JOHN VAN ROON passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Thursday, March 31, 2022 at the age of 81 years.
John was born on February 5, 1941, in Strijen, The Netherlands. In 1952, he emigrated to Canada with his parents and five siblings, settling in the Iron Springs area. At age 18, he joined the RCMP and served for 26 years, mostly in the lower mainland of British Columbia and later in Lethbridge, including two years on the Musical Ride. After retiring, he took up farming where he never tired of cutting and baling hay, planting trees and spending time in the quonset, which was full of auction sale finds and replacement parts, to which friends and neighbours were always welcomed. John sang with the Lethbridge Christian Men’s Choir and volunteered for many years at Young Offenders and MCC & Mission thrift stores. He also loved to golf, twice scoring a hole-in-one.
He left behind everything he owned and those he loved and held most dear: his wife of 47 years, Elvina Mae (nee Nieboer), son Ken Van Roon (Julie Barr), daughter Darcy (Wes) Dyck, grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Brian) Jenkins, Courtney (Santiago) Allier, Josh Dyck and Nathan Van Roon, great-grandchildren, Oakley and Hanes Jenkins, brothers and sisters, Casey (Heidi) Van Roon, Peter (Wilma) Van Roon, Riet Scheffer, Audrey Kolk, Anne Wichers, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. He is also remembered by Elvina’s family, Will Nieboer, Joyce Doumeng, Carol Nieboer, four nieces, one nephew and their families.
John was predeceased by brothers-in-law, Herman Scheffer, Albert Kolk, Cyril Wichers, Dick Doumeng, Raynold Nieboer and sister-in-law, Twylla Nieboer.
John loved his Lord and was ready to meet him. His favourite bible verse was John 3:16:
“For God so loved the world that he
gave his one and only son,
that whoever believes in Him should
not perish, but have eternal life”
Dear man, how we will miss you.
A family gathering will be held at a later date.