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“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.”

—1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

It is with great sorrow that the family of John P. Rempel announces his peaceful passing after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was received into glory on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at the age of 64, with his wife and children by his side in the comfort of his home in Stratton, Ont.

John was born on Jan. 3, 1954 to the late Cornelius and Eva Rempel in Chihuahua, Mexico. He immigrated to Stratton in 1972 with his family.

He was baptized upon the confession of his faith in Christ in his late teen years and became an active member of the Christian Fellowship Chapel of Stratton, where he served faithfully through the years as a youth leader, Sunday School teacher, and deacon.

His life was marked by faithfulness to God, his wife and family.

He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Sara Thiessen, on June 14, 1975. This union of 43 years was blessed with three children, Laura, Steven, and Sabrina.

John's entrepreneurial spirit led him to open Great West Service & Repair LTD. in 1986 in Stratton. His dedicated and exemplary service resulted in loyal customers, many of whom became good friends.

He was known for his dry humour, honesty, and ambition. As a result of his generous and self-giving nature, he was loved and respected by many. His quiet and unassuming influence forever will be remembered and missed in the lives of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

He was predeceased by his parents, Cornelius and Eva Rempel; and his brother, Dave Rempel.

His faithful legacy forever will be cherished in the lives of his wife, Sara Rempel of Stratton, Ont.; children, Laura Rempel of Okotoks, Alta., Steven Rempel of Stratton, Ont., and Sabrina Rempel of Okotoks, Alta.; sister, Netja (Cornelius) Wiebe of Mexico; brother, Neil (Helen) Rempel of Aylmer, Ont.; sister, Eva (Klaas) Wall of Steinbach, Man.; sister, Elena (Ken) Wiebe of Kleefeld, Man.; sister, Justina (Phil) Friesen of Emo, Ont.; sister, Marie (Charlie) Morken of Stratton, Ont.; sister, Tina (George) Friesen of Fort Frances, Ont.; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A visitation service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont., followed by a celebration and remembrance Service on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo.

If friends and family so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to Grace Mission Inc., P.O. Box 339, Oak Lake, Man., ROM 1PO ( or The Gideons, P.O. Box 3619, Guelph, Ont., N1H 7A2 (

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