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Eugene Van Iderstine

September 10th, 1938 - January 26th, 2023
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We are deeply saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Gene Van Iderstine on January 26, 2023, at Peace Arch Hospital.

Born on September 10, 1938, in Kimberly, BC, Gene was the son of Frank and Marguerite Van Iderstine and had six siblings, including Darryl, Ray, Geneva, Gloria, Albert, and David. During World War II, Gene's family moved to Prince Edward Island and later returned to settle on a farm near Wycliff, BC. It was there that Gene developed a passion for horses, owning and boarding up to thirty animals and providing saddle training for the local area. Gene loved to travel and explore the trails in the Cranbrook area on horseback, and he assisted his father in prospecting in the East Kootenay mountains.

Gene had a successful career in sales and management across the automobile, flight school, and glass industries. However, he was more than just a skilled professional; Gene was also a talented entrepreneur. He co-owned Langley Chrysler, owned a high-end shoe store called Cobbler's Bench Shoes, and ran a custom embroidery and promotional goods business, Saltayre Studio, with his wife Marilyn.

Gene was a man of many interests, but his greatest passion was RV travel as a member of the WBCCI Airstream trailer club, for 51 years. He was an owner of several Airstream trailers and was very active in the club, serving several times as unit president and in other executive positions. He and Marilyn participated in planning and hosting many rallies and caravans, and they attended several international Airstream rallies. Gene also enjoyed playing the guitar, being a member of the Elks, wood carving, karate, golf, and was a Scout leader.

Gene was married to Marilyn Van Iderstine, and had 4 children, Vincent, Lee, Elizabeth, and Anne. Gene was a proud grandfather of ten grandchildren and great-grandfather of three. In retirement, Gene and Marilyn travelled regularly in western Canada, Alaska, and the US Southwest.

Gene will be remembered for his zest for life and his love for travel and adventure. He was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


Merlin Beltain
February 25th, 2023

Sorry to hear so long after the event that cousin Gene has left us. The last time I saw him was the 80th celebration of Carl's birthday. We laughrd about how we mainly seemed to get together at Family funerals. Said we'd do better in the future. We didn't.

Really fine presentation of Gene's life. Please make sure to let me know when the memorial will be. Cheers

Ava Dean
February 25th, 2023

I'm so sorry to hear about cousin, Gene. He lived with us as a young man for a while and I always was so impressed with what he did with his life. He always strived to be the very best version of himself and succeeded admirably.

Beverley Robson & Eileen
February 19th, 2023

As newbies to the Airstream Club in 2019 we feel so privileged to have been a part of the "Kootney Krawl" which happened to be the last caravan that Marilyn and Gene organized. It was so enjoyable! How gracious and organized they were! What a beautiful tribute the family has written. We continue to learn new things about Gene. A life very well lived indeed.

Stewart Butt
February 19th, 2023

Gene was a special friend to my family and myself including my Dad and Brother.
I was fortunate to be mentored by in him in the car business
He will be missed by us all

Gerry and Judy Greth
February 19th, 2023

We treasure our memories of Gene - a great friend. He, along with Marilyn, taught us how to be Airstreamers. His positive attitude and knowledge will long be remembered, but mostly, that smile!

Alex & Arlene Matches
February 18th, 2023

A true friend and wonderful travel buddy, Gene will be missed. Condolences to his family and his many close friends.

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