Klassen, Jacob JD



Klassen sqOn Tuesday July 1, 2014, Jacob D. (JD) Klassen, aged 88 years passed away.  JD Klassen was born on September 24th, 1925 to Diedrich S. and Margaret Klassen (nee Neufeld) in the village of Blumenfeld.  He was the eldest of 5 siblings. 

As a teenager, Dad worked at various farms in the area.  This included working for Peter G. Elias of Blumenfeld, where he also served his time as a Conscientious Objector.  This is also when he started to court Peter’s sister, Katherine. During their courtship, Dad either walked or rode his bike from Blumenfeld to Haskett to visit her.  One of the most precious gifts that Dad received from Mom was a watch.  He cherished this watch all of his life.

On August 11, 1946 he married the love of his life, Katherine. The first few years of their marriage, they lived at Mom’s parents’ farm in Haskett. In September of 1949, Mom and Dad homesteaded to establish a farm ¾ mile east of Blumenfeld. It was on this farm that they provided roots and wings for their 6 sons and 2 daughters over the next 53 years.  Dad enjoyed mixed farming, raising cattle, hogs, and working the land.  He also thoroughly enjoyed nature – especially birds. 

Dad’s passion was farming.  He was a good repair man. He not only did his own repairs, but he also gave up numerous productive hours on the farm to help the neighbours with their equipment. There was a time when he thought there would be no need for any tractor to have more than 2 cylinders, but he eventually accepted the change with pride and owned several 6 cylinder John Deer tractors.  His many services to the community included being a school trustee, serving on the rural crime watch board, and   the Blumenfeld cemetery committee.  He chaired the Blumenfeld Centennial Homecoming committee in 1978 which was a major event.  This included giving the Blumenfeld cemetery a face lift with a new fence and gate.

He gave his heart and life to Jesus in March of 1959, with the assistance of his good friend, Jake Neudorf. It was some time after that, he announced that from now on, he would read scripture at the breakfast table, and that continued until he moved to Salem.  As a new Christian, Dad’s speech and demeanour noticeably changed.  His faith led to his concern for the spiritual welfare for his family and friends. 

Although Dad was reluctant to move to Winkler, in 2002 the decision was made to move.  He still enjoyed helping the boys on the farm for a few years, and attending Bill’s Auctions with Mom. In December of 2008, he was admitted to Salem Personal Care Home.  As Dad’s health deteriorated, Mom was steadfast and visited daily whenever her health allowed. Through the many challenges, Dad never lost the twinkle in his eye or the smile on his face until the final days.

 The support that Mom and Dad have received from the staff at Salem has been overwhelming. We as a family are grateful for the wonderful care and assistance that they have received over the past 5 ½ years.  From the bottom of our hearts, we sincerely thank you.

Our Dad had a great sense of humour which was without a doubt inherited from Grandpa Klassen.  This trait is definitely alive and well to this day. There were very few dull moments in the JD household. There are also some traits that at times resulted in misunderstandings. Dad was human, and he had some rough edges, but he was our Dad and we loved him.  We thank God for him, and for the upbringing that he and Mom gave us.

Dad was predeceased by his parents, his sister Margaret and husband Henry M Penner, sister- in-law Mary Klassen of Austin, and his grandson Dwight Jacob Klassen.

Dad leaves to mourn his loving wife Katherine of nearly 68 years of marriage, 6 sons, 2 daughters, 17 grandchildren and 11 grandchildren.   He will also be sadly missed by his brother George and wife Ida  of Winkler,  sister Susan and  husband Bill Fehr of  Grunthal,  brother Diedrich  of Austin, and  sister Tina and husband John Schmidt of Winkler.

Funeral service was held on Sunday July 6th, 2014 at the Winkler Mennonite Church with interment at the Haskett Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in memory to the Salem Foundation Inc. or M.C.C.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements, 204-325-4201