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Reverend John Klomps

Reverend John Gerald Klomps

Wednesday, May 9th, 1934 - Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
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Obituary

Klomps, Reverend John, Gerald, age 85, went to be with his Lord, peacefully and surrounded by family on Wednesday June 12, 2019 at McNally House Hospice. Born in Aalten in the Netherlands on May 9, 1934. Survived by devoted and loving wife Rita for 59 years. Cherished father to Jane Vanderlaan (John), Carol VanRavenstein, (John), Elaine Eerkes (Frank) and Judy Taylor (David). Loving Opa to Lindsay Novak (Steve), John, James, Owen, Laura, Luke, Marieka and Abbey. Great Grandfather to Malachi and Evangeline. John’s passion for people and his desire to lead others to the Lord led him to serve as pastor to Lindsay, Brockville, Hamilton and Mississauga Christian Reformed Churches. In later life John took up the torch for the challenged and served with Christian Horizons in the capacity of public speaker and fundraiser. Still later he served as Executive Director of the Bible League Canada and was instrumental in the development of the Bible for Missions Thrift Store program across Canada. John’s passion for travel led him to guide numerous group tours to Israel and many more to Europe and Asia in support of the Christian causes close to his heart. Until failing health prevented him, John continued to preach in area churches. Family, friends, and others whose lives John touched are invited to Visitation at Mountainview Christian Reformed Church, 290 Main Street East, Grimsby on Tuesday June 18, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Followed by a Service of Remembrance on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Mountainview Christian Reformed Church. The Klomps family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at McNally House for their attentiveness and loving care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to McNally House Hospice.

“As you come to him, the living Stone-rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him- 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house…..” 1 Peter 2: 4-5a
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Mountainview Christian Reformed Church
    Address
    290 Main Street East
    GRIMSBY, ON L3M 1P8
    Get Directions: View Map | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Mountainview Christian Reformed Church
    Address
    290 Main Street East
    GRIMSBY, ON L3M 1P8
    Get Directions: View Map | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Mountainview Christian Reformed Church
    Address
    290 Main Street East
    GRIMSBY, ON L3M 1P8
    Get Directions: View Map | Email

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Robert Pijper

Posted at 05:38pm
Dear Klomps family: I just found out and send my sincere condolences. I remember "Pastor Klomps" very fondly from his days pastoring the Clarkson CRC. He will always be remembered by me as a wise, well spoken, and compassionate man, and of course by you all as so much more. I love the verse shared in his obituary, and pray that the God of all comfort will continue to sustain you all. Love and prayers, Rob Pijper and family.
K

Karen.bassett

Posted at 04:44pm
Hey this is Karen was Haalstra but now am a Bassett I just found out that he passed away sending my condolences because it has been four years that my mom passed away I was a member of Wellandport Christian Reformed church my mom was the organist I enjoyed his sermons but my life is getting better I have a wonderful guy name Bill Bassett he has gone to church with me send me a message.
JN

John & Nellie

Posted at 01:47pm
Dear Rita and family. Nellie and I first met Pastor John when we were members in CRC Lindsay, now over 50 years ago. We had just married, moved to Bobcaygeon and right away started attending Lindsay CRC. The Wednesday after our first Sunday attendance, John (to our surprise) was at our door introducing himself. Also later if we missed a Sunday service, you could be sure that a bulletin arrived at our door via the mail later that week. Years later, I was privileged to work for him at the Bible League of Canada. He worked hard to raise the profile of Bible League ministry and was an excellent 'boss' to work for. His 'encouragement' of the 'Bibles for Missions Thrift Store' initiative in 1989 was key to this radical 'fundraising idea' that now has grown to 52 stores nation wide. Going on tour with him (which many people did) you were never disappointed and always experienced strong Christian fellowship ministry. Thank you Pastor John for the care and the 'gospel drive' that you ministered to us. Blessings to Rita and family. May the Lord be with you and give you peace.
CM

Corrie Marshall

Posted at 09:24pm
Dear Mrs. Klomps and Family,
I was a member of the First CRC in Hamilton in the 70's when your husband was the Pastor of our church.
He inspired me greatly in my faith. I remember Profession of Faith classes with him. He was so relatable and kind. He always had a smile and was encouraging and non-judgemental.
Rev. Klomps officiated at our marriage in September of 1978 just before we moved to Kincardine, ON.
We share in your grief and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincere Condolences,
Corrie (Vander Gugten) and Glenn Marshall

Marianne Bailey

Posted at 09:43am
Rev Klomps was a good listener and was interested in everyone’s goals. When I taught in Germany, he said he would come for a pastoral visit and he did. He took my tiny car out, exploring the Black Forest while I was teaching. Back in Canada, he officiated at my wedding and became a good friend. I will miss him. At the moment I am in Europe and will have to miss his funeral. Condolences to Rita and all the children and grandchildren.

Love. Marianne Bailey (Oosthoek)
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