It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our youngest brother, John Lawrence Rypkema, in the Kelowna General Hospital on Monday, April 20th, 2015 at the age of 55 years, after a brief battle with cancer.
John was born in Salmon Arm, B.C. on May 6th, 1959. He grew up in Armstrong, B.C., later moved to Lavington and then finally to Vernon. John was employed at the Glass Plant in Lavington for approximately 30 years until it’s closing in 2008. He had been working as a security guard since then.
John is survived by his only sister, Petra Holmberg of Vernon, B.C.; his two brothers, Meindert Rypkema of Armstrong, B.C. and George Rypkema of Sicamous, B.C.; three nephews and one niece; along with other extended family in B.C., Alberta and the Netherlands. He was preceded in death by our Mom in 2003; and our Dad in 2004.
In respecting John’s wishes, he was cremated and there will be no funeral service held. Please remember this kind, good hearted man in your own way. He was taken from us far too soon and will be forever missed.
Cremation arrangements were made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 • 250-542-1187