing of DearRudy we had many good Times as old Shuhplatlers Dancers And Friends.

From: Betty & Bob McAllister
Relation: Friends

Dear Erika, Ingrid, Heidi & Family,
We would like to extend our deepest condolences and share in your grief in the loss of your dad and Opa. He was a great man of patience and kindness. We have many fond memories that we will keep close in our hearts. Now your mum and dad are together again and they can sing and dance!.

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