John Kroeker died Jan. 3, 2011 at 92. He was born Oct. 10, 1918 in Landskrone, Ukraine to Sarah and Cornelius Kroeker. The family immigrated to Alberta in 1925, later settling on a farm in Alexander, Man. There he faithfully assisted on the farm and attended Robert Burns School when he could. He later took correspondence courses. During WWII, John was a conscientious objector and worked diligently as a farmhand. In 1944, John’s family moved to B.C., where John worked for Crown Zellerbach as a machine operator, printing boxes. In his youth, John was active at Union Gospel Mission, gathering children for Sunday school, teaching, participating in street singing, and visiting the elderly. There John met Helen Stobbe, and they were married June 30, 1956. They settled in Richmond, B.C. John’s passions were studying God’s Word and praying continually. He loved photography, camping, road trips, and collecting postcards. A member of Ross Road Community Church, Abbotsford, B.C., John served in church ministries throughout his life. John is mourned by Helen; children Paul (Carol), Ruth, Tim (Colleen), Eunice (Jeff); 7 grandchildren.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.