John Robert MacKenzie Jr.
July 11, 1941 – May 24, 2020
It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness we announce the passing of John MacKenzie Jr. on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the age of 78 years.
His family had the wonderful opportunity to be by his side as he left peacefully.
John leaves to cherish his memory his best friend and soul mate, Linda, son, Alan daughter, Jody, grandson Kayne, Jody’s partner Craig and his children Anna and Grace, his brother, Ken (Mary) MacKenzie, sister, Isabelle (John) Cawthorne, mother in law, Mary Zelenak, sister in law, Marilyn Zelenak, sister in law, Sheila (Tom) McGee, as well as numerous relatives and many good friends.
John was predeceased by his parents John Sr. and Cecilia MacKenzie, two sisters, Barbara MacKenzie and Margaret Neil, his father in law, John Zelenak and nephew Chris Redlinger.
Every life has a story, John’s began at the age of 6 months, when his family moved from Vermilion settling on their homestead in Drayton Valley. By the age of 14, he was driving a truck for his Dad’s company ‘Mack & Mann Trucking’. He worked hard for many years and eventually was the proud sole owner. In 1965, he married the secretary at Dowell Canada, Linda Zelenak, the team was started. They were blessed with two wonderful children, Jody and Alan. Family was everything, he was a devoted husband and father and a very proud grandfather.
Mack & Mann was regarded as a first class business. At the age of 50, John sold the trucks to start a new passion, The ‘MacKenzie Cattle Company’. He took great pride in creating his Simmental herd. Here you would find him in his John Deere tractor.
John was a man who loved nature and enjoyed many adventures in the outdoors, camping, quadding, and salmon fishing. Spending quality time with his family, doing the things he loved brought such joy to his heart and a smile to his face.
John was generous, kind, humble and well respected in the community. John had a great sense of humour, quick witted, and his ‘Johnisms’ are legendary.
His presence will be deeply missed by all those who knew and loved him.
A private family Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 29, 2020 with Pastor Randy Rye officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. A service honoring and celebrating John’s life will be held at the MacKenzie Centre at a later date due to the present COVID restrictions.
If friends so desire memorial donations may be made to the Drayton Valley Community Foundation or to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, Cross Cancer Institute, In Memory of John MacKenzie Trust Fund: Dr. Michael Sawyer Research , 11560 University Ave., Edmonton, AB T2N 4N2
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