John LOEWEN

LOEWEN; John

April 13, 1917 ~ December 23, 2015


It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, John Henry Loewen. He passed away peacefully into Glory and into the presence of his Lord on December 23 at the age of 98. Predeceased by his wife Helen (2000) and 6 siblings, he leaves behind his 5 children and their spouses: Howard Loewen (Irene), Paul Loewen (Annemarie), Elsie Schmidt (Vic), Dan Loewen (Lynn) and Dave Loewen (Val), 14 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. John was born on April 13, 1917 to Henry and Helena Loewen (nee Klassen) of the Neu-Samara Mennonite colony in Russia. He moved to BC from Saskatchewan in 1940 to look for work but ended up working in a forest camp on Vancouver Island during the war years. In 1944 he married Helen Reimer of Abbotsford. Two years later they purchased land from her father on Huntingdon Road in Abbotsford and farmed there until their retirement in 1976. Caring for his farm, family or the community around him provided him with a sense of purpose and fulfillment. In his retirement years he would often travel to visit family and relatives, regularly open up his home to guests, volunteer to build or fix things for others, and graciously support numerous causes. He was a humble, gentle and wise man who will be missed by many. The Loewen family would like to extend our appreciation to the staff at the Menno Home and at Tabor Court for their professional care, compassion and kindness over the past few years. A Viewing will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Road, Abbotsford. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the South Abbotsford Church, 32424 Huntingdon Road. Online tributes or condolences may be made at:

www.woodlawnfh-abbotsford.com

Woodlawn Funeral Home 604-853-2643