On Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, MB, John Heppner, aged 69 years was called home to be with his Lord and Saviour.
John was born on December 15, 1941 in Altona to Anton D. and Anna Heppner. He was the middle child in a family of five. On June 11, 1962 he was baptized upon confession of his faith by Bishop John A. Friesen in the Altona Sommerfeld Church. On June 21, 1964 he married the love of his life, Helen (nee Dueck) and together they were blessed with three children, whom they raised in Winkler.
John enjoyed many things in life. He loved spending time with his family, travelling, the months spent in Yuma, music festivals and singing, having coffee with his friends and driving truck. He had a special fondness for babies and many children benefited from his endless supply of attention and candies.
John’s faith was strong and he often led by example rather than words. He served as a deacon in the Winkler Mennonite Church for 6 years and had a compassionate heart for the ailing and elderly.
He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 46 years, Helen, three children and their spouses; Gwen (Shane) Froebe, Merlin (Helena) Heppner, and Jennifer (Wil) Montgomery. He was also a proud grandpa to Shalyn, Allia and Tyler Froebe, Katelyn, Tori and Michael Heppner, and Jackson, Hannah and Keira Montgomery. He was predeceased by parents Anton and Anna Heppner and in-laws George and Tina Dueck.
Funeral service was held Friday, April 29, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at the Winkler Mennonite Church with interment at Westridge Memorial Gardens in Winkler.
Thank you to the doctors and staff at BTHC, Yuma Regional Hospital and HSC. Donations in John’s memory may be made to Faith Mission or the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan.
Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler
In care of arrangements,