John J. PIPKE

PIPKE

John J. Pipke was born at home on a farm near Hatton,

SK on August 10, 1917. While he was still a small boy his

family fled drought and moved to Holden AB., where he

lived and established his own farming operation. Here, he

married ANNA FROELICH on June 28, 1942. Together

they had 4 boys, GORDON, ROLAND, ELWOOD, and

MORRIS. Over his lifetime, John farmed in Eckville,

Castor, and High River, with the majority of his career in

Bashaw where he raised purebred HEREFORD cattle

with his son Elwood. He and Anna then retired to nearby

Ponoka in 1985 where he actively enjoyed many hobbies

such as ice fishing, curling, Skip-Bo, and trading vehicles.

He was an avid bowler, and was involved in many

tournaments in Central Alberta. He always enjoyed the

Ponoka Stampede, the parade, and the gardening

competition, and John and Anna won BEST SENIOR

GARDEN many years running. His last move was to Unity

Saskatchewan to be closer to the family farming operation

of Elwood and grandson JS. John was predeceased

by Anna in October, 2008. Cherishing the memory of John

are his four sons: Gordon of Vancouver BC, Roland of

Calgary AB, Elwood of Unity SK, and Morris of Vancouver

BC; 2 daughter-in-laws Sharon and Eileen; 5 grandchildren,

9 great-grandchildren; brother William Pipke (Elsie) of

Chattam, ON, sister Rose Wegenast (Reinhold) of Killam,

AB, sister Clara Wegenast of Killam, AB, sister Katie

Dargatz (Lloyd) of Chilliwack, BC and sister Olga Hurum

(Lawrence) of Holden, AB.


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