January 26, 1940 – July 6, 2021
John Walter Wiens a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend passed into the presence of his Lord on July 6, 2021. John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Verna, four children and 12 grandchildren: daughter Debbie Penner (Paul); Amanda & Jordan; daughter Donnell Friesen (Matt); Larissa, Ana Mae & Abigail; son Graeme (Leisha); Alyssa (Sam), Mitchell, Emily & Ben; and daughter Juleen Boshart (Scott); Justin, Daniel & Joey. He was predeceased by his granddaughter Emma Joy in 2011.
John was born to John and Katie Wiens in Gem, Alberta on January 26, 1940. He was the third child of seven and was predeceased by sister Hildegard Siemens, and brothers Ernie Wiens and Vic Wiens. He is survived by his twin sister Adina O’Conner and twin brothers Allen Wiens and Alvin Wiens.
In 1943, John’s family moved from Gem to a dairy farm on Vye Road on Sumas Prairie. In 1955 the family bought a new property on Lobban Road in Abbotsford, and John lived there until he married in 1963.
John and Verna were members of Central Heights Church as young marrieds and served as charter members of Northview Community Church from 1980 until the present. John took great joy in serving in the church. Community service was also very important to John. He served as an Abbotsford School Trustee, and Chairman of the University College of the Fraser Valley (now UFV) Board. He was a member of the Agrifair Board and the Abbotsford Community Foundation, the BC Ready Mix Board, and BC Stone Sand and Gravel Board. He also served on the Transplant Research Foundation Board of Directors.
John learned how to work hard as a youngster on the dairy farm, and he applied this skill in sales jobs as a young man and later in his business enterprises. In the 1960’s he owned and operated a ready mix business in Abbotsford which he sold in the 1980’s. He later established a second ready mix business in Langley in which he remained active to the present time.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses in the Heart and Kidney department at St. Paul’s Hospital who cared for John with such skill and compassion. They are also very thankful for all the prayers which supported both John and the family through his journey.
A Memorial Service will be held at Northview Community Church on July 17, 2021 at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to St. Paul’s Hospital at donate.helpstpauls.com/john-wiensObituary
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