Mr. John Pimm of Milk River, formerly of Lacombe and beloved husband of Mrs. Debbie Pimm, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at the age of 70 years.
John was born in Idaho Falls February 11, 1951- the middle child to Richard and Doris Pimm. Older Brother Jack and younger sister Linda.
John spent the first year of his life living on a rock unimproved farm near Eden Idaho. He lived with his parents and older brother Jack in ½ of a World War 11 Barrack.
Soon after they moved to Brownsville, Oregon where they continued to farm. Here at the age of four, John owned his first lamb which he bottle fed. At the age of six he had his first driving assignment. Standing on the seat, he steered the old ’49 Chevy Pickup truck while his sister, Linda, hunched down on the floor, pressed the gas pedal with her hands. They were driving across the field to meet their dad, Richard, who was driving the Combine.
Later that year, the family moved again to the Peoria Oregon area. By that time John had graduated to feeding calves each day after school. He and his mom, Doris, had a special thing for calves, starting and raising 30 to 100 each year for the following 12 years. Mom bought them at auctions, and John fed and doctored them. He learned from his mom how to give shots, fry flour and egg medicine, castrate and feed. When he was 14, he had to save a bloated calf by stabbing it in the side with his mom’s butcher knife. Calf saved.
School was never a big love for John. He attended Shedd Elementary School and Central Linn High School. He had to hurry his cow chores in the winter so he could be on the school wrestling team. He had a full tenor voice, so he also sang in the school choir and Blue Notes Group, driving the family car to and from school 10 miles away.
John enjoyed Future Famers of America throughout his High School Years. He showed his stock at various shows and fairs. In the summer he took some to the Sate Fair in Salem Oregon. He became quite famous in the Willamette Valley the year one of his Charolais Bulls got loose from the State Fair and ran 1 1/2miles through the city, jumping picket fences and tearing down clotheslines before he was cornered at the Freeway On Ramp Exit of I-5.
In 1971 John and a buddy from Bible College met his sister Linda in Austria. They traveled throughout Europe together. Strained Coffee grounds through their teeth in Istanbul, were run off the road by a Russian tank in Yugoslavia and traveled by train to the top of both Sweden and Scotland where the sun did not go down at night.
After his Europe adventure John married Jackie Everett and moved to Canada. They raised Charolais cattle on a Farm by Clive, Alberta. Anna Marie, Ryan, Aaron joined the family at that time. Maleah was adopted from Korea at the age of two joining the other 3 sibling.
After the marriage ended between John and Jackie and in 1995 John married Debbie and 3 more siblings joined the family. Mike and Michelle had graduated from High School at that time. But, Ben was still home so….. 4 siblings became 5. They moved down to Milk River in 1996 to pursue John’s dream of raising cows and I might add kids. The blended family on a farm created many, many stories and memories. During that time the grandkids started to arrive and more memories and stories came. Between home life, school life, Brandings, Calving, Preg checking time, chores etc. there was not shortage of stories.
It kept John busy trying to keep 4 teenagers safe. They worked hard and ate accordingly.
John lived his dream of raising cows to the end of his life. He knew every cow and who was related to who. He loved his heifers and took pride in having the best group of steers to sell.
He was fearless when dealing and working cattle. No cow or bull ever got the better of him. He was a man of great integrity. Honest to the core. Loved his family and loved the Lord. His Faith was super important to him and helped him make it through the learn difficult years of drought and BSC. He never quit ever to the very end.
He will be so sadly missed by everyone who knew him but mostly by his family. He leaves a very large hole. We will always and forever miss him.
A Celebration of John’s Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610 – 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta with Pastor Dave Moffat, officiating.
For those who wish to view John’s service via livestream, please go to https://www.mbfunerals.com/obituary/John-Pimm and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the link.
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