April 28, 1929 – Dec. 19, 2010
Richard (Dick) Molzahn passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 19 at Mill Site Lodge.
Richard immigrated to Canada from Germany in 1951. He arrived in Halifax knowing no English, but managed to make his way by train to his uncle’s farm in Manitoba where he worked for a short while. His sweetheart Wilhelmine (Minnie) Denker arrived from Germany. Then, encouraged by his distant relatives, the Olms, they moved to Vancouver so Dick could pursue his trade as a machinist. Dick and Minnie were married in Vancouver on August 23, 1952.
While working in Vancouver, Dick was sent to repair the hoist in the service station at 70 Mile. Dick liked the area and convinced Minnie to move to the Cariboo. He leased and then bought the service station. He built and ran the hardware and building supply store, ran a septic tank pumping business and a water truck. While Dick was a hard worker with many talents, he also enjoyed the social aspect of living in a small but active community. During the slow times at the service station, some of the locals would gather in the garage to play darts. The loser bought the coffee.
After retiring, Dick and Minnie continued to live in 70 Mile. Sadly, Minnie passed away on April 12, 2000. With the support of Home Care workers, friends and the local businesses, Dick was able to continue living in 70 Mile until he went into care two years ago. For the last 20 months Dick has been very well cared for at Mill Site Lodge in 100 Mile.
Richard is survived by his sister Agnete (Lotte) Beyersdorf, Minnie’s brothers Dieter and John Denker and Minnie’s sister Mariechen Glander, and all their families. He will also be missed and long remembered by his many good friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the 70 Mile Community Hall on January 15, 2011.
100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd. entrusted
with the arrangements. 250-395-3243
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.100milefuneralservice.com