Due to revolutionary upheaval, John’s parents decided to immigrate to Canada in 1927, settling in Morden, Man. Except for a few years during WWII, John lived, worked and participated in public life in Morden. John and Martha’s marriage was filled with love, hard work, family and church. John was blessed with physical strength, and one of his great joys was to see the results of his work. He enjoyed good health until his first stroke in 2004. He recovered and things were well until Martha died after 62 years of marriage. In February 2013, John had a second stroke and was diagnosed with cancer. With support, he was able to return home and enjoy a good quality of life. He finished life with his strong faith intact.