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The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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Johan op den Dries
Jan. 4, 1933 – Feb. 11, 2024


On Feb. 11, 2024, Johan went to be with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

He was born Jan. 4, 1933, to Geertje and Derk op den Dries in Niyjverdal, in the province of Overijsel, Holland. On Aug. 4, 1948, he immigrated to Canada with his family arriving in southern Alberta. After a year in southern Alberta, the family moved to just east of Rocky Mountain House.

In 1953, Johan met Elsie Prins and they were married Aug. 10, 1955. After living in Lacombe for a year they moved to Rocky Mountain House and never left.

Johan first worked in construction and then later worked for Co-op hardware for awhile. In 1969, Johan started working for the school division in the maintenance department, until his retirement in 1998.

Johan and Elsie were blessed with seven children, 16 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Johan enjoyed travelling, gardening and helping people out during his retirement.

Johan is predeceased by his daughter Anita, and son-in-law Peter.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Elsie; daughter Sylvia (Harry); sons Richard (Marlene), Elmer (Joanne), Calvin, Wes (Tracy); and daughter Evelyn; and his 44 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life for Johan will be held at the Covenant Christian Reformed Church Church in Rocky Mountain House on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, at 1 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Johan’s name to the Parkinson Association of Alberta, or the Alzheimer Society of Canada.

Condolences may be forwarded to www.rockyfuneralhome.ca.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403-845-2626.