HERB JOHANNES

Herb Johannes passed away peacefully on Nov. 9 at Hardy View Lodge with his daughter Shannon at his side. He leaves behind a son-in-law; three grandchildren, Peter, April and Mikela; brother Ross in Manitoba, Ern in Surrey and a sister Mae in Langley as well as many nieces and nephews. Herb was born in Winnipeg on Nov. 2, 1940. His parents moved the family out to B.C. when he was 8, they settled in Langley on acreage where his father built up a dairy herd, and added horses to pull the wagon in order to take the milk to town and pick up supplies the farm required. They had chickens, swine and other animals as well. The family was very involved in agriculture and 4-H, they entered their prized stock in the fairs where Herb had earned numerous grand champion and reserve champion for the pigs he had entered. Herb started pulling wrench when he was about 16 at the Milner Garage, which was how he supported his family in the coming years. Herb moved his young family to Squamish where he worked in Britannia Mine and for logging companies. To be closer to his parents and job prospects, he moved his family back to Langley in 1980 and settled in the Willoughby area on acreage. Herb also enjoyed helping with volunteer work, he often helped out with organizing, carving meat, whatever was required at the hall for Christmas diner, when he was called upon he was always willing to help out. You will be missed (love you Dad). He worked for Inland Kenworth then started working on his own. Herb introduced his kids to 4-H, first joining a Langley Beef Club then starting one on his own. He moved away from the Lower Mainland area up to Grand Forks between 1988-89 to return to what he loved: farming and open country. He worked as a ranch hand for a while, pulled wrench, then he started breeding labs and was able to build up his own blood line which he was known for in the Grand Forks area–he has his blood line of labs spread throughout the country. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, hunting and vegetable gardening. Herb also had hobbies, he enjoyed fly tying, leather working and others. Happy memories will remain with those who knew him, whether it was a piece of machinery he worked on or pups he had sold. A celebration of life while be held for this amazing man on December 13, 2014 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Milner Hall in Langley, B.C.


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