Farming Rural 01

John (Jack) Callsen

July 25, 1927 ~ August 20, 2020 (age 93)


The family of the late Jack Callsen, beloved husband of the late Joyce Callsen, wish to announce his passing on August 20th, 2020 at the age of 93.

There will be a private family service for Jack at a later date.



CALLSEN, John Christian (Jack)

July 25 1927 – August 20, 2020

Jack Callsen was a loving husband, father, brother and son. Predeceased by Joyce Callsen, his partner and best friend throughout his life. Also predeceased by brother Tom and sister Betty, daughters in law Sheri [Doug] and Karen [Jim] and granddaughter Tori [Doug]. Jack is survived by his sister Rose Marie [Tampa , Fl,] son Doug [Faye] of Lake Cowichan BC, granddaughter  Staci (Doug Nelson) and their sons Wyatt and Braydon, grandson Ryan (Amie) and their sons Jayden, Kinley and Kane,  granddaughter  Darci (Doug Neva) and her daughters Olivia and Abigail and great grandson Myles (Tori). Daughter Joan (Jim MacRae) of Flaxcombe SK,  grandson Darren (Sherri) and their sons Brendan and Landon, granddaughter  Leslie and her children Hailey and Easton.  Son Jim (Linda) of Flaxcombe SK and grandson Greg (Cassie), granddaughter Deanna and daughter Shiloh,  granddaughter  Laurie (Ian Kucerak) and son Isaac, granddaughter Maryanne (Jordan Becker) and son Camden. Son Bill of Victoria BC. Also an extended group of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Dad was born July 25, 1927 in Kindersley Hospital to Chris and Helen Callsen the eldest of the family and raised on the family farm at Flaxcombe.  Attended school in Flaxcombe completed high school in 1946 and then School of Agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Dad was an active member of the Flaxcombe community, always there to participate in community projects from repairs to the community hall or the curling rink to leading 4H hunter safety to compiling stories and photographs from the pioneers to put into the Flaxcombe history book.  This surely led him to an avid pursuit of our family geneology which has become very extensive. Always eager to adopt modern advances in technology much of this was before Ancestry made it much easier.

Dad was also a legion member. He always wanted to make sure those who participated and sacrificed for our freedom were recognized. He fabricated many metal red maple leafs to mark the resting places of those who served.  In 2005 Dad was nominated by the Flaxcombe branch 98 and received the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal from the Lieutenant Governor of the Province, Dr. Lynda Haverstock.

Dad was an avid reader, mostly of canadiana. Probably every Pierre Burton book he ever wrote. He enjoyed stories of the arctic.

Dad was also a music fan. On Sunday mornings the house would be filled with the sounds of Jimmy Rogers, Hank Williams, Floyd Cramer, Chet Atkins, Herb Alpert to Oscar Peterson and Ray Charles. In later years he was right in his element at the Little Valley Jamboree which combined good music, family get together and many friends.

Dad took great pride in tending the farm his father started. He surely is happy to see it carry on with another generation.  Age did not stop him. Right up to last season he could be found mowing grass, roto-tilling around the trees and tending to the cemetery in Flaxcombe. He loved to go for drive everyday and check out what was going on in the country and then report back to all his friends at Caleb where he resided.

Dad lived a very full life doing what he loved to do in his favorite part of the world. He was very proud of his family and very appreciative of all his friends. I think his life was all he ever dreamed of.


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