When John was 5, his family emigrated from Russia, settling first in Mexico, then in Canada in 1928. John accepted Jesus as Saviour in 1938. He trusted God for grace, strength and daily guidance. John met Helen in 1941. They farmed 3 years in Minto, Man., then in B.C. At Matsqui MB, John served in building maintenance and as treasurer. After 1975, at Central Heights, John continued to offer his skills. John was a hard worker, managing numerous occupations at one time. He had an energetic love for life and loved his family dearly. John enjoyed camping, playing and watching sports and having family home for dinner. In retirement, he also developed his woodworking craft. John and Helen enjoyed life together at Menno Terrace, Abbotsford, for 3.5 years before her death. John’s children have strong memories of him kneeling by his bed in prayer.