We Remember

Dovgalev, Jan

— November 20, 2011

Rev Jan Dovgalev went to be with his Lord and Saviour on November 20, 2011 at the age of 87.  Jan was born in Belarus, and married his wife, Maria in Germany in 1947, then immigrated to Canada in 1949.  Jan’s faith, his service to his heavenly Father, and his family were his life.  He pastored Russian Evangelical Baptist churches in Oshawa, Toronto, Calgary and Kelowna.  He ministered to others through his love of music, led choirs and small groups, and loved to sing duets with his wife, Maria.  His missionary spirit was demonstrated by church planting in Russia, supporting and directing orphanages in South America, distributing tracts, and witnessing to everyone he met.  For many years, Jan reached out through radio ministry that was broadcast locally and world-wide in the Russian language. Jan loved to venture into the great outdoors to go fishing, wild mushroom picking, and to enjoy God’s creation.  He encouraged everyone with his life-long motto to “Keep looking up” Jan blessed many lives, touched many hearts, and helped many establish a relationship with Jesus Christ in their lives.  Among the many who will miss him are three daughters, Anna (Don), Nellie, Irene (Gord), three sons Alex (Vera), Tom, Eugene (Marielle), eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his mother Domna, father Efim, sister Maria, brothers Peter, Adam, and Gregory, granddaughter Katie, and his wife, Maria.  Thanks to Dr. Hart, the staff at KGH, and the Hospice House for their caring support.  Visitation and viewing will be held on Friday between 7 and 8 p.m with a funeral service on Saturday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. both at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kelowna Gospel Mission, the Salvation Army, Billy Graham Evangelical Association of Canada or the Hospice House, Kelowna.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for Dovgalev, Jan is scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 10:00 am. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250-860-7077

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  • Mike and Ollie Proch says:

    To Jan’s Family
    Our sincerest sympathy on your loss.Mike and Ollie-Vickers Crt.

  • Claudia Dawe says:

    I am deeply saddened by the passing-over of your father. His presence will be truly missed as he was a pastor, mentor and friend to me. I will miss him. May God grant you and your family comfort during this season. We will “keep looking up”. God bless you Dovgalev family !
    Claudia (Jar) Dawe – Kelowna

  • Frank & Stella Poje says:

    We are very saddened by the passing of your father, Jan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Frank and Stella

  • Lena Petriv says:

    to the Dovgalev family. I respected your father very much and enjoyed his presence at EBC. My sincerest condolences to all of you, especially Nellie.

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