Our dear father and grandfather, John Hooge went to be with Jesus on July 17, 2005.
He was born in Orenburg, Russia on October 5, 1925. At the age of one year, his family immigrated to Canada (Kenton, Man.), then in 1933 moved to Greendale, B.C.
John married his sweetheart Lena in Greendale in 1946 and they were blessed with six children.
John spent his early years farming in Greendale and at the age of 30 (1964) began teaching in the Chilliwack School District. Over the years, he enjoyed all of his students and his many high school band programs.
After his retirement in 1983, John and Lena did extensive missions work in the Philippines and Hawaii and later John continued on in Japan, Brazil, Hawaii, Korea and many other countries. His heart was for the young and old of the nations where he shared the love of Jesus, using his music and teaching talents.
John is survived by four daughters, and two sons, Judi Reinhardt (Detlev) of Vernon, Don Hooge (Joan) of Chilliwack, Karen Janzen (Gary) of Langley, Glenda McConaughey (Scott) of Palmdale, CA, Jennine Czeck (Steve) of Chilliwack and James Hooge (Christine) of Stoney Plain, AB; and grandchildren, Jerry Reinhardt (Melanie) and Dan Reinhardt (Rebecca); Kevin Hooge (Jen), Trish Hope (Steve) and Jeffrey Hooge; Matthew Janzen (Tonya), Marcus and Jamie Janzen; Christine, Jonathon, Mary, Rachel, Elizabeth and Rebecca McConaughey; Rachelle, Joel and Erin Czeck; Kendall and Katie Hooge; great grandchildren, Robbie and Becky McGloin, Benjamin and Christopher Reinhardt; Allaryce and Tressa Reinhardt; four sisters, Mary Neumann, Lillian Klassen, Freda Friesen (Abe), Rose Brandt and one brother Mike Hooge (Mandy).
John was predeceased by his loving wife Lena, in 2002, his father and mother, Henry and Agatha Hooge, brother Harry Hooge and niece Gloria Hooge.
A celebration of Johns’ life will be at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at First Avenue Christian Assembly at 46510 First Avenue, Chilliwack, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Southgate Church missions program, his home church (Langley B.C.), would be greatly appreciated.