Indian Life columnist passes

SPRUCE GROVE, AB—Joe Jespersen, 70, fought his final battle and was released from this earth to his heavenly home on July 29, 2012. Joe was a regular contributor to Indian Life for a number of years.

Joe grew up on a dairy farm near Spruce Grove, Alberta. His family was always generous to the Aboriginal people who stopped by their farm. When a Metis neighbor was evicted, Joe’s dad moved the fellow’s house to the Jespersens’ land, where he lived the rest of his life rent free.

Joe made a decision to follow Jesus at a young age but it wasn’t until he was 16 at a church meeting in Edmonton, that...