Krahn, Cornelius

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Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Friday January 10, 2020 at the Winkler Sommerfeld Mennonite Church. Viewing will be from 6PM-9PM on Thursday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Interment at 12:45PM prior to the service at Reinland Cemetery. Donations may be made in Neil's memory to Ancla de Amor  C/O Children of Hope.

 
Cornelius (Neil) Krahn
1966 - 2020
 
On Friday, January 3, 2020, Cornelius Krahn, age 53, of Winkler, MB formerly of Reinland, passed away peacefully at home, into the loving arms of Jesus.
He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 33 years, Martha, one son, Frank and Stephanie Krahn, three daughters, Jessica and Dave Redekop, Melissa and Peter Friesen, and Allison Krahn, seven grandchildren, Natalie, Malachi, Bently, Briar, Liam, Owen and Brynlee. He is survived by six brothers, four sisters and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents.
 
Cornie was born on March 12, 1966, in Winkler, Manitoba, to Bernhard S. and Margaret Krahn. He was the ninth of eleven children. Cornie spent a few years of his life in British Columbia before settling down in Winkler, MB. Upon confession of his faith and putting his trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, Cornie was baptized on May 26, 1986, in the Winkler Sommerfeld Church. He met his wife, Martha, on March 1, 1984. They dated for two-and-a-half years before marrying on September 28, 1986. After getting married Cornie worked at Ed's Ok Tire in Carman, MB, then Paul Brandt Trucking before obtaining his Class 1 license in 1997. He drove semi for Farm King for 26 years before being diagnosed with lung cancer on June 3, 2017. In most recent years, Cornie’s workdays consisted of hauling augers and other implements and materials back and forth to Winnipeg. Between 2000 - 2010 when he was still a long-distance trucker, he would often take turns taking his kids along on the truck to British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. We (the family) have many fond memories that we take away from these trips. One that is all too familiar to all of us is the writhing anxiety, waiting for dad to yell and grab our leg just to watch us jump out of our seat, and then laugh at us. Cornie’s interests included woodworking, fishing and boating, spending time with horses, and most recently working on his r/c model airplane. His talents could not be limited; he was known as a jack of all trades and was never afraid to tackle any tasks or obstacles that came his way. He was very knowledgeable in diesel mechanics and was always only one call away to whoever needed his help, always coming to the rescue of his sons when their Chevy's broke down. He was also a skilled craftsman and built a beautiful pine staircase out of salvaged wood that he and the family are so proud of. Dad was a great teacher; he was patient and passed down much knowledge to us, making sure we understood the importance of respect and a strong work ethic. Even though dad taught us many valuable lessons in life, there is one that he could not quite prepare us for, and that is how to live without him. However, we know that through prayer, the strength that comes from our heavenly Father, love, family unity, and clinging to all the wonderful memories we have of him, we will be ok.
 
Dad leaves behind a great legacy of someone that was known for giving endlessly and loving selflessly. He will forever be missed but never forgotten.