Klassen, Donald


Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Manitou Christian Fellowship.  Viewing will be from 1PM-6PM on Tuesday at  Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden. Interment will take place at 1:00 PM on Wednesday prior to the service at the Manitou Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to assist the family with expenses.

Donald (Don) Richard Klassen

1944 ~ 2019 

Don Klassen of Morden, MB, formerly of Manitou, MB, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 12:35 a.m. at the age of 75. He was surrounded by family at his bedside. 

Don was born on October 27, 1944 at his grandparents’ home at 408 Carrie St, Manitou, MB. Don was first born to Jacob and Helen Klassen. At the age of 5, his passion for farming was cultivated. He drove tractor for his dad and was always a big help to his mom and his dad. He worked for other farmers throughout his childhood. Don met Susan Dyck in 1961. Their courtship lasted 5 years until they married on June 18, 1966. This is where their journey begins. Don continued to work for farmers until he wanted to move to Birtle, MB. That is where they adopted their son, Robert. A year and a half later, Don and Sue moved to Douglas working for a beef farmer. This is where they adopted their second child, Beverly. In the fall of 1970, Don wanted to move back to Birtle, to his first employer, who were like parents to them. 1972, in Birtle, is where they were blessed with their third child, Gloria, which they would end up adopting as well. In 1973, dad decided to move the family close to Manitou, so he got a job at a seed plant in Darlingford for about a year and a half. From there, they moved to Manitou to work for a Leon Sanders. As the Sander boys began to grow up, and were learning to take over the family farm, Don moved on to working with his cousin, George Klassen. During this time Don and Susan continued to do foster care for Children’s Aid. Don and Susan would continue to share their heart with many children. Some moved on to move back home with parents, Jeffery Scott, Amik Razzak to name a couple who they remain very close to this day. Some children remained, that is where they were introduced to the last of the children that would complete their family. Terri and Lynda would be the last of the many children that passed through their home in the fall of 1982. Dad continued to work for George for 26 years until he retired. Don continued to try to help his friends in the harvest as long as his health let him. As his health started to deteriorate, they made their final home in Morden in the fall 2017. 

Don was a devoted father and husband. He loved his family and his friends. He loved his tractors. He loved the farm. He was a gentle man, who enjoyed playing alongside his kids and grand kids. He enjoyed camping, skidooing, spending endless hours in the shop. He could fix almost anything and improvise in the most creative ways. It was his dream to own a farm, but the opportunity never arose. He took great pride in his work he did for others. He farmed as if the farm his employer had, was his own. 

Don was predeceased by his parents, Jake and Helen Klassen, infant granddaughter, Kylie Neustaedter, sons-in-law, Cornie Thiessen and Howard Mills, grandson, Kevin Thiessen, sister-in-law, Esther Klassen, and foster son, Amik Razzak. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Susan Klassen (nee Dyck) and by his children: Robert; Bev (Tom), their children, Jordan and Steve, Kendra and Duncan, and Hailey; Gloria (Adam), their children, Hayden, Sierra, Trisha, and Tim; Lynda (Maurice), their children, Ayesha, Halla, Kiora, Neveah; Terri, her son, Steven; Jeffery Scott Goertzen, his children, Sage and Kayden. He will also be mourned by many great grandchildren. Also survived by his brothers and sisters, John and Shirley, Art and Kathy, Willie and Lenore, Abe and Kathy, Rita and Ron, Carol and Russel as well as their families. 

Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday November 13, 2019 at the Manitou Christian Fellowship with interment prior at the Manitou Cemetery. The family would like to express their gratitude to the Boundary Trails Health Centre and the Pembina-Manitou Health Centre for their kind and loving care. 

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements




#1 Brenda Hiebert 2019-11-07 17:49
I am so very sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences
#2 Kathy,Jeremy,Alex and Sunessa Worms 2019-11-07 18:14
Susan Our sincere condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
#3 John & Grace Krahn 2019-11-07 21:13
Susan & family, our sympathy go out to you on the lose of your loved one. May you feel Gods loving arms around you. Do not yet know if we will be able to make it.. Blessings.
#4 Gord & Carol Arbuckle 2019-11-07 22:48
Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Don. Sending our hugs.
#5 Ken Stewart 2019-11-08 13:26
We have some very fond memories of camping with Don. Our condolences to you Sue and the family. May you find inner strength to carry on day by day!
#6 John & Verna Heinrichs 2019-11-08 22:20
Sincere sympathies to Sue and the whole extended family at the loss of Don Klassen. He will be missed.
#7 Elliott Reynolds 2019-11-09 12:06
My deepest condolences on Don’s passing. I remember fondly time spent on the farm with him. Sending our love to your family.
#8 George & Lorette Henderson 2019-11-09 18:46
Our deepest sympathy to Susan and family.
#9 Grant, Kim, Allison McLean 2019-11-10 17:37
Our sympathy goes out to all. Don was a good man.
#10 Sandy Pankratz nee Martens 2019-11-11 18:32
Sorry to hear of your loss Sue and family. I remember coming to your place in Manitou when I was a little girl. Love and prayers.
#11 Juanita Clayton 2019-11-11 20:13
So sorry for your profound loss. My condolences to you Rob, Bev and Gloria and families.
#12 Ryan Hodgson 2019-11-12 06:41
My condolences to Rob, Bev, Gloria and family. Our thoughts are with you.
#13 Ryan Hodgson 2019-11-12 06:43
Condolences to Rob, Bev, Gloria and the rest of the family. Our thoughts are with you.
#14 Jeannie 2019-11-12 10:38
Fond memories of visits on the farm. Sending love and prayers during this difficult time of loss.
#15 Diane & Jason Dyck 2019-11-13 19:17
Our condolences and prayers for you and your family will continue as you grieve and continue on.
#16 Lynda Klassen Reynolds 2019-11-14 09:43
Thinking of your whole family saying your "farewells" to Don today. Thanks for putting the tribute of pictures and music on the website which brought back so many memories. It reminded me of the poem
"Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints of snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awake in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft star-shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

He will be well-remembered.
#17 Elvira Klassen Buchanan 2019-11-14 10:30
Howard and I send our condolences to you, Susan and your extended family. The tribute of pictures and music made me cry as I remembered growing up right next door to Don and his siblings so we grew up together and were always playing together. Don was such a gentle person even as a young boy. What a nice remembrance you gave for him.
#18 Karen Schmidt 2019-11-16 19:21
Sympathy to you and all your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
#19 Bob & Roxy Barrett 2019-11-18 08:57
Dear Susan and family, Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
#20 Lora Dobson 2019-12-02 10:26
So sorry for your loss of Don!
Thinking of you Susan and your family

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