May 7, 1931 – July 22, 2003

John Kramer of Chilliwack, BC, passed away at home with his family at his side on July 22, 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer.

John is survived by his wife, Ann, his partner in life for 51 years; daugthers: Trixie (Fred), Marilyn (Charlie) Yolanda (Bruce), Annette (Steveo); sons: John and Steven (Karen). He has 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and also two brothers in Canada: Jerry (Joanne), Jack (Eileen) and three brothers and one sister in Europe.

Numerous relatives residing in Holland and many dear friends in Canada. John came to Canada in 1952 where he took up residence in Deroche, BC. He wanted to have his own dairy farm, so he first worked as a hired farm-hand on Nikomen Island and in 1960 his wish came true and bought his own farm in Sumas Prairie. He worked hard at this for 30 years.

John has a history of community service. In the early years, while living in Deroche, he was a member of the Hall Committee and was instrumental in raising the funds to have the Community Hall erected. Member of the Recreation Committee and became involved with sporting activities. After moving to his farm on Tolmie Road, he became involved in developing the Barrowtown Irrigation District, which continues to be a great boon to the farmers in the area. He was a leader of the Chilliwack 4-H Holstein Calf Club for 15 years and served as chairman of the 4-H Senior Council for four years. Through 4-H, he became involved with the Chilliwack and District Agricultural Society. He had served on this board for 14 years and had been president of the society for six years. He also served as local secretary for the F.V. M.P.C.A. as a director on the BC Holstein Branch and a director of the B.C. Association of Agricultural Fairs and Exhibitions.

In his free time, he enjoyed camping with his wife, Ann. They would take their fifth-wheel and head out to the Oregon Coast (their favourite) or through B.C. and the States. He also enjoyed travelling to unique places such as Costa Rica, Mexico, and Hawaii. He enjoyed his time with his family and friends and we will all miss him very much. We gratefully decline flowers, and if you would like to make a donation, please give to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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