Hoes, Dr. Josephus (John)

John Hoes

Dr. Josephus (John) Hoes

1924 - 2003

John Hoes.jpgPeacefully on November 27, 2003, after a lengthy illness, John passed away at Salem Personal Care Home at the age of 79 years.

John is survived by Clara, his loving wife for 51 years.  Three daughters, Jackie & husband Danny Chelin of Burlington, ON & children, Amy, Luke, Anika & Kees; Clara & husband Ed Motkaluk of Matlock, MB & children Corey and Molly and Clara’s step children; Paula & husband Terry Dorsey of LaSalle, MB & children Brett & Reid.  Four sons, William & wife Karen of Calgary, AB & children Derian, Mitchell & Abbey; Joseph & wife Roberta of Winnipeg, MB & son Adam; Michael & special friend Colleen Thompson of Calgary, AB; Frank & wife Lisa Davies-Hoes of Winnipeg and daughter Ashlen; also, John’s sister Annie and brother Antoon and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

John was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Martin and Karel, as well as his sister Cornelia.

John Hoes was born on April 23, 1924 in Lisse, The Netherlands.  Upon his marriage to his wife, Clara, July 23, 1952, they moved to a new life in Canada.  John attended the University of British Columbia and graduated with a BA in 1957 and a Masters Degree in Agriculture in 1958.  From there he went to Washington State University in Pullman, Washington [USA] and graduated with a PHD in his field of Plant Pathology in 1963.

John and Clara moved to Morden, Manitoba in 1962.  Here began John’s career as a research scientist specializing in flax and sunflower diseases.  He is credited with several published discoveries over his 26 years at the Morden Research Station.

John was very active in the community, serving on the Morden School Board, Church Board, Morden Beach Committee, Morden Little Theatre and was the 1st President of the Morden Minor Hockey Coordinating Committee.

John was an avid reader, Master bridge player, as well as a great lover of art, music, and good wine.  He loved the outdoors and the elements.  John’s yard was always a testament to his love of the soil, shrubs, and flowers, which became his life hobby.

Funeral Mass was held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 685 Stephen Street, Morden, MB on Monday, December 1, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. with Father Joseph Tran officiating.  Interment followed at the Chapel Cemetery, Morden, MB.

Special thanks to all the medical staff and volunteers at Salem Home for their excellent care and kindness over the past four years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, Box 119 – 204 Main Street, Winkler, MB  R6W 4A4, Ph# (204) 325-5634, or to Salem Foundation Inc, 165 15th Street, Winkler, MB  R6W 1T8, Ph# (204) 325-4316.

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