Rev. Jan Dovgalev

DOVGALEV, REV. JAN

Rev. Jan Dovgalev went to

be with his Lord and Saviour on November 20, 2011 at the age

of 87. Jan was born in Belarus,

and married his wife, Maria

in Germany in 1947, then

immigrated to Canada in 1949. Jan’s faith, his service

to his heavenly Father, and his family were his life. He pastored Russian Evangelical Baptist churches in Oshawa, Toronto,

Calgary and Kelowna.  He ministered to others through his love of music, led choirs and small groups, and loved to

sing duets with his wife, Maria.  His missionary spirit was demonstrated by church planting in Russia, supporting and directing orphanages in South America, distributing tracts, and witnessing to everyone he met.  For many years, Jan reached out through radio ministry that was broadcast

locally and world-wide in the Russian language. Jan loved

to venture into the great outdoors to go fishing, wild

mushroom picking, and to enjoy God’s creation. He

encouraged everyone with his life-long motto to “Keep

looking up” Jan blessed many lives, touched many hearts, and helped many establish a relationship with Jesus Christ in their lives.  Among the many who will miss him are three daughters, Anna (Don), Nellie, Irene (Gord), three sons

Alex (Vera), Tom, Eugene (Marielle), eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his mother Domna, father Efim, sister Maria, brothers Peter,

Adam, and Gregory, granddaughter Katie, and his wife,

Maria.  Thanks to Dr. Hart, the staff at KGH, and the

Hospice House for their caring support.  Visitation and

viewing will be held on Friday between 7 and 8 p.m with a funeral service on Saturday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. both at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kelowna Gospel Mission, the Salvation Army, Billy Graham Evangelical Association of Canada or the

Hospice House, Kelowna.

 

Condolences may be sent to the family by

visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com

250-860-7077.