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Jacob Peter Schellenberg

December 26, 1928 - December 1, 2022


Jacob Peter Schellenberg was born on December 26, 1928 in Milden, Saskatchewan  to Jacob George and Helen Schellenberg (nee Krause).   At 1 year old his family moved to Rosemary, Alberta, where he grew up. He  had a sister Helen and a brother George.  At age 18 he moved to Abbotsford. Here his Uncle Abe challenged him about changing his rather wild lifestyle. He realized his need for Christ and received Him as his Saviour.  He met his future wife, Ruth Kropp, through his cousin who was taking a sewing course with her. They were married on August 16, 1951. He started working as a mechanic and in 1960 purchased a Shell service station in Clearbrook, which became Schellenberg Service and today includes Clearway Car and Truck Rentals. In the meantime, they had 6 children.  With a heart for children and their salvation, shortly after they were married, Jake and Ruth became involved with starting a Sunday School on Sumas Prairie. This became Prairie Chapel and Jake (and Ruth) took on many leadership and servant roles here. The children grew up here.   After taking an early retirement, he and Ruth also started getting involved with Helping Hands, with the ladies sewing blankets for local and overseas people, and Jake loading and also keeping the ladies’ sewing machines serviced. This developed into him servicing and repairing donated machines and shipping over 1000 sewing machines overseas to third world countries. He was still doing this 2 weeks before he passed away.  Jake was gradually getting weaker and after a short stay in the hospital, on Thursday, December 1, he departed this life to be with Jesus in heaven.

He leaves behind his wife of 71 years, Ruth, his children, Judy (and Albert), Sharon (and Wes), Jim (and Heather), Rick (and Elma), Gary (and Julie), and Lauri (and Tommy). He also leaves 33 grandchildren (including spouses) and 34 great-grandchildren, and his brother, George. Jake’s family honours and respects the example their father and grandfather left for them in a Godly heritage.


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From: Ron and Kathy Blair
Relation: Friends

Deepest sympathy! To all the family.
So thankful we were able to view the memorial service on line, was so special.
Knowing God will be your comfort and strength thru these tender days of this Christmas Season. Just imagine spending your first Christmas in Heaven with Jesus!!!

From: Barb & Brian Daudlin
Relation: Uncle

What a wonderful tribute given for Uncle Jake. Brian and I watched it live stream from Red Deer AB.
I am Jake’s brother George’s daughter. One of my fondest childhood memories is getting together with all my aunts, uncles and cousins every Easter and Christmas at my Grandparents home.
I don’t remember actually having any direct contact as a child with my Uncle Jake but my mental impression of him was that he always portrayed kindness in his demeanor and he was always smiling.
I was privileged to see him after many years last December when Albert brought him to visit my Dad for his 90th birthday. We enjoyed lunch together and he proudly shared his photo album from his family’s celebration that summer. It was great to see my Uncle Jake and my dad visit the afternoon away.
He was still the same man I remember; emanating kindness and smiling.

From: Les (& Lydia) Friesen
Relation: Good friend, satisfied customer and appreciative co-worker

Having been a long-time friend, customer and church co-worker with Jake, I can attest to his dedication to his customers and his devotion to his God.
Family, you along with our community have lost a saint! Peace to you all.

From: Phyllis Wiebe
Relation: good friend from long ago

I learned to know Jake and Ruth (and their older children, Judy, Sharon and Rick) when Dave and I moved to Sumas Prairie in 1958 to pastor the mission outpost there. Jake was like our big brother and took us under his wing to provide everything we needed, including encouragement. He and Ruth were amazingly helpful and wonderfully dedicated to the Lord and the work there, a real role model. I also ‘did the books’ for Jake when he took over the Shell station and needed some extra help. I could go on and on, because he was one of God’s choicest creations and was a very important part of our lives. Shalom to the children.

From: Dave Loewen
Relation: An admirer and acquaintance through West Abbotsford Mennonite Church.

I learned only today (Nov 2023) from Gary, that his father had passed away last year. I concur with other comments regarding this friendly disposition. As church historian at West Abbotsford Mennonite Church, I learned that Jake Schellenberg left large footprints on this earth. His tireless and significant investment of time and energy in both Prairie Chapel and Ootsa Lake Bible Camp cannot be overstated. He was truly a remarkable individual who has left an indelible mark on the lives of countless children. Sincere and belated condolences to the family.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
December 9, 2022
Beginning at 1:30pm

Prairie Chapel
1929 Interprovincial Highway
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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1929 Interprovincial Highway
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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