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KOOP – John

September 28, 1923 – April 21, 2011

John Koop, beloved husband of Marjory Koop of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2011 at the age of 87 years.

John was born in Kleefeld, MB on September 28, 1923 to Jacob and Anna Koop, the fourth of an eventual eleven children. He grew up on the farm and moved to Winnipeg as a young adult. In World War II he served in the forestry service and as a hospital orderly. He attended Elim Chapel, studied at Winnipeg Bible Institute, trained as a printer and prepared to become a missionary.

In 1950 John went to Ethiopia with SIM (Serving in Mission, formerly Sudan Interior Mission) and worked to establish the mission’s printing operations in the country. On October 30, 1952 he married Marjory Schmucker, a missionary nurse from the United States. They had three children, Sandra Jean, Douglas John Allen and Julene Marjory. John and Marjory continued their work with SIM in Ethiopia for thirty years, serving in various capacities, mostly in printing and church development. In 1980 they were transferred to Toronto to work in the media department of SIM, where John served as business manager. They found a church home at Parkway Bible Church. They retired from full time work in 1990, and soon moved to Calgary to be near family, which now included five grandchildren. They found a second family at Varsity Bible Church. John’s gentle character, steadfast faith and hospitable spirit endeared him to countless friends scattered throughout the world.

“By faith, John Koop served wherever he was led. His encouragement to others was light to the world.”

Funeral Services will be held at Varsity Bible Church (4807 Valiant Drive N.W.) on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes will be gratefully accepted by SIM Canada, 10 Huntingdale Blvd, Scarborough, ON M1W 2S5, Tel: 416-497-2424, www.sim.ca or by the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. www.ab.lung.ca.

In living memory of John Koop, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Eleanor and Marge :

    Dear Marj and Family:
    Our hearts go out to you in love and prayer during this difficult time. John was a good and faithful servant and we know he has entered into the joy of His Lord. May God strengthen and comfort you during these difficult days ahead. Even in the valley, He is there, and we pray that you will experience His presence in a special way.
    Love and prayer,
    Eleanor and Marge

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  2. Catherine Strong and Ted Reutlinger :

    What a huge and sad “bump on the trail” this is for your family. We send our love to the Koop family, especially our dear friends Sandi and Lorne. One of my favorite stories in the memoir is the one about John Koop walking his baby daughter Sandi around and around the tiny living room, trying to calm her colic. It seems that throughout his life, John brought wonderful calm and caring to those around him. We send our love and wish we could ease your grief.
    Catherine

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  3. Robin and Barry Hicks :

    To our beloved friend Marj.
    Our love and prayers are with you. We have so valued your friendship and prayer support over the years. We first met you in Ethiopia about forty years ago. We have been blessed by knowing you both. You will miss your dear husband very much and we pray that the days ahead although often lonely will be blessed by the Presence of your Lord.
    We will meet again.
    Robin and Barry Hicks.

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  4. Jim & Sandy Snell :

    Dear Marj and family,

    We were sorry to learn of John’s passing from this earth but rejoice that he is with the One whom he loves. He was a special man and it was a privilege to know and work with him at SIM Canada. We send you our love and sympathies and are praying that the service tomorrow will be one of victory and blessing to the family and to your friends. May God fill you with His peace and comfort now and in the days ahead.

    With our love in Christ,
    Jim and Sandy Snell

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  5. Ferdinand Funk :

    Dear Doug and family,
    May the peace of Christ surround you at this time of saying “farewell”. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With love,
    Ferdinand & Hedi Funk, Winnipeg

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  6. Peter @ Winnie Barkman :

    Dear Marge and family,
    Our love and prayers are with you. May you find strength for each day.

    Love, Peter & Winnie

    ,

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  7. Jeff Whitaker :

    Dear Marj and family,

    My name is Jeff Whitaker and I am serving at Calvay Bible Church in Kalamazoo. Many of us here are praying for you in these days. Surely, there is deep joy in knowing that John is with the Lord he loved and served so well here – but such sorrow in being separated from a man so loved. May you know our Lord’s deep comfort in these days.

    In His Love,

    Jeff Whitaker

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  8. Sonshine Community Services :

    Dear Marj,

    From your friends at Sonshine Community Services, please accept our condolences, thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort and peace in the arms of The Father.

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  9. Jacquie Shand :

    Dear Marj,

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. We know he is in a better place now. Thanks for all that you have continued to do for Sonshine – you are a special neighbour indeed. (And I will hopefully see you again at the Sept. Pink Parade.)

    Jacquie Shand

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  10. Joe & Phyllis Smith :

    Dear Marj, Our thoughts are with you & our prayers for you are for comfort & peace, knowing one day you will be with John again. He was a humble, godly man for whom we had great respect & love.
    May God bless & comfort you & your family.
    Joe & Phyllis Smith

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  11. Dear Aunt Marj and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find comfort and peace in these difficult days ahead. I will remember Uncle John for his soft heart, gentle soul and kind spirit.

    Love and prayers,

    Brenda Koop

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  12. I’m thankful for the legacy your dad left from all those years in Ethiopia and in Canada’s SIM – and of course what emanates from you – a great a godly foundation – precious in God’s eyes is the passing of His saints.

    Blessings on you all — Lorna

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  13. John Stackhouse :

    Thanks for sharing this tribute with us, Doug. What a loss to miss this excellent man.

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