After the gift of 96 years of life, John went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Predeceased by his first wife Sara (1970) and by his second wife Hennie after 45 years of marriage in 2015. John immigrated to Canada in 1952 from his family homestead of Nolde in the Netherlands. John acquired his Masters degree and taught as a professor at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto. Providing well for his large family, dad was gentle, soft-spoken, thoughtful and kind. A voracious reader of everything and a meticulous record keeper. Methodically giving to the poorest of the poor and many other charitable organizations close to his heart throughout his entire life. Exemplifying Christ's love thru him. John's foot print on this earth was minimal to say the least. His love of gardening most evident on his front lawn. Flowers and vegetables that sustained him through the winter. John leaves behind his 12 children to grieve his loss: Magda (Jake)Binnema, Rink Duiker and (Josie DeSalvo), Len (Chris) Duiker, Maryke (John+) Suceska, John (Angeline) VanArragon, George (Lisa) VanArragon, Joyce (John) Ouwehand, Henry (Kim) Duiker, Paul (Kathy) VanArragon, Linda (Rob+) Jorey, Suzanne (Wayne) Spronk , Fred (Cyndi) VanArragon
Also mourning his loss are 34 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren, a sister in the Netherlands, nephews and nieces.
GALATIONS Chapter 5 VERSE 22 exemplifies the way John lived his life:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law.
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