Louis Gerald STEEGSTRA

STEEGSTRA, LOUIS GERALD

February 28, 1935 – October 11, 2008


On October 11th, Louis was called into the presence of Jesus. Louis’ life reflected the verse from 2 Timothy 1:12 “I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed.” His departure from this earth was labored, but his arrival will be a heavenly sprint. Born February 28, 1935 in Groningen, Netherlands, he immigrated to Canada at age 18. While plant manager of a Fraser Valley cannery, he met his wife, Mary. Subsequent to studies at Canadian Bible College in Regina, he returned to the Vancouver area and entered the life insurance industry, which eventually expanded to Calgary. In 1996 Louis moved Parity Agencies Ltd. back to the Fraser Valley to be closer to children and grandchildren. In response to extensive business growth, Louis prepared a succession plan, inviting his daughter Jolene to assume the role of group benefits specialist, and son Kevin as Certified Financial Planner. Throughout this transition of passing the baton, he continued to faithfully serve the pastors and congregation of Sevenoaks Alliance Church.

Louis’ greatest pride was his family. Predeceased just eight weeks by his grand-daughter Andrea, Louis leaves behind the love of his life and wife of 52 years, Mary (Reimer), five children, thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren: Marlowe & Karen Steegstra (Nathaniel, Ariel, Micaiah, Axel, Mahalia, Anastasia), Kevin & Barb Steegstra (Abeni, Caleb, Riley), Glendine & Tim Skagen (Tiffany & Jason Key (Isaiah, Payton, Annika, Audrey), Brittany & Deon Bodill (Ezekiel, Gideon)), Bentley & Stella Steegstra (Andrea, Rachelle, Casandra), Jolene and Bob Friesen.

A Memorial Service will take place at 1:30 p.m. on October 20, 2008 at Sevenoaks Alliance Church, 2575 Gladwin Road, Abbotsford, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to: Christian & Missionary Alliance, Global Advance Fund, 30 Carrier Dr Suite 100, Toronto ON M9W 5T7 or Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, Palliative Tertiary Care Unit., FVHC Foundation 32900 Marshall Road, Abbotsford BC V2S 0C2 (604) 814-5190.

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