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John Peter Franken

April 7, 1948 - December 29, 2021

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In the morning on December 29, 2021 John Peter Franken was welcomed into heaven and able to meet his Saviour, Jesus Christ face to face after a courageous battle with renal cancer. He was 73 years old at the time of his passing. John Peter (Jan Piet) was born on April 7, 1948 to John & Ann (van den Berg) Franken in Bandoeng, Netherlands East Indies (currently Indonesia), the oldest of 3 children. In 1950 his family moved to the Netherlands, and in 1953 the family emigrated to the United States and settled in the Seattle, WA area, where John spent the majority of his childhood. On December 26, 1973, John married his beloved wife, Sandi (Sandra) Groothuis of Sumas, WA, and they just celebrated 48 years of marriage. Shortly before being married, John moved north across the U.S. border into British Columbia, Canada and began his teaching career. For over 40 years, John dedicated his life and teaching skills to Christian education, having taught at Christian schools in Abbotsford, Houston, Kelowna and Smithers, BC. His longest service was in Smithers at Bulkley Valley Christian School. John, Sandi and their 3 children (Cedric, Jodi & Kristin) moved to Smithers in 1986, and it was home for many years. In their retirement,
John & Sandi ran a small Bed & Breakfast called Chickadee Acres out of their home in Smithers. John loved chatting with all the folks travelling through, offering them a glass of BC wine, and directing them to the best wildlife and birding spots. John was passionate about all things nature and God’s creation. He was a bird enthusiast to the core, loved to fly fish (especially for steelhead) and enjoyed taking hikes all over the Bulkley Valley. John was a world traveler and loved to read and talk about faith, politics and the environment. Creation care was a topic near and dear to his heart. Throughout the years, John was very involved in several local CRC churches.  In the spring of 2020, John and Sandi moved to Elim Village in Chilliwack, BC. John enjoyed having new hiking areas to explore in the Fraser Valley. At the end of 2020, John was informed his renal cancer was back and had metastasized into his bones. His last Christmas was spent surrounded by his whole family making memories for them to share and celebrate in the years ahead. John is survived by his loving wife Sandi and children – son Cedric and wife Kate of Hull, IA | daughter Jodi and husband Kevin of Cloverdale, BC | daughter Kristin and husband Brian of Valley Springs, SD | plus 5 grandchildren (Emma, Jonathon, Michaela, Lucas, Kendra) – and siblings Robert Franken and Irene Helgath. John’s life touched so many people throughout the years – it is hard to name them all. He will be missed dearly by his family, friends and many more that knew him near and far.

MEMORIALS

As many of you know, John loved mountain bluebirds. He placed bluebird boxes all over the Bulkley Valley, keeping records and managing them for many many years. When John moved south to Chilliwack, the Bulkley Valley Naturalists took over managing the boxes.

In lieu of flowers, we would love donations to be sent to the Bulkley Valley Naturalists. They will be doing a bluebird box building program this year and will use all donations in John’s name to purchase materials for this project in memory of him.

Mail cheques to: (Memo to Mountain Bluebird Project)

Bulkley Valley Naturalist
9210 Snake Rd
Smithers, BC
V0J 2N7

For an online donation, go to A Rocha Canada. They are working closely with the Bulkley Valley Naturalists in the Northern BC Programs and will direct all funds to the bluebird project. A Rocha is able to give a tax deductible receipt if desired. Here is the link: https://arocha.ca/portfolio-items/nature-centre-houston-bc/

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From: Jan Kurth
Relation: neighbour

John and Sandi lived across the hall from me at Elim, and were parked next to me in an extremely tight parking spot. Luckily he always had Sandi to help navigate. I so admire John’s quiet perseverance throughout his battle with cancer. He picked up his canoe when the border finally opened, and made custom roof racks to carry it, always a smile and kind word. He will be missed so much, but I am so thankful he is in heaven, hopefully hiking and canoeing in God’s beautiful heavenly creation.

From: Vic and Nancy Schkade
Relation: Our daughters’uncle

May the Holy Spirit, our Sweet Comforter, be with your family now and in the days to come. Our prayers are with you.

From: Patricia Lorane Klym
Relation: Colleague, neighbour, friend

Sandi and families. My first memory of John was as a colleague at BulkleyValley Christian School. It soon became apparent that we had children in the same class at school. Cedric and Pamela. Then we learned that we were practically neighbours. I always appreciated that John and Sandi allowed us to ski through their land, through the Black Forest, and evening all the way to Call Lake. They accompanied me many times on various ski trips. John built and placed two birdhouses at the bottom of our property and checked them regularly. How thrilling it was to see the blue birds each year.
Thank you to the children for putting the service together today. It was truly amazing 🙏🏼. I watched part of it live and then the rest of it just now! John’s legacy lives on here in the Bulkley Valley. God bless you all. Patricia Klym and Eric Becker

From: Corney & Esther Goertzen
Relation: Friend

Our deepest condolences to Sandi and the family. You, Cedric, Jodi and Kristen, may remember us as the parents of Dawn (Goertzen) Grasmeyer. I have fond memories of working with both of your parents in the school. In 2001, I resigned from my position as librarian at the high school and we went to the mission field with Wycliffe Bible Translators to Papua New Guinea. We had to raise our own support and John and Sandi became monthly supporters of our ministry with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 10 years. We became reacquainted after our return to Canada in 2011 but did not see each other that often. We were deeply saddened to hear the news of John’s passing. I just finished watching the memorial service, it was very well done and a great tribute to your Dad! May you feel the love and comfort of our Heavenly Father at this time!

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Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
January 7, 2022
Beginning at 2:00pm

Location:
https://youtu.be/fXmHP1EdGi0

CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE

Friday, January 7 @ 2PM

Live Stream Link:

A small service will be taking place in the lower mainland. Covid restrictions have made things a little more difficult. If you would like to attend the in-person service, please contact one of John’s children (Cedric, Jodi or Kristin) for more details.

Memorial Gifts

MEMORIALS

As many of you know, John loved mountain bluebirds. He placed bluebird boxes all over the Bulkley Valley, keeping records and managing them for many many years. When John moved south to Chilliwack, the Bulkley Valley Naturalists took over managing the boxes.

In lieu of flowers, we would love donations to be sent to the Bulkley Valley Naturalists. They will be doing a bluebird box building program this year and will use all donations in John’s name to purchase materials for this project in memory of him.

Mail cheques to: (memo to Mountain Bluebird Project)

Bulkley Valley Naturalist
9210 Snake Rd
Smithers, BC
V0J 2N7

For an online donation, go to A Rocha Canada. They are working closely with the Bulkley Valley Naturalists in the Northern BC Programs and will direct all funds to the bluebird project. A Rocha is able to give a tax deductible receipt if desired. Here is the https://arocha.ca/portfolio-items/nature-centre-houston-bc/

Thank You Notice

MEMORIALS

As many of you know, John loved mountain bluebirds. He placed bluebird boxes all over the Bulkley Valley, keeping records and managing them for many many years. When John moved south to Chilliwack, the Bulkley Valley Naturalists took over managing the boxes.

In lieu of flowers, we would love donations to be sent to the Bulkley Valley Naturalists. They will be doing a bluebird box building program this year and will use all donations in John’s name to purchase materials for this project in memory of him.

Mail cheques to:

Bulkley Valley Naturalist
9210 Snake Rd
Smithers, BC
V0J 2N7

For an online donation, go to A Rocha Canada. They are working closely with the Bulkley Valley Naturalists in the Northern BC Programs and will direct all funds to the bluebird project. A Rocha is able to give a tax deductible receipt if desired. Here is the link: https://arocha.ca/portfolio-items/northern-bc-programs-2/

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