John’s parents died when he was young. His uncle Frank and aunt Louise Guenther adopted him, and they immigrated to Niverville, Man. In 1946, John moved to Yarrow, B.C., where he owned and operated an auto body shop. John was patient and kind, slow to anger, young at heart, and full of humour. He took time for everyone he met. John suffered a stroke in 2000, paralyzing his left side, and turning him from a quiet man to a talker. John told God, if God spared him, he would serve God the rest of his days. He was a constant prayer warrior, praying for each of his family by name 2 or 3 times a day. He desired that everyone would know God.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.