John grew up near Landmark, Man. As a youth, he worked on a farm, on a lumber camp, in road construction and at Bergmann Meats. John and Elizabeth enjoyed farming together, picking blueberries and travelling to the U.S., Ontario and Moose Lake, Man. He was a member of Steinbach (Man.) MB Church for 50 years. Most of his time was on the farm with his family, which he found rewarding. John was a gentle man; a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather; and a dedicated servant of God.