Janzen, Diedrich D

Diedrich D Janzen

1919 - 2016


DD Janzen sqIt has pleased our loving God to call home Diedrich D. Janzen on August 5, 2016. ‘DD’ was born just south of Plum Coulee, MB. on June 25, 1919 to Diedrich and Anna Janzen where he spent the first few years of his life. Dad grew up in the Wakeham school district where he attended school for 7 years. Teenage years were spent helping on the farm. He was baptized in May, 1940 at the Waldheim Sommerfeld Church. Married to Margaret Neufeld in October of 1942, the marriage was blessed with 4 boys and a daughter who died in infancy. Mom died in 1963 of cancer. Dad remarried in 1964 to Annie Krebs Reimer. The family grew with the addition of Nelson, Janet and Barbara.

Barb passed away in 2003. Predeceased by his parents in 1950, 2 brothers and 4 sisters; his first wife Margaret in 1963, his second wife Annie in 2006, sons Peter in 2011 and Franklin in 2015, he is survived by his daughter in law Carolyn and her children Brenden, Jared and Keira, son Dick and Carol, and daughters Shauna and Sheralyn and their families, daughter in law Vel and children Kevin, Rhonda and Darrell and their families, son Jake and Jennie and children Charleen, Sheldon and Garrett and their families. He is also survived by one brother; Abram. Dad had a great work ethic. He was passionate, innovative and creative. He was well known for his commitment to his customers. Slaughtering animals (always against the clock) for neighbors, custom work; spraying fields in spring, baling throughout the summer and running the hammer-mill throughout the winter travelling as far away as Roseisle on an open tractor, were all part of making a living. There was never a question about his integrity and honesty in how he served his customers. In 1961 he helped a neighbor vaccinate a herd of cattle. That turned into a very significant career change for him in becoming a “veterinarian”.

Dad sold his farm in 1997 when he and mom moved to Winkler. He lived in an apartment till January 2015. Physical deterioration demanded that he require personal care, and he was admitted at Salem Home September 2015 where he spent his remaining months. With memory progressively failing him over the past few years, the windows of opportunity to have meaningful conversation with him became less with time. A few days ago, Jake told him that it looked like he was going to heaven soon. He said “That’s where I want to go”. He never complained. He stated that the nurses were good to him and that “it never gets so bad that it can’t get worse”. He said that God had told him that He holds him in His hand and will never let him go.

Interment prior to the service at Glencross Church Cemetery and the memorial service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday August 11, 2016 at Maranatha Christian Fellowship.

We would like to thank the staff at Salem Personal Care Home for their patience and excellent care they have provided over the past year.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements