John Williams Schalles a late resident of Ashcroft passed away on Wednesday, January 14th 2009 at the age of 79 years. John is predeceased by his father Philip John Schalles and his mother Ada Lillian Schalles. John is survived by his loving family, his wife Irma, daughter Maryann (Bob) Simpson of Cache Creek, sons Charles (Lori) of Armstrong, Terry (Susan) of Ashcroft, and Paul of Williams Lake; Grandchildren, Jacob, Danny, and Patricia Simpson, Kimberly (Brad) Brownjohn, Brad, Carman Schalles, Nick (Tyra), Justin, Brandon, Tyrel and Cole Schalles; Great grandchildren Braxton and Talana Brownjohn; brothers Robert (Daisy), Harold (Nancy). John is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Local rancher and mechanic extraordinaire, John Schalles passed away in Ashcroft, January 14. John started his career in the US Navy, moving to Canada in 1963 to settle in the Cariboo with his family. Known for his dedication to the improvement of his hereford herd, development of agricultural land (Felker Lake and Ashcroft), and rising to the challenge of repairing anything that was broken. In his later years, he focused his talents on refurbishing antique equipment.
Should friends so desire, donations in memory of John may be made to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Northern Interior Branch Box 277, Station Main Kamloops, B.C. V2C 5K6. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday January 17th,, 11:00 am at St. Gerard’s Catholic Church 512 Brink St. Ashcroft, B.C. followed by Burial in the Ashcroft Cemetery. Thompson Valley Funeral Home Ashcroft entrusted with arrangements.