Henry Hiebert

Henry Hiebert

1928 - 2009

On Sunday November 8, 2009 at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Henry Hiebert aged 81 years of Winkler, MB went to his eternal rest. 

Henry Hiebert was born on May 15, 1928 to Abram and Justina (nee Thiessen) Hiebert. He was the youngest of 12 children. Of his 9 brothers and 2 sisters, he is survived by Joe (Anne), Martin (Margaret) and Mary Adams. He attended the Zion school. 

Henry met Betty in a cornfield while husking corn for his new employer, Herman Olfert. When Henry told his own father about his first day of work, all he could talk about were the beautiful Olfert daughters, especially the oldest one! He married Betty in the Winkler Bergthaler Church on July 3, 1949 and enjoyed 60 years with the love of his life. Henry worked hard to support his wife and three children. He started out driving a cream truck for Winkler creamery, moved on to selling ice-cream and then Weston's bread. He became affectionately known as Henry Weston or Weston Hiebat and later, as Kojak! 

He survived his first major heart attack when he was 36 years old and needed to change careers. He felt lucky to be given the opportunity to start a bulk milk hauling business in 1966 and was thrilled when his sons, Jim and Don took over the business in 1983 - a business Jim continues to manage today. 

Another life changing event for Henry came in 1974, when he joined AA. Since then, he has helped many to achieve sobriety, including a chapter that he founded in Mexico. Henry and Betty worked as a team to develop AA and Alanon programs for those who desperately needed support in the Cauhetemoc area. He loved his work and the friendships they formed in the 20 years they returned to keep the programs going. He was always so happy when he learned that someone from the year before was still sober! 

Henry enjoyed life! Summers were spent fishing and golfing with family and friends. The 5th wheel at Point du Bois saw many visitors. He loved nothing more than taking his children and grandchildren out on the boat or challenging them to a game of golf, pool or cribbage. Many games of canasta, skipbo, and tile rummy have been played around the kitchen table. Where Henry was, there were stories, jokes, fun and laughter. Henry couldn't sit still. He had to be doing something. For many years he kept all the fisherfolks he knew supplied with lead jigs he poured and painted in the carport or basement. When he could no longer make jigs or travel to Mexico, he spent winters tying blankets for MCC. He gave each of his children and grandchildren a blanket that he tied by hand. When he could no longer tie, he took up puzzling, sudokus, word-searches - anything to keep his mind sharp. He was never easily stumped! Henry was a faithful friend and visitor to the sick, when he was able. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Don in 1998. What a happy reunion they are having! 

Funeral service was held on Wednesday November 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm at Winkler Bergthaler Mennonite Church with interment prior at Westridge Memorial Gardens. 

Henry will be lovingly missed and remembered by his wife and best friend, Betty, his children Jim and Kathy, his daughter-in-laws, Darlene and Linda, son-in-law, James Kroeker, all of his grandchildren, Robyn and Martin, Bryan and Linda, Dustin and Megan, Tabitha, Rachel, Donovan and Cindy, Nathan and Jolene, Tim, TJ and Carolyn and his great grandchildren, Kacie and Simon. 

Henry's life has been filled with miracles. What a blessing it is, to have shared part of it with him. 

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Henry’s memory to either the Heart & Stroke Foundation or to the MCC.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.


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