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Private funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday June 27, 2020 at the Morden EMMC. Viewing will be from 2PM-4PM and from 6PM-8PM on Friday at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden. Interment to follow at the Southside Cemetery. Donations may be made in Henry's memory to the Canadian Food Grains Bank.

Henry Friesen

1933 - 2020

Henry was born on May 7, 1933 to Gerhard and Sara (Janzen) Friesen in the Louise Municipality a few miles from Crystal City. He was the 4th child in a family of six children: George, Weigand, Sara, Henry, Annelie and Vern. A year later, the family rented a farm closer to Clearwater. This is was known as the Parr Place. The Friesens called it home for 11 years and it is here where Henry started school. He attended the Cypress School which was less than two miles from the Friesen farm. Then in 1945, the decision was made to move to Mountain City (south of Morden) where Henry’s parents bought a 1⁄2 section near relatives. Henry and his siblings went to school in Mountain City. They had many good memories there. Many a story was told of their adventures, usually unrelated to their academics. This was also where Henry had his first job. He was responsible for lighting the wood stove during the winter months making sure the school was warm. He was paid a small amount for this and Henry saved the money to buy a new bicycle, the only one the Friesens had. Henry had the opportunity to attend the Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna for most of his Grade nine year. His faith was deeply impacted there but the desire to farm was also strong. Henry made the decision to end his formal education and work with his dad, milking cows and grain farming. Faith and church were important to Henry. He attended the Morden Bergthaler Church and was baptized on May 24, 1953 by Reverend David Schulz. At age 21, Henry struck out on his own and rented the same farm his parents had years ago near Clearwater at NW29-1-12W. He farmed during the summers and worked in Winnipeg during the winters at a warehouse called the Archibald Brokerage with his brother Vern. He did this for six years. After that, he helped Harry Enns, a contractor in Morden when he was not busy on the farm.

Henry met Helen Unrau during this time. They were married on June 15, 1968 and made the farm at Clearwater their home. Henry built a house for them and together, they built their life with hard work and dedication. They planted over 400 evergreen trees around the yard along with flower beds to make a beautiful yard. In 1982, Henry and Helen received an award for the Best Farm Home Grounds in the RM of Louise. Henry and Helen were also involved with their community and the Crystal City Mennonite Church. Henry and Helen’s family consisted of one daughter, Shirley who was their pride and joy. Henry enjoyed going to events Shirley was involved in and was always there for church and school concerts, piano recitals, figure skating carnivals among others. Sundays were always reserved for church in the morning and family time the rest of the day, whether that was going visiting, having company over or spending a quiet time together to unwind from a busy work week. Every morning after breakfast, the Bible was read, and devotions were had around the table. This never changed and was done until the day he was admitted to the hospital. Henry did not like to be the center of attention or speak in front of a crowd. He preferred rather to help in practical ways. He loved helping the neighbours and spending time with them. His service at church was hands on. Henry did maintenance at the church for many years. During the winter, he took his John Deere tractor and made a home-made cab for it so he could drive to church and clear the snow. He took great pride in making sure the church was well-maintained. In 2001, Henry and Helen had an auction sale and retired from farming. They continued to live on the yard-site and dad worked for other farmers during that time as needed. After much discussion and planning, they decided to move to Morden in 2008. They were sad to leave their church and community behind but knew they needed to start a new chapter in their life. Henry enjoyed puttering around the yard, especially mowing grass with his riding lawn mower. Henry was a quiet, gentle man who liked to work with his hands and took pride in everything he set his mind to. He was happy that him and Helen could still live in their own home. He was only in the hospital for a short time and that is how he would have wanted it. He is now in his eternal home where there is no more pain and suffering. Praise the Lord! Special thanks go out to Dr. Kevin Convery and all the caring and compassionate staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre during his time there.

He will be missed by his wife of 52 years, Helen, their daughter, Shirley and son-in-law, Jason, sisters, Annelie and Sara, sisters and brothers-in-law, Louise Friesen, Elvira Friesen, Phyllis Friesen, Diedrich Unrau, Betty Dueck, Ann Friesen, Cornie and Martha Unrau, Frank and Jessie Unrau as well as many nieces and nephews.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements


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