John Evert Houtstra

April 23, 1946 - October 21, 2022
October 24, 2022 11 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with profound sadness that the family of John Evert Houtstra announces his peaceful passing on October, 21 2022 at the age of 76 years old. He was surrounded by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Joanne. Dad is survived by his 4 girls and their spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren - Shauna & Randy Stawnichy, with children Brendan & Ashley, Ryley, Tanner and Toria - Traci Franko, with children Mason & Cheryl, with great grandchildren Alivia and Emmylou and Madison & Curtis - Annette & Daryl Slobinyk, with children Mackenzie & Coleton, Hunter, Reagan, Cooper and Hudson - Tamara and Prescott Franko, with children Colbey and Londyn.

He was predeceased by his parents John and Grace Houtstra, as well as sisters Janie and Dixie.
John will be forever remembered for being the toughest man, with the biggest heart. He loved hard and was loved harder. He was the rock of his family, that he was more than beyond proud of. He is already missed more than imaginable. Our hearts are broken.

John (Jan) was born in Heerlen Netherlands on April 23, 1946. He was the second child of 10 children. He came to Canada when he was 5 years old. He loved being Dutch and having 4 little Dutch girls. Those who knew him, knew that his family was his world. Dad would say "we did good," referring to the amazing family he built. The love from all of us was dad's pride and joy. Dad will be remembered for his passion of racing pigeons, driving his truck and hanging out with the gang. Watching his sports on TV or challenging mom with game show answers. Dad was filled with hope and loved by many.

Dad was so thankful for the amazing care given by Dr. Flanagan and everyone involved in his care to allow him to stay at home through the toughest time of his life battling cancer.

Your wings were ready to fly, but our hearts were not ready to let you go.

We invite you to join us to celebrate his Memorial Service at Maranatha CRC. 11905- 47 street Edmonton, AB October 29, 2022 at 1100 am.

We will be honoured for everyone to join us for a Celebration of Life and a luncheon following the service. We will be sharing stories, videos, laughs and tears about our Big John. Details on location to follow. Please contact family members for information.

Memorial Donations may be made in honour of John Houtstra to Alberta Birds of Prey
Or to the family to help contribute to a Commemorative bench, that will be place in Beverly, in honour of him. e-transfer

  1. I am so saddened to hear about Johns passing. He was a definitely a character and Mike and I are so grateful he came into our lives over 22 years ago. He always made us feel like family and the love shared between you all was felt by all that have the privilege to spend time with your family. Our hearts are heavy.

    –Carlene and Mike

  2. To the entire family of John Houtstra, sending my sincere condolences 💐, love, thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time. May John Rest In Peace 🙏

  3. Remember the memories, I know there are Soooo many to enjoy. Take care, remember he’s still watching over you and loving everything you do.

  4. Sincerest condolences from The Dental Team on 118. Our hearts and prayers are with you and the families at this very difficult time. Find solace in each other and the many memories with your husband/father and grandfather.

  5. Traci and family, My heart goes out to all or you during this sad time in your life. I was truly in awe with the bond and love within your family, and “DAD” being the rock..Traci, and I talked alot during our “breaks” and I could feel the love and happiness during your family gatherings.(shenanigans) He will be dearly missed ❤️ Loves last gift…Remembrance ❤️
    Sending hugs and prayers.

  6. I am so sorry !!! I so appreciated John’s love of family. He was so proud of all of you. Please accept or lie family’s condolences and prayers.

    The Muhlethaler’s

  7. Our condolences to Joanne and family.

  8. Joanne & Family.
    Maurice and I feel so bad, we didn’t know he was that sick.
    We loved him so much. We are here for you Joanne if you need to talk.

    Love you all,
    Maureen & Maurice Danilak
    We will Pray for All of you.

  9. I am so sorry Annette, to the whole extended Houtstra families, for your loss. Such a difficult time. My sincere condolences and may you all find some comfort in all the good and wonderful memories. Hugs, Marlene

  10. We loved this guy…..and it’s going to be hard not having him pop over….❤️. He’s flying high and just like his birds will always be circling close to his loved ones. Joanne and girls take care and if we can help in any way let us know.

  11. Dear Joanne and family
    We are so sorry to hear of your husband and Dads passing. We hope during this difficult time your fond memories of him will bring you some comfort. Our thoughts are with you Pat and Ben Szott

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