Mr. Leonard George Sulz passed away at his home in Malakwa on Tuesday, November 19 th , 2019 at the age of 87 years. A Celebration of Life, for the late Len Sulz will be held from the Malakwa School on Wednesday, December 11 th at 2 pm.
Len was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta on October 11, 1932 to George and Martha Sulz. He was raised on the family farm in both Shuler and Lousana, Alberta. Due to family hardship, Len went to work at an early age. The farm life was hard but satisfying for Len and his family. He learned to ride a horse at a young age and that lead to some time following the rodeo circuit. His foray into rodeo was a great adventure but ultimately hard on his body.
After numerous broken bones including his back, Len opted for a more sedate work environment. He worked for CN Rail during the day and then drove truck in the evenings, picking up grain from farmers, delivering to the elevator, and then travelling onto the coal mine and returning to the farmer with a load of coal. With the family’s move to Medicine Hat, Len continued to drive truck part time and then found work at Dominion Glass in Redcliff. His work in the glass industry led him to British Columbia in 1969 and onto Consumers Glass in Lavington. He and his family took up residence in nearby Vernon. After the dissolution of his first marriage, Len married Joleyne Platzer in July 1976 and added another son to his two existing children. Len and Joleyne resided in Armstrong, B.C. and Trochu, Alberta before settling in Malakwa 15 years ago. Len’s hobbies included farming, gardening, bowling, baseball, woodworking, camping, hunting and fishing as well as playing his guitar. He also served as the Revelstoke Farmer’s Market Manager for a term.
Len was predeceased by parents George and Martha Sulz, brother Bill, infant sister Olinda, brother-in-law, Lorne Bohnet; parents-in-law Bertha and Steve Platzer; sister-in-law Theresa Platzer and brother-in-law Roy Platzer. He is survived by his wife Joleyne of Malakwa; three children: Gary (Chrissie) of Revelstoke, Cheryl (Larry) Wehren of Targetville, N.B. and Stephen (Ji- Seon) of Delta; six grandchildren: Scott (Aimée) Sulz of South Surrey, Nathan (Amber) Sulz of Vernon, Jared Sulz of Courtenay, Christopher (Christina) Sulz of Moncton, N.B., Claire Platzer of
Delta and Aiden Platzer of Delta; seven great grandchildren: Elijah, Annalise, Samuel, Jacob, Kylie, Bryden, Kaleb and Kiera; three sisters: Doreen Bohnet of Calgary, Edna (Barry) Deering of Medicine Hat & Vivian (Ron) Grover of Medicine Hat; brothers-in-law Danny Platzer of Sicamous and Ben (Dolly) Platzer of Kamloops; sisters-in-law: Donna Platzer of Kenai, Alaska, Sharon Platzer of Winlaw, B.C., Judy Platzer of Sicamous and Kathy (Kevin) Platzer of Sicamous as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Messages of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting Len’s obituary notice at
Arrangements are in the care of his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Chrissie Sulz; Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.