March 2, 1924 to Oct. 3, 2012
On Wednesday morning Oct. 3, 2012 our dear husband, father, grandfather (Pake) and great grandfather John Hiemstra joined his great grandchild Charlotte, his loving mother and many others in Heaven. A man of faith who taught his family to love God and others.
Born and raised in Holland on March 2, 1924, the second youngest of ten children. In 1946 he joined the Friesian Battalion where he served in Indonesia for three years. There he met the Huisman brothers, one of them his Sergent Ralph. On his return to Friesland Ralph introduced John to Riemke, his sister. John married Riemke in 1950 and two weeks later immigrated to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
After a year they were provided an opportunity to move to the Bulkley Valley where John worked in the lumber industry until he retired in 1987.
Family was very important to John. He and Riemke raised a family of eight daughters. The family has expanded to include eight sons-in law, 36 grandchildren with spouses and 33 great grandchildren.
Psalm 91:14, 15, 16
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord,
“I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Memorial services were held at Telkwa Christian Reformed Church Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 2 p.m. with graveside interment at 11 a.m. at the Telkwa Cemetery.
Donations may be given to the Canadian Bible Society, 10 Carnforth Rd., Toronto, ON, M4A 2S4.
The family thanks neighbours, emergency services, hospital staff and support care nurses for their wonderful care and compassion.
Seine fen de Heare