John Henkel was born September 13th in the year 1906 in Norka, Russia, the oldest child of Henry and Margaret Henkel. Raised in family of one brother; William - deceased; and 3 sisters; Mary Thisk of Stony Plain, Christina Reise of Wetaskiwin and Nodala Combs of Devon, John came with his family to Canada, settling first in Burtonsville where he received his education at Shoal Lake. Raised on his father's farm, John farmed and ranched first with his father in the home farm, then at Easyford, where he moved in 1944. This year illness took John from a very busy, active life. For a number of years John worked with Wendy Sekura's Auction Market, being one of the original people helping to start the auction market. Travis Sekura and John Henkel formed a close bond as bronc riders. By a previous marriage John had three sons; William, Emil and Larry of Edmonton; and two daughters, June of Burtonsville and Judy of Spruce Grove. John married Bessie July 17, 1945 raising one son, Lee of Whitecourt, and one daughter, Shirley of Easyford. He will be sadly missed and loved by his family, 20 granchildren and 10 great grandchildren. John loved the rodeo, ranching, but first and foremost, was a family man. He enjoyed music, reading, hunting, bronc busting and, in his younger days was a strong swimmer. As part of his work, John often tamed wild horses at Nordegg, rafting and camping on the Pembina River, and guiding in the mountains. John had an active interest in cattle breeding, especially when the exotic breeds came to the valley. Truly John was a pioneer. John was a congenial, kind, family man; a good husband and father; a generous, outgoing person of good humour and always ready to give a helping hand. One who saw good in everyone and will be missed by all. John's ashes were scattered on the home quarter of his land at Easyford, Alberta. A service of remembrance was held on Saturday, September 26, 1987 at 1:00 pm at Long's Funeral Chapel, Drayton Valley with Reverend Wes Herbert officiating. Service terminated at the Chapel.