Henry “Hank” Wiebe

1934 - 2009

On April 3, 2009 at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Hank Wiebe, aged 75 of Winkler, MB formerly of Burwalde and Kleefeld, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, after a challenging battle with cancer.

Hank was the 3rd child born to Diedrich R. and Tina Wiebe (nee Kuhl) at the family farm in Burwalde School District.  He enjoyed his childhood on the farm, although life changed drastically for him when his father passed away, while he was only 14 years of age.  More responsibilities were taken on by him and his siblings.  Hank was married to Mary Ann Wiebe (nee Rempel) on July 14, 1963, and they enjoyed every moment of the ups and downs of life for 45 years.  Three children joined their family in the next six years and the family spent their growing-up years on a hog farm at Kleefeld, MB.  Hank loved the land, butchering, gardening, tinkering with wood, and of course, sports.  He was so proud of his children, and enjoyed his time together with the grandchildren.  His love of work and work ethic remained with him even into retirement and he was still mowing lawn at the Winkler Golf Course into October, 2008.  This kept him connected with people.

Hank loved school baseball, and playing hockey at an early age and spent many years with the Winkler Royals.  Interspersed were other teams that he played for, including the farm team for the New York Rangers in Saskatoon.  Hockey night was always important if it fit his schedule.  Hunting and fishing were Hank’s other passions.  Thanks to all his hunting/fishing partners who allowed him to enjoy these trips with you.  November 2008 was the first deer hunt that Hank missed in the last 55 years or so, since he first went out.  He was “rooting” for all his friends in the bush.

Spending four years in Tuktoyaktuk, NT was a life-time adventure that Hank had always dreamt about and how he enjoyed the wilderness, the hunting, the fishing, and making numerous new friends.  We learned a lot!

Hank made a decision for the Lord at the age of 14 at Burwalde School.  Though his spiritual life was challenged a number of times, he remained faithful to the Lord and was baptized at the Evangelical Free Church in Steinbach.  After moving back to Winkler, he and Mary Ann made the Morden Alliance Church their church family, where he even now enjoyed being the Life Group host and serving at funeral luncheons.

Left to cherish beautiful memories are his wife, Mary Ann; his two daughters, Kim and  Brian Friesen of Winkler, Kori and Laverne Penner of the Winkler District; and his son, Kevin Wiebe of Abbotsford, B.C.  Also, mourning his loss are his three precious grandchildren, Danika, Brittni and Justin Penner.  Hank predeceases his four siblings: sisters, Kae (Abe) Friesen, Helen (John) Friesen of Headingley; brothers, John (Mary) Wiebe of Winnipeg and Dick (Sally) Wiebe of Winkler; Mary Ann’s siblings, and numerous loved nieces and nephews from both families.  He leaves an empty space for fishing buddies, hunting buddies, Tim Horton’s coffee buddies, life-time friends and colleagues.

Funeral service was held at Winkler MB Church on Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.  Interment was at Westridge Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to thank Dr. Marilyn Day, Dr. Cornie Woelke and the wonderful chemo and medical staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre for the compassionate care.  Also, thanks does not express adequately the love and compassion shown to our family at this time through your tears, food, flowers, e-mails, cards and phone calls.  God bless you real good! Thanks also to the personable, compassionate care from Wiebe Funeral Home.

Donations may be made in Hank’s memory to either the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan Box 778 Winkler, MB R6W 4A8 or Boundary Trails Health Centre Cancer Unit Box 2000 Winkler, MB R6W 1H8.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

in care of arrangements.

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