Our Dad/Opa peacefully went to his heavenly home on October 15, 2016 at the age of 89. JOHN (JAN) SCHENK was born on January 6th, 1927 in Andijk, Noord Holland. He was the first of five children from Willem and Grietje Schenk. At the age of 23 he immigrated to Canada where he was reunited with his sweetheart, Wilma Bos, whom he married on May 18, 1951. They began their life together in Chatham Ontario and a few years later they moved to the Wyoming area where John and Wilma lived and raised their family of seven children. John worked hard all his life. He was a farmer at heart and enjoyed many years working alongside his son until he was unable to do so. John also kept busy; owning and working at “The Dutch Shoppe” in Sarnia, volunteering on different boards especially with what was then called the “Association for the Mentally Handicapped”. He had a passion for both his church and the Christian School, both of which he served faithfully.
John was the loving husband of Wilma (deceased 2005) and will be remembered by his children: Cathy Schenk (Steve Oughtred) of Huntsville, Margaret Hulshof of Bright’s Grove, Yvonne (John) Veenstra of Windsor, William (Diana) Schenk of Wyoming, Sharon (Sid) Bandstra of Terrace, BC, Barb (Glenn) Bandstra of Smithers, BC and the most special of all, Kevin Schenk of Sarnia. He will also be missed by his 20 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren with #16 due any day.
He also leaves behind his siblings: Morris, (deceased 2013) (Vicki) Schenk of Sarnia, Bill (Marguerite) Schenk of Sarnia, Grietje (Arie) Brouwer of Watford and Pete (Tina) Schenk of Sarnia.
Visitation will be at Needham Jay Funeral Home, 650 Broadway Street, Wyoming on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 pm.
Funeral services will be held at the Wyoming Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, October 22 at 11:00 am.