Klassen, David M


David (M.) Klassen

1931 - 2017

Peacefully, on Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 1:50 a.m. at the Boundary Trails Health Centre, with his son at his side, David passed away to his eternal rest; his dream of dreams. He was baptized upon confession of his faith in Jesus Christ in the spring of 1954. Two years later in 1956 on July 8, he was united in marriage to Helen (Friesen) and spent the next 60 ½ years together with her.

David grew up in Hochfeld.  After marriage they spent most of their lives farming in the 1-6 district.  They later retired in Winkler. Our dad was a unique man. One could say that he didn’t “fit into the box”.  The dreams that he had for his life were a clear indication of that fact. He thought BIG in every way. He bought the first tandem gravel truck for southern Manitoba. Beyond this, he was generous, always giving more than what was required, be it in the amount of saskatoons or shale sold, he always added a bit more. But something that we also saw, woven throughout the tapestry of his life, was a golden shining thread of obedience to God. As a youth, he could have gone wayward as he sought purpose and love. As a husband and father, he could have sought wealth and fame but he sought his family. He shared that when he heard a gravel crusher rumble and grind to a rhythm, he felt the beat of his heart. Although he spent some years crushing gravel, he chose farming as his career even if he wasn’t a farmer. He claimed that the farming lifestyle was a good way and place to raise a family. He chose to love his one and only wife forever and ever stay true to her. He fought many a battle in his mind but never found victory until he turned it over to God. Now in his latter years, he patiently and sometimes impatiently expressed his desire for heaven and a new, healthy body. He couldn’t find the words to express the beauty he was going to see; to play a golden harp; to have communion with Jesus and to taste that miracle wine and also to hug his mother, his deceased sisters and father. This golden thread was a gift of grace from our Creator and Saviour. With many cherished memories and blessed beyond measure to call this man our dad -The Family

David is survived by his loving wife, Helen, four children and their families: daughter, Betty and her husband, Henry Nickel; son, Dave and his wife, Anne; daughter, Trudy and her husband, Henry Wiebe; daughter, Mary and her husband, David Penner; 22 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Elias and Helen Janzen. He was predeceased by his parents, Martin D. and Katherina Klassen, three sisters, one grandchild and one great grandchild.

Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Winkler Reinland Mennonite Church with interment at the Hochfeld Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations may be made in David’s memory to Faith Mission.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements