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The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
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Ben Simmelink
Dec. 7, 1932 – June 17, 2020

Ben was born in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, the fifth of six children. He immigrated to Canada at the age of 19 with one suitcase and a change of clothes. Before moving to Rocky he worked at Michener Centre in Red Deer. In Rocky he worked on Elmer Greenwood’s farm. He then clerked at Cony’s Store, and was a school bus driver for many years while fulfilling his dream of building up his farm, where he lived for the past 60 years, and which is now being farmed by the second and third generations.
Ben was predeceased by his wife, Betty (2003). He is survived by his children: Bernice (John) Kingma, Norma (Dewey) Numan, Dave (Sandra) Simmelink, and Ron Simmelink, 17 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, with three more great-grandchildren on the way. Gregory and Pamela Edwards were part of his family as foster children for many years. He is also survived by his brothers: Bill (Lenie) and, Harry (Irene) Simmelink, and his brothers-in-law Herman Woltjer, and Case (Marlene) Korver.
Ben was active in his church and community. He was on the initial board of the rural gas co-op. Ben was also involved in the Frisco community and served on Rural Crime Watch. He was a board delegate for Alpha Milk for many years. He was a long-term volunteer at The Lord’s Food Bank. Ben was involved in establishing the Rocky Christian School. He was a member of Rocky First Christian Reformed Church, and enjoyed being part of their Friendship Group. He volunteered on several disaster response initiatives with World Renew.
Ben’s faith was reflected in how he served his neighbours and community. He was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.
Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.
A graveside service was held June 22 at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Condolences can be sent or viewed at Rocky Funeral Home, www.rockyfuneralhome.ca.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626.