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John Goossen

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John (born Yvan) devoted himself to his Christian faith, which permeated every facet of his life. When John was 12, Chinese and Russian officials arrested his father; the family didn’t know his status until he returned 2 years later. As a teen, John had to dig graves for both his sisters. He was forever grateful to MCC for bringing his and Irene’s families from China to Canada in 1948. He cherished the freedom and security Canada offered him after his youth under the oppression of Communism. After retiring from millwork at 63, his second occupation was with MCC, where he worked until his final months – his way of saying thank you. John drew great pleasure from woodworking, playing the mandolin, camping, mountain climbing, hang gliding and working on cars. He enjoyed an active, healthy life until the last month, during which he drew his family close and received much comfort from his many friends.

  • Birth: June 11, 1926
  • Birthplace:
    Alexanderkrone, Molotschna, Russia
  • Death: October 11, 2016
  • Parents:
    Nikolai F. & Agatha (Letkemann) Goossen
  • Married:
    Irene Wiebe, Apr. 22, 1951
  • Family:
    Irene; children Heidie (Murray), Walter (Joyce), Erwin (Pamela), Ruth (Erwin); 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren
  • Church:
    Bakerview MB, Abbotsford, B.C.
  • Baptism:
    Gem, Alta., June 12, 1949