John Wesley Kroeker, 41, died on July 17, 2011, at Hopewell House in Portland, Ore.

He was born on Oct. 17, 1969, in Hutchinson to Peter and Esther (Winsinger) Kroeker.

He accepted the Lord at the age of 5 and was a member of Jansen Bible and Newton Bible churches for many years. John’s early years were spent between Kansas and Nebraska.


John Wesley Kroeker, 41, died on July 17, 2011, at Hopewell House in Portland, Ore.
He was born on Oct. 17, 1969, in Hutchinson to Peter and Esther (Winsinger) Kroeker.
He accepted the Lord at the age of 5 and was a member of Jansen Bible and Newton Bible churches for many years. John’s early years were spent between Kansas and Nebraska.
He graduated from Grace University in Omaha, Neb. During college, he worked for Nylus Construction building homes. Then he returned home to help out shortly before his father died in 1997 and worked for Mead Lumber.
In 2000, John moved to the Bahamas where he ministered at Windermere High School as a building and groundskeeper. He was good at his work and took pride in doing it well.
John married Joleen Weaver on Dec. 30, 2008, at Grace Baptist Church, where they were members, in St. Helens, Ore. His interests included woodworking, remodeling his home and God’s word. He enjoyed photography, watching sunsets and going to the beach.
John is survived by his wife, Joleen, and son, Jonathan, both of St. Helens; mother, Esther Kroeker of North Newton; and brother, Samuel Kroeker of Omaha, Neb.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Darwin Stoesz Missionary Fund-Japan in care of Send International or Joleen Kroeker for Jonathan’s trust fund.
A celebration of life was on Thursday at Grace Baptist Church in St. Helens. A committal service and vault interment was at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Scappoose, Ore.
Online condolences can be made to the family at www.columbiafh.com.