Klassen, Diedrich

Diedrich “Dick” B Klassen

1942 – 2012 

klassen_dickDiedrich B. (Dick) Klassen of Winkler, MB formerly of Horndean, MB passed away peacefully at his home the evening of January 26th, 2012 at the age of 69. He leaves to mourn Judith (nee Funk), his wife of forty-five years and 4 children: Richard (Kathy), Jerry, Steve (Sheryl) and Cyndi; and 4 grandchildren: Jessica, Joshua, Rowen and Teagan. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, 4 brother-in-laws, a niece, great-niece, and his father-in-law. 

Dick was born at home to John E.K. & Maria Klassen on July 15th, 1942. He was the third youngest in a family of 13 children, and grew up in the Wiedenfeld school district, where he also got his education. 

At the age of 19, Dick made the decision to live for his Saviour and was baptized into the Sommerfeld Church in Altona. When he met Judith, he transferred his membership to the Rosenfeld Bergthaler Church, where she was a member. The last five years, Dick & Judith attended the Bergfeldt EMM country church. 

Dick was never afraid of work. His first job was working at the Roadside Store in Altona, under the direction of his uncle. He also worked for Frank Janzen, doing carpentry work in Winkler. Later he joined his brothers, Dave & Jake, in the plumbing and heating business and worked with them for many years. He worked and later managed the Winkler Feed Service. He chose to leave the Feed Service to become a full time farmer. He loved his farming years, but times were changing, and farming wasn’t as lucrative as it used to be, so he took up employment at Cargill Altona where he was still involved in the farming industry. After several years he left Cargill to build houses with his friend, Dave Nickel, in Winkler. This was Dicks’s favourite job. After he semi-retired, he went back to Cargill Altona to help out during the busy months. He ended his employment there when he was diagnosed with cancer. 

Dick was a ‘jack of all trades’, helping his children with many a house project. He loved woodworking and golfing with his friends. Dick loved the country life, but after his diagnosis realized a move off the farm was necessary. They bought a country-like yard in Winkler where he enjoyed the large garden and mowing lawn with the riding mower. 

Funeral service was held Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 2pm at the Winkler EMMC, with burial at the Bergfeldt EMMC cemetery. Thank you to Herman Kuhl and Eric Lee for officiating. If friends so desire, donations may be made to Children Camps International in Dick’s memory. 

We, the family, miss him dearly, but are grateful that his earthly body has been released from his pain and suffering. We know that we will see him again in Heaven. 

Thank you to friends and family for the many prayers, flowers, cards and food. Special thanks to Karen Schaak, Dr. Woelk, and the homecare aids and nurses who helped care for Dick during his last weeks. Your kindness and caring will not be forgotten. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements,

www.wiebefuneralhomes.com

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