In Loving Memory Of

John Henry Warkentin


January 17, 1923 - August 14, 2012

 

John’s life began in the Mennonite village of Zagradovka, Ukraine during troubled times. He was born on January 17, 1923 to Peter and Margreta Warkentin. After two years of political turmoil, the family immigrated to Canada. After arriving in Saskatchewan, they soon continued on to Linden, Alberta, where John began his school days. Responding to the drought of the early 1930’s, the family moved north to LaGlace. In 1937, the family settled in Lindbrook, near Tofield. John grew up surrounded by a family of Christian faith. As a young man he learned that he could trust God, and he made a personal decision to walk with Jesus Christ. He found there a faithful Lord and constant companion for his entire life. Annie Nachtigal, also of Tofield, caught John’s eye, and they were married on April 25, 1948. Together, they established their home in Lindbrook. Their land was tough, mostly hills, sloughs, and bush. They worked hard to make ends meet, farming 120 acres and milking twelve cows. A plow, a cultivator, and a new tractor made farming seem promising, but in 1954, John decided to take a job in Edmonton. He drove a cement truck first for Underwood’s and then Edmonton Transit Mix. During this time in Lindbrook, John and Annie saw their family grow, beginning with twins in 1949, quickly followed by five more children. In spite hardship, the family remembers these years as times of love and happiness. In1964, John and Annie decided to try farming in a new area, settling in Goodwin, near DeBolt, Alberta. The hail storm of 1976 brought disappointment. From this time on, John supplemented the farm, working away from home, first for the Department of Public Works and then the Bridge Branch. In his retirement, John returned to farming, finding deep satisfaction in working with his sons. Throughout his life, John’s greatest treasure was caring for the people he encountered. He faithfully gave of himself to the local church, and encouraged his family to know God and to walk with Him. On August 14, 2012 at the age of 89 years, John breathed his last, leaving this world to be with His Lord. John is predeceased by his parents and his daughter, Anne Esther (1949-63). He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 64 years, Annie Warkentin; his children, Peter (Sharon), Ed (Dawn), Lorraine (Gerald), Dave (Helena), Don (Gayleen), Calvin (Lynette) twenty-two grandchildren; and twenty-two great

 

Dear Warkentin family, What an inspiration John, and you too Annie, was to me... his faithfulness to his Lord, his encouraging smile, and running life's race with consistency and finishing well! He will receive his crown of righteousness! To Him who is able to keep you from falling... Love to you all, Lorraine Funk

posted by Lorraine Funk, : Aug 17, 2012

 

Mrs. Warkentin and family, My heart goes out to you after learning of the loss of your loving husband and father. I can only imagine the grand reunion there was in heaven when John and Anne met once again after almost 50 years. Dad sends his greetings as well. May God richly bless you during this time.

posted by Gordon Wittenberg, Sherwood Park : Aug 20, 2012

 

Thanks for being good neighbors to my parents. They needed your support.

posted by Bill Hildebrand, Calgary, Alberta : Aug 21, 2012


 

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