John slipped away quietly in the early hours of February 7 at the Third Crossing Manor in Gladstone. Predeceased by his wife Anne in 2004, John leaves: 1 daughter Angela, 2 sons; Warren and Dwight (Koreen) plus two precious grandsons Nathan and Connor. All keep John’s memory in their hearts.
John was born into a large farm family on July 22, 1927 in the Altona area of southern Manitoba. He and Anne Buhler married on July 25, 1954 and farmed in the Altona area until 1966 when the family relocated to Plumas after purchasing the Carl Buschau farm.
Farmers never really retire, especially when the farm remains in the family, which was the case with John. He went from full time farming to farming with his oldest son Warren. Later Dwight also joined the family farm and so it continued with the 3 men. As time went on John became more of a part time farmer, assisting his sons, slowly stepping back from the day to day tasks and concentrated on running for parts. By his mid eighties, John’s main task was driving the boys between machinery and fields as required. When he hung up the farming hat, John traded that one in for a Toronto Blue Jays cap. Though not always satisfied with their performance…he grudgingly remained a fan! During the winter he was an avid curling fan – thank goodness for sports channels!
John’s grandsons, Nathan and Connor were his greatest joy. As John was more of a home body, the boys regaled Grandpa with stories of their hockey and baseball games. It can also be said that more than a few loonies changed hands for goals/runs scored and/or saved! Both Nathan and Connor had many a sleepover at Grandpa’s.
On July 25, 2017, just 3 days after celebrating John’s 90th birthday at his home in Plumas, he moved into the Third Crossing Manor. All staff became John’s ‘TCM family’, showing him humor, care and compassion during his residence.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army, Box 548, Neepawa, Manitoba R0J 1H0