Klassen, John David

John David Klassen

John David Klassen

1938 - 2007

Klassen, John David2.jpgOn Thursday Feb 1, 2007 at Salem Home in Winkler, John David Klassen age 68 years passed away suddenly.

He leaves to mourn his passing his dear mother, Agatha Klassen of Salem Home, 3 sisters, Hilda Fayle of Winnipeg, Helen Peters and Martha Friesen both of Winkler, ; 1 brother, Bert and Helen Klassen of Roland.  John has many nieces and nephews who will miss him and one special niece who visited him frequently.  Residing in New Brunswick is his brother-in-law, Bill Fayle who really loved to get John going. 

He was predeceased by his father, Abram Klassen (1999), 2 sisters, Katie Suderman (2006), Irene Klassen (1962), 3 brothers-in-law, Dave Suderman (2006), Alvin Friesen (2002), Henry Peters (2002) and 1 nephew, Wayne Suderman (2006).  He loved all his brothers-in-law for different reasons but was particularly devastated when Alvin Friesen passed away.

John had a difficult birth in 1938 and was physically and mentally challenged all his life.  He lived at home with Mom and Dad until 1990.  Due to their advancing age Mom and Dad could no longer provide the necessary care for John.  Thus, he began to live in various homes for disabled adults including 2 group homes in Morden where he made many friends.  As John aged, he required heavy care and moved to Salem after age 65 where he remained until his passing.

John loved to keep busy and really enjoyed the friends he made at Valley Rehab where he loved to get his paycheque for tearing telephone books apart in preparation for recycling.  He was proud of his job and it did wonders for his self-esteem.

John’s number one passion in life was his music, particularly old time country music and he listened continuously to the numerous tapes he had in his possession.  Anyone who knew John would also agree that he was particularly fascinated by money, especially collecting jars of change.  The first thing he would say when he saw us was, “Have you got some change?” or “Have you got another jar for money?”  It didn’t matter to him the amount of money as a few pennies would make his day.

John was quite a character - you could often hear him say to family or friends, “Comin’ up ya bird or Hey ya bird!!”  We don’t know where he got these expressions but many people will remember these happy greetings.  Although unable to drive he was fascinated by automobiles and loved to go for car rides and be allowed to “steer” the car on the highway.  He loved to hear cars honking at him or squealing the tires as he waved good-bye.

John, although disabled all his life, had a simple outlook to the world.  Family, friends, faspa, music, money, cars and coffee all delighted him.  He had a loud voice when he greeted you and was even louder when he laughed, which was often.  We all loved him tremendously and will miss him very much.

Funeral service took place on Thursday, February 6, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Salem Home Chapel with Rev. David Friesen officiating.  Interment followed at Winkler Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank his many care givers at 7th Street Home in Morden and Salem Home in Winkler.  A special thank-you to Helen Braun and Marie Funk who made John’s last several years so much easier for all.  All of your kindnesses and patience with John is very much appreciated by all of us.  A special thank-you to Jake Giesbrecht of Wiebe Funeral Home for all his support with John’s passing.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements

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