Henry Helmer Olund

May 22, 1952 - December 20, 2023

In Loving Memory

Henry Helmer Olund

Henry Helmer Olund was born May 22, 1952, in Vernon BC. Henry lived in Enderby all his life and passed peacefully at home on December 20th, 2023. 

Henry will be dearly missed by his wife of 43 years Laurie, their three daughters: Shawna (Michael), Renee (Daniel) and Britteny. Their sixteen grandchildren: Cheyanne, Tyson, Emmersen, Brodie, Dexter, Isabella, Lexi, Mason, Brunelsia, Lyla, Morgan, Koston, Darvens, Pyper, Knoxx, and Blaire. Nephews Gerry (Janice) Larson and Jim (Theresa) Larson. 

Henry was raised beneath the Enderby Cliffs. In his younger years Henry worked road construction and drove logging truck. Henry travelled the province for years as a truck driver for BC Hydro. Raising his own family here in Enderby was always eventful. Henry’s girls kept him busy with school events, sports, 4h, and cross-country skiing. Henry enjoyed time on the lake and river, appreciating both family and friends.

Henry always enjoyed camping when the family was young, and in retirement years we travelled a little further with the RV. Heading south as far as Arizona, travelling to northern BC and venturing into Alaska over the last 10 years. 

Henry showed his love through actions and serving his family, quietly going about doing whatever needed to be done. A service of Remembrance will be held 1:00pm Saturday January 6, 2024, at the Enderby Chapel – 708 Mill Street.

Arrangements entrusted to

Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services 250-546-7237

Condolences may be expressed to the family by phone or email through Cypress Funeral & Cremation Services:

T: 250-546-7237

2980 Smith Dr,
Armstrong, BC V0E 1B1

E: [email protected]

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Comments: 14

  1. Debbie Pipkey (Hill) says:

    Laurie and family
    So sorry to hear about Henry passing
    Such a great guy and so happy when he talked about all of you
    My condolences
    Love Debbie

  2. Gillian Stanley says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Henry’s passing. I always remember him as a gentle and good guy.
    I was happy to read about all the happy years he has had as both a father and grandfather. Gone to soon, for sure.
    My thoughts are with all of your family.
    Rest in Peace, Henry.

  3. Larry and Sandra Stowards says:

    Henry will certainly be missed. I went through all the school grades in Enderby with Henry including the last years in Salmon Arm. We used to chum about doing mainers down town, Vernon winter carnival etc. Later jobs called me away for 30 plus years . But occasionally we bumped into each other at School reunions, the Legion , and church activities. Condolences to Laurie and all of the family, and friends.

  4. Kirk & Myrna Garner says:

    Laurie & Family,
    Our most deepest condolences Laurie
    to you and your family at this very sad and difficult time. Henry was a long time friend great guy and will be surely missed.
    Kirk & Myrna Garner

  5. Kirk & Myrna Garner says:

    Laurie & Family,
    Our most deepest condolences Laurie
    to you and your family at this very sad and difficult time. Henry was a long time friend great guy and will be surely missed.
    Kirk & Myrna Garner

  6. Henry Olund from Stig Alund says:

    Henry was the second youngest of the 25 cousins of Johan Petter Alund, from Sweden. Henrys father, Gust Henning, emigrated from Sweden to Minnesota, US, with his three brothers in the 1920´s century. But Gust Henning after some years went on to British Columbia. The others – Eric, Helmer and Sven – stayed i Minnesota. I met Henry some times during the last 35 years: We – the Swedish part of Henry´s family – tried to convince him and his family to visit Sweden and to see the places where his roots are. We are sorry that it wasn´t possible to complete that goal. But we are sure that Henry hade a lot of warm feelings about his history. All correspondence during the last decades – mostly done by his beloved wife Laurie – underline that he never forgot his distant relatives in the US and Sweden. We will miss Henry very much and send our condolences to his famiy,

  7. Stig Alund says:

    I´m not sure that my message som days ago went through. I can´t see it in the comment list. I try to repeat it. The Swedish part of Henry´s family (5 cousins and many second cousins) send condolences to Henry´s family – Laurie, daughters with husbands and grandchildren. We know that Henry had good feelings about his Swedish roots. We are sorry that we couldn´t realize our plan to take him and Laurie around Sweden, to se the places from where his father Gus Henning Olund came. But we are so glad that we met in British Columbia som times during the last decades.

  8. Greg and Mitsi Schulte says:

    Our deepest condolences to the whole Olund family. Our hearts are with you in this sad sad time. Such a nice man with a gentle nature , he will be surely missed. Cherish all the wonderful memories he has left you with <3 <3

  9. Ruth and John Haak says:

    Hello Shawna and Michael,
    We enjoy following your family and reports that are found on fb. We are proud to call you family too!
    We want to express our sympathy at the loss of your father and grandpa of your children.
    We pray that you will experience God’s peace and comfort.

  10. Stig Alund says:

    Sorry, I tried to leave my comments twice but I can´t see if I was successful in sending it. I try again.
    Henry was my cousin. Henry´s father Gus Henning was an older brother of my father, Ragnar. Gus and three of his brothers emigrated from Sweden in the 1920´s. My father and three brothers and two sisters stayed in Sweden. Since the emigration there were regularly contacs between the brothers and sisters. Between the 26 cousins in Canada, USA and Sweden the contacts started when all our parents passed away. And the last 40 years we correspond with each other, and a couple of times we met in real life.
    In 1991 Henry and Laurie together with half brother (step brother) Harold and his wife Barb, organizesd a cousin reunion in surroundings of Enderby B.C. For us (me and my daughter Karin) it was a lovely event with a lot feelings and joy.
    During the years we talked about making a trip through Sweden for Henry and Laurie, to visit the places where our fathers grow up. We didn´t succeed in that excellent idea. But I´m convinced that Henry had a lot of god feeling about his roots and that he transferred those feelings to Laurie and their big family.
    The Swedish part of our family send our deepest thoughts to Henry´s family and hope we can continue our relations.

  11. Ove and Berit Dahlgren, Sweden says:

    Our deepest condolances to you Laurie and your daughters with family and Gerry and Jim Larson.
    We had a wonderful time with you and Barbara and Harold when we visited you in Enderby for four days in September 2005. It was also very nice organized days for us to see fine places around you. We also have got so
    many nice photos from you in Easter and Christmas so we could see how your family was growing and also a lot of pictures from your excursions. We are so glad that we have met you.
    We still are thinking of you with warmth. We remember some words that Henry told us when it only was you
    Laurie and us: ” I am a Canadian in my head, but a Swede in my heart”. We remember Henry as a very nice man.

  12. Ken Flodstrom says:

    Henry Olund Was My Uncle From Falkland BC❤️❤️❤️

  13. Phyllis Jorgensen says:

    Condolences to you and your family Laurie, may your beloved husband, father and Grandfather rest in peace and shine down on you all 🙏 Hugs

  14. Virginia and Heinz Strobl says:

    Dear Laurie and family
    Our deepest condolences to you,Laurie and the family.
    Also my apologies for the lateness of this note. We were away in Vietnam until mid March and encountered some unexpected issues on our return.
    We didn’t know Henry well, but on our few times meeting him, we liked him instantly. A quiet, unassuming person, we understand how you loved him, Laurie.
    We no longer Dragonboat, but hope to see you again one day.
    Virginia and Heinz

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