Klassen, Peter

Private family funeral service will be held with interment at the Winkler Cemetery. Viewing will be from 1PM-8PM on Saturday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Donations may be made in Peter's memory to The Bunker  or Adult & Teen Challenge.

Peter A. Klassen

1943 - 2021

Pete Klassen was born August 11, 1943 in Winkler MB. He was the second child born to Peter and Mary Klassen who farmed in Blumenfeld. Growing up, Dad was an ambitious, energetic youngster, surrounding himself with the animals and pets found on the farm. He was always ready for a new adventure, and consequences were never taken into consideration. He attended the Blumenfeld school, and greatly appreciated and loved his teachers, Reverend Frank Zacharias, and F.F. Ens. One of dad's most enjoyable memories about school was the daily Bible story time where the class would listen to a story and then have it explained to them. These seeds which were planted at a young age, along with the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and attending Sunday School created the desire in dad to accept the Lord into his heart. He considered it a tremendous privilege, and it gave him great joy, to be able to attend church weekly, sing the old-time favorite hymns, and listen to the powerful messages.  Dad was baptized by Reverend J.H. Friesen on June 7, 1965 in the Reinland EMMC. Dad was blessed with many Christian friends and enjoyed gathering together with some the village boys and playing music together. Through these times he learned to play the guitar and developed his strong Bass voice which he would later share in various choirs. Dad grew up working alongside his dad on the farm. He did chores and worked the fields. He also helped with the maintenance on the machinery which he seemed to enjoy. He wasn't blessed with much patience, so if he thought there was a quicker way of fixing something, he was all over it! One of the greatest time wasters in his mind, was his dad always having to leave the yard to go and have something welded. While his dad simply accepted it as the way we did things, dad couldn't stand it, and promptly went out and bought his own welder. The next time something needed welding, there was no waiting!  While dad enjoyed farm work, he yearned to try other things. He bought a gravel truck and began taking flying lessons. Unbeknownst at the time, the decision to get into trucking would shape his identity and provide him joy, for the majority of his life.

He met and began dating Helen Giesbrecht, who shared his Christian values, and love for music. They were married on November 6, 1966 and moved into a small house in Winkler. Three years later, on the day he flew his first solo in an airplane, his first son was born. This slowed dad down, but only slightly, and while he was a good helper at home, his desire to be out and about and his love for trucking were too strong a temptation. Life continued on and a year and a month later, there was another addition to the family as his only daughter arrived. Again, not to be dissuaded, dad believed they were entering the best time of their lives. They bought a mobile home which he could pull with his gravel truck. This allowed him to be able to follow the highway building contracts all over Manitoba, while being able to see and come home to his family every night. Life continued on, and five years later, God blessed mom and dad with another son. By this time, life had steered dad into more of a business role. He, along with one of his brothers, established Klassen Trucking in Winkler. The transition from actively driving trucks every day, to more of an administrative role, proved to be a challenge for dad and within five years, the partners sold Klassen Trucking and entered into a new Business venture. Once again, it was a short-lived endeavour and the partners parted ways. Dad with no shortage of confidence, bought a farmyard and some land outside of Austin, MB and began farming. He quite enjoyed working the land and seeing the crops grow. The family was able to visit on weekends and help take care of the yard and trailer. Farming caused a strain on many fronts and after a few years, it became obvious that it wasn't feasible to continue and the farm had to be sold. Dad turned back to the only occupation which had totally fulfilled him. He purchased a truck and once again began trucking. His desire and delight continued to grow, and he purchased more trucks. In 1998, mom was diagnosed with cancer and life required dad to get off the truck and help with mom's care. After two years of taking mom to appointments and being by her side, Dad celebrated his birthday in August of 2000 with the passing of his wife. To deal with the loss, dad turned back to the open road and began trucking fulltime again. As the years wore on, his desire for companionship increased and he began attending some Christian singles activities. It was during this time. that he met and started dating Tina Wall who also enjoyed a love of music. Dad and Tina were married on March 21, 2009 and settled in the family home in Winkler. Dad continued to truck until one night he experienced a Miracle. While sleeping in his truck at a Truck stop in Calgary, he suffered a heart attack. Were it not for a friend knocking on his door to check on him that night, dad would probably not have lived to see his family again. He was taken to a hospital in Calgary where after tests were performed it was determined he needed quadruple bypass surgery. After surgery, and a brief recovery, dad was driven home to Winkler to recover. It was during this time that he realized he wouldn't be able to be healthy enough to hold his trucking licence anymore. With all the effort he put into trucking, dad hadn't developed any hobbies, so the days were long and the health issues plentiful. Aside from family visiting, going for coffee or the occasional outing, life was mundane. Moving out of the Family home and into several different apartments over the next few years, provided additional challenges and required adjustments. With the onset of the Virus and deteriorating health it was only a matter of time before things took a turn for the worse. Dad was taken to the hospital by Ambulance on January 5, 2021 and diagnosed with Covid. He, as well as the family found it hard not to be able to see each other, and his mind began to falter at a faster rate. Though his body overcame the Covid, his mind wasn't able to adjust and he was scheduled for an assessment. It was during this waiting period that his body began to shut down and he was unable to regain his mobility. Peacefully, on the afternoon of Tuesday February 9, 2021, with his daughter and wife by his side, God took dad home. We as a family feel tremendously blessed for the way God led Dad to be in exactly the right place, surrounded by exactly the right people at exactly the right time. We are incredibly grateful for the doctors and staff at the Boundary Trails Health Centre for their professional and courteous care and to Wiebe Funeral Home for all their help during this difficult time.

Dad is survived by his wife, Tina, son, Wes and wife, Bonnie and their boys, Rylan and Tarin, daughter, Jocelyn and husband, Kevin and their children, Carson and Kiera and his son, Kevin. He was predeceased by his first wife, Helen, his parents, Peter and Mary Klassen and by his older brother, John.

One of Dad's favourite verses was Isaiah 41:10 which says which says, "So do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” We, as a family, have felt God's power and provision over the last few months as Dad battled the virus and progressing dementia.

We thank and praise Him for the way he allowed Dad's last few days to be comfortable and relatively pain free. We celebrate that Dad is in heaven reunited with his previously departed loved ones and able to enjoy heaven's music. Rest in peace Dad. We love you!!!

Private family service was held at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler with interment at the Winkler Cemetery. Donations may be made in Peter’s memory to The Bunker or to Adult and Teen Challenge.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements