John Jacob Loewen died Oct. 23, 2010. He was born Dec. 18, 1920 in Molotschna, Ukraine to Jacob and Anna Loewen. The family came to Canada when John was 4, settling in Crowfoot and later in Gem, Alta. John learned to play the accordion, violin, mandolin, banjo, and guitar. He was also choir leader in Vauxhall (Alta.) MB Church. John accepted Christ as Saviour at 14. He had a passion for Christ, a strong sense of justice, and an unashamed witness. John married Tina Thiessen Mar. 27, 1949, and raised 6 children on the farm, first in the Circle Hill district near Vauxhall and then in Enchant, Alta., where they attended an Evangelical Free Church. He had a great love for young people. Hunting, fishing, and camping were his hobbies. John’s words of encouragement in Columbia Assisted Living, where he and Tina spent the past 4 years, had people wondering if he had been a pastor. John is mourned by Tina; children Linda Stewart, Betty (Gordon) Reed, Judy (Henry) Klassen, Joyce (Steve) Dennis, Dorothy (Bryan) Bennett, Robert and their families; 7 siblings.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.