John Kooy

On July 2 John Kooy of Lynden will celebrate his 98th birthday. He was born in 1922 in Alberta, Canada. In 1944 he married Dena Withage and they were married for more than 72 years before her passing in 2016. They raised six children: Wayne, Beatrice, Brenda, Greg, Garth and Ted. John now has 13 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. His favorite hobby was fishing and his best year was 1998 when he landed the Canadian Sportfishing National Championship for a 48-pound Chinook salmon caught in the Pacific Ocean off British Columbia. He is thankful to God for all these many years.