John Jacob Kehler, passed away on Saturday, March 13, 2010, in Surrey, BC. Born in Glen Ewen, Saskatchewan on June 3, 1929. Predeceased by his loving wife Henritte L R Kehler on March 15, 2006. Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep, soulfully wishing to be reunited with his wife Hetty whom he missed dearly. Dad was a loving, devoted father, who worked hard to support his large family of four children throughout his younger years. He was also a caring grandfather, his greatest joy being family. He was a strong advocate of children, always offering to help, never wanting to see them suffer or go without, especially his grandchilden. Dad resided at the Kinsmen Place Lodge in Surrey for his last four years, his kind and endearing nickname at the lodge being “family man”. He was an avid photographer, he had a large collection of family photos and other family historical data which he loved to organize and document with photos, dates and events. Dad was a carpenter by trade, built houses from the ground up, his pride and joy being the family home he built on 132 St in Surrey. There, he spent his most joyful years, with more than one family member’s wedding taking place there, and enjoying his grandchildren visiting. Everyone loved to hear Papa’s funny stories and anecdotes. His other love was hockey, never missing a Canucks game on tv or radio. He was a man with strong principals, as a father, instilling a solid sense of inner values and moral principals to his 4 children, but guiding in a firm and loving way. He will be sorely missed by his children Betty (Keith) from Tulameen, Shirley (Howard) of Langley, Curtis, and Tom (Brenda) of Surrey. Also his 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, the newest addition being twin boys born recently on March 10th to Grandson Chris (Candice) of Langley, BC. We would like to thank the staff at the Kinsmen Place Lodge for their kindness and dedication to our father. He thought the world of them, they supported him with care and love and we can’t thank them enough. Memorial services will be held at the Valley View Funeral Home located at 14660 – 72 Ave., Surrey on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 10:30 am.
View photos of the John Jacob Kehler Memorial Service Here.