Koop, Henry

Heinrich Barkman Koop

1916 - 2013

Koop HenrysqOn Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Tabor Home in Morden, MB, Henry Koop, aged 97 years formerly of Kleefeld went to his eternal rest.

Henry Koop was born on February 9, 1916 to Johann and Aganetha Koop of Hochstadt, Manitoba. He was the fifth of ten children. Although his formal education ended with grade eight, he was rather proud of his university education. He was chosen for a one-year agricultural course at the University of Manitoba and so could make that claim. It was there that he also learned basic carpentry, which later became his main occupation. In November, 1938, Henry married Sally Plett. They had 13 children over the first 22 years of marriage: six boys and seven girls. Mom & Dad had a heart for missions, and although that was the path they were pursuing, God had other plans for them. Instead He brought them to Two Rivers Bible Institute where Dad could take Bible School courses while working as the school’s farmer and gardener. After six years there, they moved back to the Kleefeld area to farm. While still running a farm, Dad started working in the city doing construction. Eventually they sold the farm and moved to BC. They lived there a number of years before coming back to the prairies: first to Nipawin, Saskatchewan and then here to Morden. Although they never made it to the mission field, they never lost their passion for missions. They supported and prayed for numerous missionaries over the course of the years, including many of their own children and grandchildren. Their travel always involved their children, and they were pleased to be able to visit Gordon & Lois in Brazil, Dorothy & Isaac in Trinidad, and Abe & Debbie in Colombia. Dad’s retirement allowed him more time for his hobbies. He loved to putter in the garden, and he loved woodworking. He made rocking horses for many of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as domino sets in beautiful wooden boxes. He also enjoyed reading and music. When he received a keyboard a few years ago, he played the same song over and over: "Meine Heimat ist dort in der Höh". (My Home Over There).

Mom passed away in 2006 and Dad continued to live in their home until late last summer when he broke his hip. Since then he has spent time in the hospital, in Morris, and finally here in Tabor Home. When there were situations that were difficult for him and he was asked if he wanted to be removed from those circumstances, he would always reply that God must have a work for him to do, and he just needed to do it. As much as Dad longed for his heavenly home, it was his desire to be faithful to the end.

He leaves to mourn his passing seven daughters, Dorothy (Isaac) Brown of Morden, Rachelle Koop of Edmonton, AB, Priscilla and Mike Belosevic of Edmonton, AB, Sandra and Gilles Bernier of Montreal, Que., Susan and Gerry Dirks of Squamish, BC, Debbie and Einar Sandland of Ile des Chenes, Eunice and Richard Emilson of Calgary, AB, six sons, Dan and Norma of Morden, Roy and Diane of Tofield, AB, Gordon and Lois of Morden, Jerry and Lois of Francois Lake, BC, Abe and Debbie of Equatorial Guinea, Africa, Tim and Mabel of Gig Harbour, Wash, 30 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and three sisters. He was predeceased by his wife, Sally (nee Plett) in 2006 and son-in-law, Isaac Brown in 2012.

Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday May 16, 2013 at Morden EMMC with interment at Hillside Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in Henry’s memory to either the Tabor Home Building Fund or Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements