Mr. Jacob Hoogendoorn, beloved husband of Hendrika Hoogendoorn passed away at Hospice House and went to be with his Lord on June 12, 2004 at the age of 82 years. Besides his loving wife, Jake is survived by his sons John (Geri) Hoogendoorn of Wrentham, Alberta; Ben (Willie) Hoogendoorn of Abbotsford,B.C. and daughters Jacqueline (David) Hartgerink of Red Deer, Alberta and Helen (Kevin) Gutknecht of Vernon, B.C. 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Jake is also survived by 2 brothers; John (Jean) of Agassiz, B.C. and Simon (Lucy) of Abbotsford, B.C. and by 5 sisters, Coby of Surrey, B.C., Anne (Harry) of Abbotsford, Tena (Henry) of Abbotsford, Alice (Henry) of Abbotsford, Mary (George) of Abbotsford, 3 sisters-in-law, Audrey of Holland, Gertrude of Agassiz, B.C. and Shirley of Chilliwack as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jake was predeceased by his parents, 3 brothers; Nico, Tim and Tony and by his brother-in-law Dick.
Jake was born in Holland on May 13, 1922. With his wife and son John, he immigrated to Abbotsford, B.C. in 1949. There he worked on farms for 4 years and during this time Ben and Jacqueline were born. In 1953 he together with his wife, started dairying on their own; first in Sumas Prairie and then in Agassiz where Helen was born. In 1970 the family moved to Lumby, B.C. to start their beef cattle ranch in partnership with son John. He retired in 1993 due to health reasons, but continued to give his all where he could. Throughout lis life, Jake gave endless hours of his time to many agricultural organizations including 4H dairy clubs, Dairyland Board of Directors, B.C. Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors, plus many loval organizations. Jake loved working with cattle, ploughing the soil, growing crops and he especially loved driving cattle on horseback. His entire life gave evidence of his love for the Lord and for his family. As a new immigrant, Jake was involved in beginning new churches and Christian schools in the lower mainland and later he was instrumental in the planning and development of Vernon Christian School. In the last days of his life, Jake was privileged to tour the new Middle/High school campus at Vernon Christian School – his dream come true. He was a thankful man, a faithful father, grandfather and great-grandfather and husband. He will be missed by all.
Private family interment will take place at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2004 from St. Johns Lutheran Church, 5151 Alain Road, Vernon. Pastor Jake Friesen officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Vernon Hospice House or Vernon Christian School. Mountain View Funeral Home in care of arrangements . 546-8294.