KLASSEN, John Robert
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John Robert Klassen entered the presence of his Savior with family by his side on November 22, 2012 at Bethany Care Center in Calgary after a lengthy struggle with a number of complex health issues. John was born to Benjamin and Katherine Klassen on November 29, 1932 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. John had a deep love for his Lord and Savior and his faith sustained him through his health struggles. He had a deep appreciation of the outdoors, sports and people. His leadership gifts and his ability to inspire people afforded him many opportunities to better the business, community, and church organizations he was privileged to be associated with. Above all, John loved his wife Ruth and his entire family with all his heart. They meant the world to him and knew the depth of his love for them. They were privileged to share some special and significant times with him during his last days. Those shared experiences have changed their lives. He will be lovingly remembered by Ruth, his faithful and loving wife of 59 years, daughters Beverley (Ken) and Karen (Dave), and sons Allan (Christine) and Michael. He is also survived by his grandchildren Joel (Helen), Carissa (Scott), Tanya (Greg), Chris (Coralee), Dustin, Zachary, Ty, Bella, Mikaela, and Ethan, six great-grandchildren, and sister Betty (David) Koehn. A Celebration of John's life will be held at Foothills Alliance Church (333 Edgepark Boulevard N.W., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The family would like to express their gratitude to the Staff of Bethany Care Center, SCU - 8th Floor for their care and compassion for John during his time there. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John's name to Bethany Care Foundation, 1001 - 17 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 2E5 (Attention: SCU - 8th Floor. Please specify your gift accordingly). Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.edenbrookcemetery.ca. Arrangements entrusted to EDEN BROOK FUNERAL HOME and RECEPTION CENTRE, 24223 Township Road 242, Calgary, AB (17 Avenue S.W. and Lower Springbank Road).
Published in The Calgary Herald from Nov. 26 to Nov. 27, 2012