Tubman Funeral Home


John Holzapfel

June 16, 1922May 22, 2021

It is with a heavy heart we said goodbye to Dad who passed away at the age of 98 with his wife, Helen by his side.

John was born on the family farm near Odessa, SK where he lived until he joined the army at the age of 20 and was stationed in Nanaimo, BC. After he was discharged, he moved back to Odessa where he met and married Helen. There they built a life together farming. Dad was always willing to stop his own work to give the neighbours a helping hand. He was a great welder and mechanic and could fix just about anything! John and Helen retired in Indian Head, SK and lived there for 35 years. There he spent many years working and tinkering with his son Dean at H & L Automotive. He had many friends that he would play crib with at the local coffee shops. In 2018 Mom & Dad moved into William Albert Care Home in Emerald Park, SK together. They met many new friends. Dad was always happy to see family and friends and maybe even get in a game of crib with those of us who knew how to play. The last few years Dad struggled with Alzheimer’s. He was very good at disguising it and never lost his sense of humour.

John was predeceased by their infant son David, sons-in-law Gordie Miller and Gary Male and infant granddaughter Patricia Holzapfel.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years Helen, children: Brian (Edie) Holzapfel, Brenda Miller, Dean (Cheryl) Holzapfel, Donna Holzapfel, Tim Holzapfel (Elizabeth Dusseck), Lorraine (Mallory) Englot; grandchildren: David (Tammy) Holzapfel, Shelley Holzapfel (Lucas Wirth) Chris Holzapfel, Angela (Joe) McMaster, Chelsey (Mitch) Criton, and Paige Englot (Kalvin Melnyk); great-grandchildren: Jacob and Claire Holzapfel, Wyatt and Ronin Wirth, Brynley, Benson and Addison Criton and Parker Melnyk.

There will be a private service at a later date as this was Dad’s request.


  • A private family service will be held at a later date.


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Gordon Laskey

June 6, 2021

Dear Helen and Family
Thinking of you at this time. Many a good time and a lot of card playing was done ,John truly was a great friend. May memories give you the strength you will need today and always. Sending our Deepest Sympathy to you all.
Gordon and family.

Leonard & Annette Gaetz

May 31, 2021

Helen & family
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of John.
Growing up beside him as a neighbour, I remember John always with a smile, a witty remark, and ready to play crib anytime.
Take care
Leonard & Annette Gaetz

Vern and Diana Oswald

May 30, 2021

Aunt Helen and Family
Our deepest sympathies on Uncle Johns passing. His
knowledge of anything and everything mechanical always
amazed me. Good memories.

Garry and Sheila Holzapfel

May 29, 2021

Aunt Helen and family,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Uncle John.
He always took time for me when I had a problem with my vehicle.
I am sure he has a crib game going with friends and family.
He was a special Uncle, I always enjoyed our visits and now he is at peace.
Hugs and prayers to all.

Clint and Arlene Schafer

May 28, 2021

Aunt Helen and Family
Our sincere condolences to all of you at this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing there are family and friends there to welcome him home. Hugs to all❤️

Dave & Carolyn Wild

May 28, 2021

Our deepest sympathies to Helen and all of the family , I have many fond memories of John and his family growing up as neighbors and friends , a life well lived !

Sherry Klatt

May 28, 2021

Lorraine, Mal, Chelsey, Paige and families, we send loving thoughts and prayers! What a wonderful legacy…beautiful family…left to cherish his memory. You have lost someone you love but gained an Angel you know! Hugs to all!🙏🏻❤️
Murray and Sherry Klatt

Merlin Oswald

May 28, 2021

My condolences to Aunt Helen and the rest of the family at this very difficult time may god’s love and peace be with you all.

Sharon Carter

May 28, 2021

Aunt Helen & family
I just want to send my condolences on the passing of Uncle John. He was a great uncle, I enjoyed every visit with him. I have many memories of him growing up which I will cherish forever. I was so looking forward to be able to share his 100th birthday with him, but he is now at peace , God love him.
RIP Uncle John❤️

Bonnie and Daryl Holzapfel

May 27, 2021

Auntie Helen and family:

We both want to pass along our sincere condolences to you all. Uncle Johnny was always comical and we were all looking so forward to him celebrating his 100th birthday. May you all find comfort in the fact that he led a wonderful healthy life. Our prayers are with you.