KRPAN, John (Ivan)

November 22, 1922 – Lovinac, Lika, Croatia

July 19, 2021 – Calgary, Alberta

John passed away peacefully at the Colonel Belcher Veterans Home. He leaves his daughters: Stephanie (Al) McDonald and Maggie Herr; his grandchildren: Amy and Scott, Trisha and great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Liam. He also leaves his brother Michael (Eugenia) Krpan and sister Mary (John) Stone.

He was predeceased by his wife Mary.

John was born in Lovinac , Croatia to parents Peter and Manda Krpan. He attended school in Croatia, Saskatchewan, and graduated High School at Edson, Alberta. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy, participating in the June 6, 1944 Invasion of Normandy. In 1949 he graduated from the University of Alberta with a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering. He worked for the Alberta Department of Public Works planning and building many of Alberta’s public buildings, including the Jubilee Auditoriums and the Calgary Foothills Hospital.

All of his life John was very much a family man not only with his immediate family but connecting with aunts, uncles and cousins across Canada and Croatia. John’s grandchildren will fondly remember the time spent with their grandfather.

During his retirement he enjoyed time with his family. Summers were spent gardening and sharing his produce. Winters were spent at the curling rink. He enjoyed the sport and the socializing with his teammates. He also spent time volunteering at the Edmonton Animal Shelter.

Throughout his long and full life John was loved and respected by family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. His strong character and work ethic, quiet demeanor and his sense of humor will be missed but always remembered.

John will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Cemetery, Edmonton. There will be a private memorial and burial for immediate family. Condolences and messages can be forwarded through

Serenity Funeral Service
North Central Chapel

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Joe Novosel

Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear father. I worked with John at Alberta public works and he will always be remembered as a great mentor and sincerely one of the nicest man I have had the privilege of knowing.
May he Rest In Peace.
Sincerely Joe Novosel

Vicky Brkich

What an amazing man and an amazing life. I have read the book that Stephanie wrote about her dad and I have watched the 2 memorial videos. They are a beautiful tribute to a man who lived an extraordinary life. Hearing your dad talk about immigrating to Canada reminds me of my mom’s similar journey. When ever your parents came to Richmond to visit my mom, I got a chance to listen to all of the stories. It is so hard to see our parents’ generation pass away. They sure were tough! I am thinking of you and your family during this very sad time. Thank you again for documenting and sharing your dad’s story.



Mary Siwak

I was sorry and surprised to read Johns’ obituary in the Journal. Vickie Samycia and myself had just been talking about Mary and John, we were all old neighbours in the Capilano area. We were wondering about John as we did not know his whereabouts!Staphanie and Maggie, you were just little at that time but I sure you would remember our families. John and mary were a Great Couple and we all lived i n a Great neighborhood! Great friends and Great parties! The memories are many. GOD Bless!! May He Rest in Peace!

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