Dueck, Rev. Henry P.


Rev. Henry P. Dueck

1934 - 2007

Henry P Dueck 2.jpgDad was born on Jan. 30, 1934 to Peter and Tina in Rosenheim. He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters, 1 brother-in-law and 1 grandchild. He is survived by and leaves to mourn his beloved wife Betty, daughter Elaine and Raymond Friesen and their children: Tyrel and Melissa Wieler, Darren and Alexandria, Daughter MaryAnne and Glenn Fehr and their children: Charissa, Jason, Cara and Jessalynn, son Ken and Esther and their children: Tyler, Riley, Kaylin and Nathan, son Patrick and his special friend Mandie and great granddaughter Abbigail Wieler. He is also survived by three brothers and two sisters.

Dad was baptized in the Sommerfelder Church on June 11, 1954 by Bishop Peter Friesen and married Betty Unrau on July 3, 1960. Mom and Dad spent most of their married life in Plum Coulee. Dad drove the grader for the R.M of Rhineland for 30 years and also enjoyed raising Black Angus cattle. Mom and Dad enjoyed the farm life, they raised chickens, hogs and in Dad’s eyes the best marbled beef you can eat. He also took great pride in driving his John Deere tractor especially when he could give his grandchildren a ride. We loved Dad for his jokes, his sense of humour, his strong sense of family, his dedication to doing the Lord’s work, the hours he spent playing 500 up with the ball and bat, hide and seek, "I spy "with the old rubber duck, flying kite in the fence and taking us to hockey games if we shoveled the driveway. He filled our family gatherings with a sense of fun, and the knowledge that each and every one of us was loved and appreciated. We thank God for blessing us with loving parents.

Dad was very involved in his children and grandchildren’s lives. He was a Sunday school teacher, song leader and young people’s leader. After his ordination in 1982 he dedicated more of his time to the ministry and doing God’s work. His heart was in doing God’s work.

For the past 17 years he continued operating the business known as Peter’s Machine Shop in Plum Coulee where he manufactured deep well and slurry pumps. It was here that he also spent a lot of time preparing his sermons for Sunday morning.

He started having health problems about 8 years ago. About this time Mom and Dad sold the cattle and the farm and moved to Winkler.

Dad continued working in Plum Coulee and the ministry right up to the end of August 2006 at which time he suffered a major stroke on Sept.1, 2006. In the week before the stroke he visited each of his children that lived close by and even held his great granddaughter. We as his children will always treasure that last visit.

The stroke left him paralyzed on his left side and took away his ability to speak. Although he could not communicate with words he spoke volumes with his eyes and his right hand. In the beginning he did his best to communicate by trying to write and motioning with his hand. He would give us a "thumbs up" or a wave, at one time he arm wrestled with his grand kids. He would acknowledge people by writing their name, squeezing their hand, raising his eyebrows, giving a smile and the occasional "Hi". We were privileged to take Dad home for Christmas at which time he gave us a "thumb’s up" and said" tooo looong". The second time we took him home we celebrated his 73rd birthday. We were very blessed as a family to have a husband, Dad and Grandpa who cared so deeply. He was very concerned about the spiritual welfare of his family. His prayer was that his entire family’s names would be written in the Lambs Book of Life.

On Monday, April 30 shortly before supper Dad went to be with the Lord. We were thankful that so many family members were there to support us. He lived to be 73 years and 3 months. Mom and Dad were married 46 years and 10 months.

He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved wife, Elizabeth (nee Unrau) of Winkler; 2 daughters, Elaine and Raymond Friesen of north of Winkler, Mary Anne and Glenn Fehr of Blumenort; 2 sons, Ken and Esther Dueck of northeast of Winkler, Patrick Dueck and his special friend, Mandie Harder of Winnipeg; 12 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter, Abbigail Wieler, 1 great grandson, Nathan Dueck as well as 2 sisters and 3 brothers.

He was predeceased by 1 granddaughter, Rachel Dueck (1998); 2 sisters and 1 brother-in-law.

Funeral service held on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 3:00 pm at Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church with Rev. Art Wiebe and Jake Krahn officiating.  Interment followed at Rosenbach Cemetery.

If friends so desire donations may be made in Henry’s memory to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of MB 6 Donald St. Suite 200 Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6.

We the family would like to express our deep appreciation for all the kind words, hugs, cards, food and visits. We especially want to thank all the people that visited him in the hospital. Dad was a person who loved to visit, and we know that he appreciated the company he received. Mom would also like to thank all those that hosted them for Ministerial dinners. Thank you also for the prayers, they have uplifted us and given us strength.

A special thank you to the serving ladies, pall bearers, ushers, song leaders and ministers. We would also like to thank everyone at Boundary Trails Health Centre including Dr. Etienne and all nursing staff and caregivers. Thanks also to Rick Wiebe and staff and Rev. Art Wiebe and Rev. Jake Krahn for taking care of all the arrangements. This was such a blessing to us. May God bless you for your service to us.

We will miss Dad dearly but we do not grieve as those without hope. We read in 1 Thess.4:14 "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him" verse 18 tells us to comfort one another with these words"

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.

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