Japp, George Rowand

George Rowand Jaap passed away Sept. 7, 2016 at the Wainwright Hospital at the age of 73.
He was born June 3, 1943 in Kerrobert, Sk. to Rowand and Marie Jaap.  The oldest of four children, he attended school in Coleville and Kerrobert.
After graduation George left the farm and worked in the oilfield, took an autobody course and then got his private pilot’s license.
He later returned to the farm for a short time and then obtained his commercial pilot’s license and flew for Time Air our of Lethbrige.
George married Betty Hamilton in 1975 and they moved to Coronation where George was manager of the John Deere dealership.  Son Robert was born in October 1975 followed by Billy in July 1977.
George and Betty were active members of the Coronation Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs and in 1985 they opened a small clothing store in Coronation called Prairie Duds.
In 1986 George moved to Vancouver where he managed an apartment building until 2008 when he returned to Alberta.  He moved to Czar and worked for Russell Jones, Randy Flynn, the Czar Town and Country Market and Tri Ag Implements in Consort.
He retired in 2014 but kept active persuing his interests in leather work as well as cooking, baking and canning.
George is survived by his sons Robert (Martinna) Jaap of Sylvan Lake and Billy Jaap of Red Deer, one granddaughter Ayla; his sisters Carol Klass of Sherwood Park and Shirley (George) Homan of Calgary as well as two nieces and three nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother John.
A memorial service was held Sept. 15, 2016 in Kerrobert, Sk.

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