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DeBruyn, John Godfried
November 29, 1958 - January 11, 2019
Service:Tuesday, January 22, 2019
2:00 pm
A Memorial Service for John will be held at the Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 3936 AB Hwy 598 East, Rocky Mountain House, on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Interment:  Pine Grove Cemetery
Notice:  Interment will take place at the Pine Grove Cemetery, Rocky Mountain House, on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 1:00 PM Memorial donations in John's name made be made to the Rocky Christian School Society


DeBruyn, John Godfried
We regret to say that John Godfried DeBruyn passed on very suddenly to be with his Lord and Saviour on January 11, 2019 in Rocky Mtn. House.
John was born on Nov 29, 1958 to Arie & Dien DeBruyn in Rocky Mtn. House, AB. John grew up on the farm and after graduation worked a few years on the rigs. Being a rig hand proved to be too rough of a lifestyle for John. After asking Karen to be his wife, he settled on the family dairy farm, and there he worked for his Dad. They were blessed with three lovely daughters Terah, Deanna and Carmen. The farm was bought off of his Dad in 1984. There he continued to grow and improve the farm. Beef cattle were added to the equation and the farm became officially DeBruyn Cattle Co. ltd. John loved his job so much and thought of 16 hour days as a terrific non-stop vacation. He loved to share the excitement with friends and family. There were many special jobs to share with the girls as well as nieces and nephews. In April 2008 their daughter Deanna and husband Hendri became their partners and brought four daughters along. Later two sons were added to their family. Terah and her husband Siemen farm nearby and also have three daughters. All of these nine grandchildren were John's joy beyond measure. John took on teaching the grandchildren the true value of hard work and determination as a great privilege and pleasure. Their youngest daughter Carmen was also a very big part of John's life. She lives on the farm and has worked side by side with him for the past four years. He really encouraged her to pursue her creativity and artistic flare. He went to great lengths to make this happen as he got her to paint a mural covering the entire wall of his shop displaying his love for classic Chevys. Times John and Karen left the farms were spent visiting family and friends or to take in a classic car show/ swap meet. He packed his 60 years with lots of valuable non-stop activity. There was never a dull moment spent with John. We all feel he was taken too soon, but take comfort in the knowledge of God's grace and mercy which John faithfully passed on to the following generations.
He leaves to mourn his loving wife of 38 years, Karen DeBruyn; children Terah (Siemen) VanderMeer, Deanna (Hendri) Hondebrink and Carmen DeBruyn; grandchildren Esther, Hailey, Natalie, Lorraine, Wyatt, James Hondebrink, and Whitney, Rosalynn, Vanessa VanderMeer; brothers Peter (Trudy) DeBruyn, Jim (Margo) deBruyn, sister-in-law Wendy DeBruyn; sisters Valerie (Barry) Beukema, Marjorie (Mike) VanVugt, Jackie DeBruyn, Tammy (Dean) Sauder; brother and sister-in-laws (Ken) Trudy Salomons, (Barrie) Margaret Bouwman, (Don) Linda Routley, (Byron) Edith Sutela, John (Nancy) OpdenDries, (Scott) Rose Campbell, (Ken) Joyce Sewell, Dave (Sherri) OpdenDries; as well as Aunts, Uncles; cousins, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
John was predeceased by his parents, Arie and Dien DeBruyn; George and Emmy OpdenDries, Chris DeBruyn, Lynn DeBruyn, Doreen Toews and Jonathan Konynenbelt.
A Memorial Service for John will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the Covenant CRC in Rocky Mtn. House at 2:00 pm. Rocky Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial donations can be made in memory of John to the Rocky Christian School Society.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626


Tom & Margaret Towers:
Karen and family, Know that our thoughts and prayers are with your at this time. May the peace in knowing John lived life doing what he was passionate about and was able to pass along this love of the land to his family who wish to carry the legacy to the next generation. He was a blessed man and will be missed by all who knew him. Take care of yourself and may we see you at a gathering soon.
James and Gerry Hoeksema and family :
So sorry for your loss Karen our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now and in the coming days.
Dawn & Donn Mason:
Thinking of you all at this especially difficult time; with sincere condolences.
Fanny Kuipers:
Dear Karen We are remembering you all in thought and prayer ,going trough this difficult time . Case & Fanny Kuipers
Byron Sutela:
Rest in peace my chevy brother, I will miss you dearly, I will always cherish the memories we had together.
Darlene and Derk Opdendries:
Dear Karen and Family, We send you our deepest sympathy in the passing of John, who sounds like he was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather to all of your family. So sudden, so tragic, so young. We pray that God will hold you close in His loving arms and bring you comfort and strength in this difficult journey that you have to walk without John. May God bless you and keep you, surrounded in His loving care.
Marlene and Leonard Levinsky:
Saddened to hear of John’s passing. Wishing you all peace and wonderful memories. Our condolences to all of the family.
Carol konynenbelt:
So sad with your loss of your best friend, dear Karen. You and your family will always hold a special spot in our hearts. Thoughts and prayers from our family.
Rennie and Tina Klugkist :
Dear Karen and Family
Our deepest sympathy to you with the sudden passing of John. May God give you strength and comfort in this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Harry & Debbie Tensen:
Our sincere and deepest condolences Karen and family.
Tim and Carolyn Clow (Scholing):
During times of loss we find ourselves troubled by things we do not understand.There are no answers to comfort your grief, only God's everlasting love, peace and comfort and the precious memories you have. We are praying and thinking of all at this time.
Sjoerd and Annette Kalma:
Dearest Karen and family, We are so shocked and saddened to hear about John’s sudden death. We ask God surrounds you with his amazing love as you walk through these difficult days. I have such fond memories of John and we will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers!
Andrea Verhoef (De-Knar Dairy):
We are sad to hear about John's sudden passing. Our condolences to you and your family for your loss.
Ralph & Elsie Mamchur:
Karen, we are so sorry to hear about John's death. You are in our hearts and prayers. We cannot attend the funeral as Ralph is in Brandon at a Trade Show. We will definitely send a donation to the Rocky Christian School Society in John's name.

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