June 29, 1935-May 14, 2007

Forever In Our Hearts

John was the fi rst born to Gustav and

Anna Schlamp on June 29, 1935 in Swift

Current, Saskatchewan. As a young

lad, he moved to Vanderhoof with his

parents working in the sawmill/lumber

industry. He met Betty who became

his wife on July 6, 1957. Four children

were welcomed into the family – Kathy,

Betty, Daniel and Rick. Dad had a real

love for children and grandchildren.

Most of his life was spent on a “hobby

farm” where he enjoyed “horse-trading”.

woodworking (creating furniture and

wooden toys) and reconstructing old

sawmills. He provided a comfortable

life for his family working at various

jobs in the forest industry. Although he

only went to school for approx. 2 years,

he later obtained many ‘specialized’

certifi cates that he needed in his work.

Dad had a talent for playing many

musical instruments. Friends and family

members would gather to visit, play

instruments, and enjoy a meal together.

In his earlier years he spent many hours

working with horses, hunting, fi shing

and camping with his family.

After falling and breaking his left

shoulder and hip on September 28,

2006, recovery never really took place.

Numerous medical conditions fi nally

took a toll on Dad’s weakened body and

he prepared himself to leave his family,

friends and relatives. Dad was ready

to go when he peacefully passed away

in his sleep at the St. John Hospital

in Vanderhoof on Monday, May 14,

2007. Funeral services were held at the

Nechako Community Church on Friday,

May 18, 2007 with his nephew, Pastor

Phil Schlamp offi ciating. His burial site

is located at the Sommerfeld Cemetery

near Mapes. In honor of his memory,

donations can be made to the St. John


Dad is survived and lovingly

remembered by his: Mother – Anna,

Wife – Betty, Daughter, Kathy Ann

(Jack Miller) & Sons (Steven & Robert),

Daughter – Betty Marie & Son (Justin),

Son – Daniel John & Daughter (Ina),

Son – Rick Gus (Sharlene Patterson)

& Daughter (Ashley Swett). Brothers

& Sisters: Annie, Gus, Pete, Mary,

Ben, Jake & Margaret plus numerous

relatives and many, many friends.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to Dr.

DeVos and the entire nursing staff at the

St. John Hospital. Not only were you

professional but you all went “beyond

the call of duty” to show compassion,

patience. and loving care for our Dad

during his lengthy stay at the hospital.

With tears in your eyes you said

farewell to Dad along with his family

and friends that stopped by to be with

him in his fi nal hours. Words of thanks

alone cannot express how you helped

our Dad and family throughout his

hospital stay. A special thanks for all

the funeral arrangements is extended

to Val and Isabelle at Grace Memorial

Funeral Home. We’ll always be grateful

and remember your kindness during

this diffi cult time. Publicly we’d like

to acknowledge and thank Dad’s Mom,

brothers, sisters, cousins, numerous

other relatives and friends for all their

support and the way they pitched in to

help our family. This includes music,

singing, visiting and staying with Dad in

the hospital, your prayers, the luncheon

following the graveyard service, dinner

to the family, phone calls and continued

support. We had an incredible “team”

to help us “celebrate Dad’s life”. The

family would like to extend our heartfelt

thanks to all of you!

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