Posted: April 5th, 2022


JOHN VAN ROON passed away at the St. Michael’s Health Centre on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

John was born on February 5, 1941, in Strijen, The Netherlands. In 1952, he emigrated to Canada with his parents and five siblings, and settled in the Iron Springs area. At age 18, he joined the RCMP and served for 26 years, mostly in the lower mainland of British Columbia, later in Lethbridge, including two years as part of the Musical Ride. After retiring, he took up farming where he never tired of cutting and baling hay, planting trees and spending time in the Quonset, which was full of auction sale finds and replacement parts, to which friends and neighbours were always welcomed. John sang with the Christian Men’s Choir and volunteered for many years at Young Offenders and thrift stores. He also loved to golf, twice scoring a hole-in-one.

He left behind everything he owned and those he loved and held most dear: His wife of 47 years, Elvina Mae (nee Nieboer); son Ken Van Roon (Julie Barr); daughter Darcy (Wes) Dyck; grandchildren Kaitlyn (Brian) Jenkins, Courtney (Santiago) Allier, Josh Dyck and Nathan Van Roon; great-grandchildren Oakley and Hanes Jenkins; brothers and sisters Casey (Heidi) Van Roon, Peter (Wilma) Van Roon, Riet Scheffer, Audrey Kolk, Anne Wichers, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families. He is also survived by Elvina’s family Will Nieboer, Joyce Doumeng, Carol Nieboer, four nieces, one nephew and their families.

John was predeceased by brothers-in-law Herman Scheffer, Albert Kolk, Cyril Wichers, Dick Doumeng, Raynold Nieboer and sister-in-law Twylla Nieboer.

John loved his Lord and was ready to meet him. His favourite bible verse was John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world that he

gave his one and only son,

that whoever believes in Him should

not perish, but have eternal life”


Dear man, how we will miss you.

A family gathering will be held at a later date.


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  1. Al Baldwin says:

    John Van Roon was one of the nicest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet and spend time with. He always had an awesome smile on his face and it made a person feel so good when you talked to him. Over the years anything I needed whether it was just general knowledge for myself or possibly something made he was there for me and I know the same for others. I spent some time with him during his last days and I know he was waiting to be taken home by Our Lord. Rest in Peace John.

    To his family left behind our family will share our prayers for you, please accept our condolences.

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