John Warkentin

January 29, 1923 ~ April 28, 2007

John Warkentin was born in the Rural Municipality of Stanley on January 29, 1923. John passed away at Boundary Trails Health Centre on April 28, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Anne (nee Dyck), his three children Bonnie Warkentine; Richard Warkentine (Trisha), and their children Sean Warkentine (Andrea) and Jenna Warkentine; and Darlene Klassen (Ed), and their children Vanessa Groening (Trevor), Robyn Loutchan (Kyle), and Kara Klassen; and one great-grandchild, Claira Loutchan. He was predeceased by his mother, Elizabeth Heppner, in 1989. 

Johnny grew up in Waldheim and attended the Valleyfield School as a boy. He liked to tell people he had a “grade 8 University education”. In his mid-teens he and his mother moved to a farm in the Glencross District. John and Anne were married on November 30, 1951 and lived on that farm for twenty years where they raised their children. 

Johnny took University and drafting courses by correspondence prior to and during the establishment of his own business. Late in life he attempted to learn computer drafting but stuck with Computer Solitaire and Hearts. He had a great sense of humour, was interested in and curious about everything and read voraciously. He enjoyed debating theological issues and had very strong political opinions. He had a fascination with all things mechanical and a special love of aviation. His main hobby was building all types of model airplanes including radio controlled models. His children remember their father and his cousin chasing a model plane with “a mind of its own” for a mile across a neighbour’s field. Other interests included building steam engines and model boats, and playing the bass guitar. 

Johnny worked for a number of years as a farmhand for his uncle, Tony Hoeppner; as an electrician with Henry Loewen; and as a lathe operator and welder at Standard Gas Engine Works which is now Farm King/Buhler Industries. In 1962 he established his own manufacturing business, Stanley Manufacturing, now known as Intersteel Industries. His major product for years was a sunflower harvesting attachment with exports primarily to the United States, and some to Chile and Sudan. His product line also included harrow drawbars, cultivators, rock pickers, rotary mowers, lawn sprayers, hog scales and waste bins. 

Johnny served as a school board trustee of the Glencross School, board member of Threshermen’s Museum, and on the building committee for Christian Life Centre. 

Anne and her family would like to thank you for your prayers and support. Johnny’s faith was very important to him. Thank you to Pastor Weldon Yeo for his spiritual guidance and loving care of John, especially for being with him and his family the evening of his death. The family extends a very special thanks to Dr. Gord Zacharias for his understanding, respectful and compassionate care of John. Gratitude is also extended to the staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre, staff at Agassiz Medical Centre, and Morden Homecare especially Rick Peters. A very special thank-you to Trevor Groening of Doyle’s Funeral Chapel for handling the funeral arrangements. 

Johnny was deeply loved by his family and will be greatly missed. 

Funeral service was held on Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Christian Life Centre, Morden, with Pastor Weldon Yeo officiating. Interment followed at the Hillside Cemetery, Morden. 

Memorial donations in memory of John Warkentin may be made to Empower Ministries, 48 Alliance Blvd., Suite 104, Barrie, ON, L4M 5K3. 

Doyle’s Funeral Chapel, Morden, in care of arrangements.

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