April 8, 1937 – June 15, 2020
of Drayton passed away peacefully at home surrounded by the love of his family on Monday, June 15, 2020 in his 84th year. Arend is survived by his loving wife Augustina “Audrey” (Praamsma) Flinkert for 59 years. Cherished father to his four children, Lisa Kraehling and her friend John Seehaver of Grand Valley, Wilma Flinkert and her friend Henry Smith of Edmonton, Alberta, Maria and Henk Pastink of Conn and Brent and Wilma Flinkert of New Liskeard. Dear grandfather of Arend Kraehling (Krystal), Adam Kraehling (Meghan), Anthony Kraehling (Jess); John Henry Klaassen (Erica), Whitney Farnkoff (Eric); Reba Pastink (Eric), Gerrit Pastink; Dina, Hannah, Alyssa and Sophia Flinkert. Great grandfather of Jakob, Benjamin, Evelyn and Reid. Brother of Bill and Barb Flinkert, Sonja and John VanAnkum and Hank Flinkert all of Alberta. Brother-in-law of Hilde Van Staalduinen of Burlington, Sannie and Nico Eggerhos of Ottawa, Auke and Cathy Praamsma of Lakefield and Lucy and Jim Veenstra of Drayton. Predeceased by his parents Berend and Wiechertje Flinkert, son-in-law Ross Kraehling, sister Margaret Dobben and brothers-in-law Eddy Van Staalduinen, Rev. Peter Praamsma and Bert Dobben.
To follow the restrictions due to Covid 19 a Private Family Funeral Service of will be held in the Drayton Reformed Church. Arend’s funeral service will be posted on You Tube under the Drayton Reformed Church on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. for anyone that would like to watch the service.
Arend will be laid to rest in the Drayton Cemetery following the service.
As expressions of sympathy donations to the Palmerston Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.
At the age of 12, Arend immigrated to Canada with his family in 1949.
In 1960 he met Audrey Praamsma of Hamilton. On September 1, 1961 they married and together they worked hard to build the farm and raise a family of four children.
Although he farmed with his father, every decision made was first discussed with his lifelong partner, Audrey. She was the love of his life for 59 years. The farm grew and soon they were milking over 100 cows. Over the years, as the quota system was introduced, they again grew the herd. In the 1980s they expanded into the export business and sent three pot loads of Holstein cattle a month as far as North Carolina, New York, Michigan, and Mexico.
Arend attended the stockyard sales every Thursday for 70 years and made many friends in the cattle business in that time. He was known for his honest deals made on a handshake or his word. Every Thursday, Arend would be found wearing his orange hat in the seats of the dairy ring. Over the last few years when his hearing became poor, his friend Mr. John VanStraaten did his bidding and for that we thank him- it allowed Arend to continue.
Arend and Audrey passed the main milking herd onto their daughter Maria and her husband Henk in 2006 who then changed the name to Henria Holsteins. Arend had a dream of farming in the north, so the couple went up to New Liskeard where they purchased a dairy. Their son Brent came home to help farm there and now runs Flinkert Farms with his wife, Wilma.
Arend and Audrey came back to the home farm in Drayton where he continued to buy and sell cattle as well as feed heifers for their northern farm. He had as many as 250 head to care for up until March 2020. Hard work was his way of life and he instilled this value into his children and grandchildren.
Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as your reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”