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Ouwerkerk, Brian

Brian Ouwerkerk, beloved husband of Karen Ouwerkerk, passed away and was taken to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at the age of 54 years, after a courageous and admirable battle with cancer.
Brian will be deeply missed by his wife Karen and his sons Ian Ouwerkerk and Graham Ouwerkerk.
Brian is also survived by his mother Nell Ouwerkerk; and his brothers and sisters Hetty-Jo Schultz, Joanne Grace, Sharon Ouwerkerk, Pete (Melanie) Ouwerkerk and Richard Ouwerkerk; his brothers- and sisters-in-law Ken and Elaine Van Hill and Louis and Cindy Brandsma; his mother- and father-in-law Peter and Elly Brandsma; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.
Brian was predeceased by his father Willem (Bill) Ouwerkerk on Oct. 8, 2011.
Brian was born on Feb. 3, 1958 in Lethbridge. During his early years he lived in Fort Macleod and would later enjoy many years near High River.
On Sept. 7, 1985 Brian married the love of his life, Karen, and the two experienced more than 26 joyous years together.
Brian worked for many years at the Fort Macleod and Highwood Auction Markets. He would later work for Lafarge Canada and most recently for Burnco Rock Products.
Brian was a kind and generous man who was dedicated to his faith, his family and his work. He did everything to the utmost of his ability; he loved to laugh and was always an encourager. He was a man of values whose empathy and unwavering positive attitude will be missed by all those who knew him.
A private family graveside service was held at Mountain View Cemetery, Lethbridge, on Tuesday, July 10, 2012.
A memorial service was held at the Full Gospel Church, 1802 Ninth Ave. S.E., High River, on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 2 p.m. with Pastor Kevin Vryhof officiating.
Those who wish may make a donation in memory of Brian to the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) General Fund, P.O. Box 5070, Stn. LCD 1, Burlington, Ont., L7R 3Y8.
Honoured to serve the family, Cornerstone Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2800 Mayor Magrath Drive S., Lethbridge, T1K 7B1. Telephone 403-381-7777. E-mail:

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