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Jacobus "Jack" van Loo

Jul 21, 1958 - Jan 23, 2024

Service

Wednesday, January 31, 2024
2:00 pm
Liberty Christian Assembly (Horn Street and Taylor Drive), Red Deer, Alberta

Obituary

Jacobus (Jack) van Loo passed away peacefully on January 23rd, 2024 at the age of 65, with his wife Peggy by his side. Married on May 4th, 1995 they were together for almost 30 years, until Jack left to be in his heavenly home with Jesus his Lord.

Jack was was born on July 21, 1958 in the Hague, Netherlands to Maika and Jacobus Elisha van Loo. The van Loo family immigrated to Red Deer from Holland when Jack was just 9 months old.
Jack graduated from Lindsay Thurber High School and then went on to Red Deer College from 1993-1995.

Jack and Peg moved to Calgary where he attended the University of Calgary for 3 years, before heading to Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend Rhema Bible Training Center, to fulfil a dream he had for 20 years.

Soon after returning to Red Deer once again, Jack and Peg left as missionaries to Uganda. They lived and ministered in Bunono village just outside of Entebbe, Uganda.

For the next ten years Jack fulfilled his calling in Africa. He opened a Bible School, taught in local churches and started a Children’s Fun Club in the village. The children just loved Jack and they would show up at the gate an hour early to help carry benches and crafts down to the club site. Jack saw many miracles happen for people he prayed for them and enthusiastically taught the Word of God.

Many people in Red Deer and Calgary will remember Jack from his social work as a Child and Youth Care worker. Jack had a big heart and he cared deeply about the people he looked after.
Jack loved to sing either in choirs or a soloist and had a flair for the dramatic. He sang out as large as he lived, whether a high school musical, or with the Red Deer Chamber Singers, or a Pregnancy Care Centre fundraising production. Jack mostly enjoyed singing in worship of Jesus, and no doubt continues to do so.

Jack was predeceased by his parents Jake and Maika, and his twin sister Nicollette. He is survived by his sisters, Wilma and Yvonne, and a brother Art, and their families.

He will be remembered as a fun loving, caring person to them who had the pleasure of meeting him. We will all miss this big gentle giant.

He will be greatly missed at Liberty Christian Assembly (Horn Street and Taylor Drive) where he attended and served as an elder and bible teacher, and will be remembered in a Memorial Service there on Wednesday January 31, 2024 at 2pm. with Rev. George Bradley officiating.

Thank you for many kind expressions of sympathy already received.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice, or gifts designated to ‘Africa Missions’ may be made via Liberty Christian Assembly, Unit 1B – 6315 Horn Street, Red Deer, AB., T4N6H5.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

Condolences

Sandi Ringham:

My deepest condolences to all of you. I have the fondest memories of Jack and I can't imagine anyone or anything who could fill that big space in your hearts. His love for others and life was contagious and he will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to you all.

Rob Porkka:

Dear Van Loo Family,

I first met Jack in grade one at Grandview Elementary school. While I did not see Jack often over the years, we always took time to share what was going on in our lives when our paths crossed. Jack always struck me as a gentle, kind, generous, and caring person. Rest in peace. Condolences to all.

Darren, Cori, Levi(Jack), and Sadie Grabill:

I am sorry we were unable to attend service today. Jack was always truly a Brother to me and later on an Uncle to my children. Jack and I met through the sports of swimming and tennis. Jack and I always had fun with these sporting events like when we created the "Slackers Anonymous" club in the hot tub of the Rec. Center pool! He was "President" and I was 'Vice President" and sometimes we would switch roles. Never serious, but always loving the Lord is how I will remember Jack. Your brother and husband will be dearly missed as he was truly one of a kind! I begin to tear up when I think he is gone, but then remember that we WILL see him again in Heaven. (Darren)

I met Jack when I married Darren. I found Jack to be one of the most honest, kind and caring people I've ever met & I appreciated how his love for the Lord shone out of him genuinely. Jack epitomized Ephesians 4: 1-2 "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Peg - my deepest condolences to you and your family. We'll miss Jack, but also rejoice fully knowing he is with his Savior. (Cori)

Frances McMahon:

I don’t know how to explain the loss of such a great soul but I do sympathize with you all. I had the best work days with Jack at Cosmos and CSS. Always laughing at the Same time enjoying the clients. I loved hearing about when he first met Peggy. The best part of Jack was his ability to connect with anyone regardless of their race, gender or background.
I loved hearing him talk about the love he had for the families and kids in Africa after each time he and Peggy were there. Such a wonderful soul has left us all. May God bless you all and present Jack with a peaceful journey for ever.

Kathryn Fleming:

My sincere condolences to the family. Jack was an amazing kind funny man.. a real sweetheart.

Michelle McCabe:

My deepest condolences on the passing of Jack. My heart is saddened to hear this news. I had the pleasure of working with Jack at CSS. His presence always brought a smile and laughter and he will be fondly remembered.

Don and Maureen Wielinga:

Wilma, Art, Yvonne and families,

Our deepest condolences on the passing of Jack.

I have such great memories of growing up on Michener Hill with all the neighborhood kids. Jack was one of them. When we were younger children and teenagers we "hung out" a lot of the time. We had such fun and I have a lot of funny stories of situations we put ourselves in. Jack had a great sense of humor.

I know that at that time Jack had a calling to serve the Lord and I am glad he was able to do that in the many ways he did. That was his true desire.

Maureen and I are not in the country otherwise we would be attending the Memorial Service.

Jack is definitely resting in the place he wanted to be with his Lord and Savior.

All the best.

Don and Maureen Wielinga

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