We Remember


October 30, 1936 — December 3, 2022


A Celebration of Life will be held on MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2023, at 11:00 AM (DST), at First Mennonite Church, 1305 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC.

If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.


Born October 30, 1936, in Lowe Farm, Manitoba, John Kroeker passed away on December 3, 2022, in Kelowna, British Columbia with his wife of 63 years at his side.

John is survived by his wife Grace; sons Gordon and Scott (Andrea); grandsons Miles and Max; sisters Emma and Marie; brother Alvin; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Cornelius and Evangeline; stepmother Margaret; brothers Abram, Ed; and sister Dorothy.

John was a Social Worker for the governments of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, as well as a private facility in Newton, Kansas. He was also a Pastor of Churches in Meadows, Illinois, Mountain Lake, Minnesota and Kelowna, BC.

Donations may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to thank the staff of Kelowna General Hospital Strathcona number 2 south for their exceptional care and attention shown to John.

If you wish to send a condolence, post photos, or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Condolences”.


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  • Art/Marge Hildebrand says:

    Sorry to hear about John’s death. We remember the good time
    we had with you some years ago. Condolences to you and the boys.

  • Armin Wiebe (and Lynne Martin) says:

    Grace, Gordon, and Scott, Lynne and I are saddened to hear of John’s passing. May your memories sustain you during this time of loss.

  • Carl/Ann Froese says:

    So sorry to hear that John passed away. May your good memories give you strength in your journey ahead.

  • Melanie and David Rabiroff says:

    Dear Scott and Andrea,
    We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of your dad. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him.
    David and Melanie Rabiroff

  • Claire(Clara Wiebe)Hunston says:

    How well I remember our Heabert School and the caroling we did in the snow at Christmas time., silver bells jingling while we crowded onto a two-horse sleigh and stopped at every farmhouse in the area, then ended up at the school for popcorn and hot chocolate. They were the best Christmases! Love to you all as you celebrate John’s life.

  • Phyllis Wiebe says:

    Grace, Gordon and Scott, Our family has so many great memories with you at The Pas, Winkler and Winnipeg.
    May the support of friends and family, the blessing of wonderful memories, and the comfort from God Himself keep you during this difficult time, Shalom!

  • Phyllis Wiebe says:

    Both John and Len had health issues for many years, so it was truly a relief when Len could finally be relieved from his pain and suffering. I trust that you can also find comfort knowing that John is finally at peace, thus lightening the intensity of your grief. May the wonderful memories you have of John, also help to ease the pain of his passing. Sincere condolences. Phyllis Wiebe (Cousin,….as I see the other Phyllis Wiebe name above that you know.)

  • Marie schmidt says:

    John & I are sorry John had to leave us so suddenly and we are grieving together with you Grace Gordon &Scott and your grandsons May God oomfort you knowing we will meet again .Love sister Marie and John

  • Sasha Bley-Vroman says:

    Sending love and light. The photo reminds me what a source of both John was, not to mention humor, empathy, understanding, and much more. Robert & I are so glad he was in our lives. And you too.

  • Jack and Irene Suderman says:

    Grace, Gordon, Scott: we are saddened by John’s passing, but are grateful for the full and active life he led. We have many fond memories of our times with you all. May God strengthen you all. We look forward to participating in the service via live-stream. Thank you for making that option possible.

  • Ona & Sandy says:

    What a beautiful service. John’s life was really amazing in all that he did and accomplished. We miss him greatly and hold you and your family in the Light. God Bless.

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