Klassen, Victor

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Funeral service will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler.  Viewing will be from 1PM-8PM on Tuesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler and at the church prior to the service.  Interment to follow at Westridge Memorial Gardens.


Victor Klassen
 
Victor was born to Susie and David Klassen on September 11th 1961. He passed away on August 15th 2019.
 
Dad and mom predeceased him in 1993. He was the sixth child of six siblings. Sister Evelyn and husband Neil Fehr. Children Stephanie Fehr Pham and husband Nik Pham and great nephew Leo. Trevor Fehr. Sister Linda Klassen predeceased him in 2015. Brother David Klassen and wife Aileen, children Andrew Klassen wife Stephanie, great nephew Simon. Jonathan Klassen, Sherie Swaan husband Joel Swaan, great nephews Huxley and Finian. Brother Ernie Klassen. Predeceased by his brother Harvey Klassen in 1996. Brother Herb Klassen lives in Salem Home.
 
After school, Victor worked for Jake Reimer for several years tearing down elevators. And also at the oil pumping station at Gretna. He did many manual labor type jobs and also was quite mechanically inclined. He had a good friend and neighbor who took him under his wing and was a great blessing to him. And there were other friends as well which I haven’t met.
 
We received the preliminary autopsy report which indicated a lot of coronary artery disease. He had a very enlarged heart. His left anterior descending artery was 80-90% occluded. This artery is often called the widow maker. And the thought is that this caused his death.
 
Victor, our brother, accepted Jesus in early adulthood in our parent’s basement after having watched a Billy Graham program with my brother David. David led him in asking Jesus for forgiveness of his sins and to invite Jesus to live in his heart.  Victor was also baptized in Rock Lake, Manitoba upon the confession of his faith. At times he and I would talk about Christianity and he would say “I accepted Christ in our parent’s basement with Dave. He also would say that he prays.
 
Victor had many obstacles throughout his life. He overcame some of them, but not all of them as the journey was challenging. We all, like Victor, have our good times and our bad times. I believe that God in His great love, mercy and grace was always near.  Jesus says in the Bible “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.
 
Victor also had a gentle spirit. When the occasion presented itself that a friend, who had diabetes, needed someone to look after him Victor promised the grandmother before she died that her grandson could live with him. Victor acted as a caregiver to his friend who sometimes needed medical help for his diabetes. Victor called the ambulance for his friend on several occasions.
Victor loved tuning-up old cars so that they would run again. This interest also showed up when lawnmowers needed fixing and many other things. We thought of him as a mechanic.
 
Victor loved his nieces and nephews and later when the great-nephews came along, he made sure they would get a gift from their great-uncle. Huxley loved his great-uncle Victor as you probably saw in the picture. When Leo, our grandchild, had his first Christmas in December, 2018 Victor seemingly wanted to make sure the dollar value of Leo’s gift would be the same as what he had given Huxley, Finian and Simon - so nine-month-old Leo got a real child-size rocking chair which Victor asked someone to build for Leo. Leo has already enjoyed his chair.
 
So, Victor we love you and leave you in the hands of Jesus who does all things well.

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