It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Darren Wayne Rutschke at the age of 31 at his home in Abbotsford, BC. He was born on May 22, 1975 in Edmonton, Alberta, with his life beginning in Chilliwack at age 2. As a young boy, Darren learned from his father to nurture a passion for fishing and camping. It was at the age of 9 that his parents bought their first computer, which he enjoyed more than anyone. He could spend hours typing in a program just to see a happy face appear on the screen momentarily. Darren attended Chilliwack Senior High School and it was during that time he started working at Kentucky Fried Chicken. He met his wife Michelle at age 24. She was a neighbour living in the building where he rented his first apartment. They married two years later in a beautiful backyard wedding at her mother and step-father’s property in Ryder Lake. Darren and Michelle welcomed Angela into the world two years later, with Kendra and Evan shortly to follow. The past four years of his life have been spent as a devoted and loving father to his children. His family, parents and siblings were the greatest focus in his life. He loved camping, fishing, tending his aquariums, going to Mill Lake Park and Greater Vancouver Zoo with his family. He cuddled with and read to his children often. Darren enjoyed playing online games where he communicated with a global network of friends who knew him by the name of “Kindred”.

Darren was predeceased by his sister, Shelly Lynn (1972), Grandpa Patrick O’ Hara (1973) and Grandpa William Rutschke (1984). The magnitude of his loss ripples through the lives of many who came to know and love his gentle, thoughtful spirit. His wife Michelle and children, Angela (4), Kendra (3) and Evan (18 mo) mourn the loss of a husband and father of great character. He will be deeply missed by his best friends and parents Wayne and Doreen, sister Crystal (Kulwinder) brother Clayton (Crystal) and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation made in trust to Darren’s children 6322704/9032 TD Bank.

Cradled Souls

When our lives resemble shades of grey

And our spirit’s weighted down,

When we search our hearts for solace

And intangibles can’t be found,

When we ache to have the answers

Before the deadline nears

May we stop….be still … and quiet till …

Our heart speaks loud and clear

Live beloved, without a doubt

and let your fears subside

May the Word of God guide you

through your journey far and wide

The days are long, the roads are many,

Opportunites await!

To live your life with kind intention-

To cultivates your faith!

So begin to visualize your dreams

Bright and full of color

Begin to fill your precious heart

With love and child-like wonder

Begin to walk by faith alone

Though answers aren’t in sight

Awaken love! To hear His whisper

Each day and every night

All will awaken when He calls

To find eternal peace

Something that was never lost

But promised while you sleep.

Crystal Price

Having hope in God’s promise will see us through this deep sorrow Memories of you dear Darren will be in our hearts until the day we can rejoice in your presence

John 5:28,29; Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21;4,5; Romans 6:23; Romans 15;4; Acts 24:15

A service of remembrance will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at 1:00 pm at Henderson’s Funeral Home, 34537 Marshall Rd., Abbotsford with Reverend Trevor Walters officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Henderson’s Funeral Home

(604) 854-5534

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