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April 25, 2015


It is with deep, profound sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, Dad, Grandpa, and brother. Joe is survived by his wife, Karin, daughter Donna (Bruce) Kraakman and son Ken (Linda); brothers Wim (Pacita), Hank (Pauline), Gerry (Sharon); sisters Eefie Eden and Gerda (Bob) Phillips, and sister-in-law Shirley Appeldoorn. Surviving also are grandchildren Clarke Appeldoorn and Jacey, Jenelle, and Joel Kraakman. Joe was predeceased by his brother, Bill, and grandson, Reid. Joe was born in the Netherlands, son of Willem and Heintje Appeldoorn. The family came to Canada - Terrace, BC - in 1948, when Joe was 12 years of age. In 1954 the family began dairy farming in Abbotsford. Joe met Karin and they married in 1960. They moved back to Terrace where the children were born. Joe began his career in trucking and bulldozing in Terrace, a career that spanned 35 years. In 1968 he moved his family to Mission where he carried on and became well known within the construction industry as a competent, proficient operator. Joe took great pride in his reputation and integrity involved in his business. He had an 'old school' work ethic. In his leisure time, Joe enjoyed fishing, family camping trips, winters in Arizona, gardening, and 'tinkering' in his workshop. Joe was also so very proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. In 1994 Joe and Karin retired to Armstrong where they made their home for 19 years. In 2013 Joe and Karin moved back to Abbotsford to be closer to family. In spite of Joe's ongoing health issues, Joe's strong will enabled him to enjoy his later years. He will be in our hearts, with love, forever. We ask in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Salvation Army. A celebration of his life was held on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Cascade Community Church, 35190 Delair Road, Abbotsford, BC. Online condolences to the family may be made at:

Woodlawn Funeral Home 604-853-2643

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