April 14th, 1928 – February 12, 2016

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Grandpa, Great Grandpa, uncle, brother, brother-in-law and friend, John, into the loving arms of his Lord, surrounded by his family.

Born near Winkler, MB, to George and Mary Klassen, John moved to Chilliwack in 1949. Married to Annette Harder in 1953, John was a quiet contributor to the community of Hope, BC where they made their home for over 50 years.

John was a long time plumber/gasfitter owning his own business in Hope for many years. A lifetime member of the Hope United Church he was also a Charter Member of the Hope Curling Club, Hope Golf and Country Club, Hope Lions, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Hope Legion. Predeceased by his wife of 55 years, and great granddaughter Charity. John is survived by sons Ken (Joy), Howard (Joanne), Brian (Patricia), Gerald (Pam), his beloved grandchildren, Sacheen, Sean (Nicole), Cristie, Tyson, Lance (Alison), Tyler, Ben, (Katy), Troy and Riley as well as greatgrandchildren, Gregory, Jordon, Zachary, Austen & Alexander. A Memorial Service will be held February 17th, 2016, at Woodlawn Funeral Home at 1:00 pm. A private family internment to follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers John’s family gratefully suggests memory gifts to a charity of your choice.

End of the Day

When I come to the end of the day and the sun has set for me,

I want no rites in a gloom filled room, why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little, but not too long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love we once shared.

Miss me, but let me go.

For this, a journey we all must take and each must go alone.

It’s all part of the Maker’s plan, a step on the road to home.

When you are lonely and sick at heart, go to the friends

we know and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.

Miss me, but let me go.

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