John Kaethler

August 15, 2020


John Kaethler


After a brief and courageous battle with cancer, it is with great sorrow that the family announces the passing of John Kaethler at the age of 77.


He will be greatly missed by his wife Elaine of 49 years, his loving children Bob (Tasha), Dan (Carmen), his beautiful grandchildren Chloe, Charlie and Judy, who meant the world to him, brother Rudy (Dorothy), sister Pauline and many nieces and nephews, family and friends.


John was predeceased by his parents Nikolai and Helena, sister Olga and brother Henry.


“Johnny K” was born April 20, 1943 in Steinbach, Manitoba. After living briefly in St. Anne, the family moved to Winnipeg where he attended Lord Kitchener and High School at Miles Macdonell. At school, John acquired many life-long friends, who to this day still call him “Satch”.


During high school John pursued his love for music. He was very talented, always playing guitar, upright bass, drums, piano or singing a tune. He went on his way to play bass for “Chad Allen and the Sticks and Strings”. It was then, while rocking-out with the band that he met the love of his life, Elaine Laniuk. John and Elaine were married on June 12, 1971. It wasn’t long after they got married that John decided that he needed to put down his bass to pursue his career as a Journeyman Electrician. John and Elaine had 2 boys. Shortly after their firstborn, they decided to build their cedar-log home in Lockport, Manitoba. Here they raised their boys, had countless dinners, bonfires and made many happy memories, enjoying their life with family and friends.


John continued his career as an Electrician working for Honeywell and then 24 years with the Health Sciences Center where he eventually retired.


After retirement he developed a passion for golf thanks to his close friend Bill McDougall. John loved the game and would walk 18 holes every time he golfed.


When he wasn’t puttering around the yard, helping his sons with a project, brewing a batch of suds, or with his lovely grandchildren you could find him at a golf course.


John was always ready and willing to help and he could fix absolutely anything. His sense of humour, love for family and dedication to his wife and children will be missed.


John leaves behind beautiful memories and the realization of how fortunate we are to have had him as a Husband, Father, Papa, Brother, Uncle and Friend. He will be deeply missed and forever loved. We love you, John.


A private celebration of life will be held at a later date for which guests will be contacted. After the private service, we welcome others to the Kaethler yard to pay their respects. During these events, please respect Covid-19 restrictions by practicing physical distancing and mask-wearing when appropriate.


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Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

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