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Elden ‘Raymond’ Kroeker

Posted: 05/22/2019 3:45 PM

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Elden ‘Raymond’ Kroeker, dearly beloved husband of Esther (nee Nighswander/Swann) for 27 years. On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, he left this world to be forever in the presence of his Lord and King, Jesus Christ.

Ray was born on June 4, 1933 to John D. and Esther (Reimer) Kroeker in Steinbach, MB, where he was surrounded by a large and loving extended family until 1948 when he moved with his parents and two sisters to St Catharines, ON.

He was predeceased by his (first) wife of 35 years, Helen (nee Baerg December 1990), and his youngest sister, Sylvia Unger (2017).

He will be missed by his sisters, Laverna Braun (Jack), Eileen Hiebert (Dean), brother-in-law Eddie Unger and their families; his children, Rick (Nancy), Ron (Helen), Carolyn Coyle (Kevin), Rob (Rhonda); step-children, James Swann (Elaine), Jennifer Best (Weldon); his grandchildren, Ryan (Jessie), Jordan, Kyle (Brittany) Kroeker, Stephen, Alison, Andrew Kroeker, Rachelle Garret (Jeremy), Matthew Harrison (Taylor), Madison, Brandon Coyle, Emily, Ben, Jake Kroeker, Jonathan Blyde (Crystal), Heather Davidson (Matt), Robert Best, Noah, Zoe Swann; and great-grandchildren, Xavier, Charles, Elijah, Camryn; as well as his in-laws, Bill and Viola Schmidt, Jake Baerg, Murial Baerg, Carol Baerg, Ron and Marjorie Beecroft, Eva Reesor, Ruth Meyer and their families.

Ray was employed for 39 years by TRW where he was a tool maker. Two years after retirement he went to work as a security guard for a further 14 years. He was baptized in Calvary Church in 1953 where he served in various roles and remained a faithful member until his call to Glory.

Arrangements entrusted to Pleasantview Funeral Home, 905-892-1699.

Donations to Hospice Niagara or the Canadian Bible Society will be appreciated by his family. You are invited to share valued memories and condolences online at

"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words." I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.

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