John Ebbelaar

John Ebbelaar

On Monday, Sept. 2 John Ebbelaar, beloved father of two children, passed away at the age of 81.

John was born on Sept. 4, 1937 in Amsterdam, Holland to Rhea and Gerard Ebbelaar, who moved to Punnichy, Saskatchewan in Aug. 1949. The family finally settled in Sunnyside in April 1957.

In his early life, John served his country in the Army. Following his army service, he married Darlene Mason in October 1968.They raised two sons, Frans and Klaas.

He later remarried in May 1995 to Pam Cole and they enjoyed traveling together and frequent trips to the casinos.

He knew hard work from his days in Punnichy, being a dairyman, and starting Ebbelaar Livestock, where he enjoyed transporting livestock statewide.

John was an avid Mariners fan and enjoyed a very rare steak, and I mean very rare. You could always count on him having the game on the radio, if it wasn’t on the TV, and sending overcooked steak back to the kitchen. He enjoyed reminiscing with the locals and wearing a pair of wooden shoes.

If you knew John, you knew he was never embarrassed to yell your name out from across the most crowded room or serenade you when you walked into a room. You could often find him at the local coffee shop or at his favorite watering hole, discussing topics of the day and maybe in the middle of a dice game. He was one of a kind, quick to be a smart’a and loved by many.

John was preceded in death by his father, Gerard and his mother Rhea.

He is survived by his two children, Frans, wife Yvonne; Klaas, wife Lindsay, brother Hank, wife Jeanette; sisters Maria, husband Gary, Louise, husband Norm, grandchildren Miranda, Taylor, Mike, Evelyn, Kale and Vivian, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Viewing and visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at the Smith Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Sunnyside. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo, P.O. Box 27, Grandview, WA. 98930.

Those wishing to sign John’s online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.

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