Funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Friday May 13, 2022 at Westside Community Church with interment at Chapel Cemetery. Viewing will be from 7PM-9PM on Thursday at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden and at the church prior to the service. Donations may be made in Henry's memory to Tabor Home or the Morden Community Handivan 

Henry V Thiessen
1934 ~ 2022

Henry V. Thiessen was born April 13, 1934 in Pangman, Saskatchewan to David and Margaret Thiessen. Henry moved to Alexander, Manitoba at an early age and attended Alexander Public School. After school, Henry worked on the family farm located East of Alexander on Hwy #1. At age 24 Henry moved to Morden, MB and worked for Red and White Grocery Store. It was at this time he visited the Morden Bergthaler Church one Sunday morning. While the choir was singing Henry only had eyes for the black-haired beauty in the front row. He later saw her again walking down the street and stopped to give her a ride. In September of 1958, a mere eight months later, they were married and started their adventure together. In 1960 they were thrilled to welcome their first son, Andy and five years later Mark came along to complete their family.

Henry then started working at Livingstone Hardware Store. Henry was a jack of all trades and a master of many with his entrepreneurial skills, starting with running a self owned coal delivery service for Beaver Lumber. He also had a long career of doing artificial insemination for cattle. He took pride in this work knowing he was improving the local herds. During this time, Henry took an interest in meat cutting and left for Winnipeg to attend Meat Cutting School. After completion he took a job in Winkler at Janzen’s Variety Store and later supplied Harvest Inn with their meat. With his experience in the meat business Henry then started custom cutting out of his basement. This business continued for decades. Henry also sold meat packages and bulk sunflowers and peanuts all over southern Manitoba. For this he was well known. When his oldest son, Andy returned to Morden to cut meat at the local grocery store, Henry hung up the knives so he wouldn’t be in competition. Henry then began driving the Handivan for Tabor Home, worked for the RM of Stanley for a few seasons, and also at a local feed lot operation. In the mid 90’s his other son, Mark started a Gas Line Leak Detection Company. Things got busy so Henry went to work for Mark making sure work got done on the main line leak surveys. In addition, Henry continued another one of his passions, dowsing, better known as water witching. He had the gift of finding the perfect spot to dig a well and also how far down to dig to find the water. This gift allowed him to help people all over Canada and even as far away as Africa finding fresh drinking water. Dad loved to help people, and this was one way he could help people, have a good visit and make new friends all at the same time. Well into his 80’s dad could be seen mowing lawns for his sons’ properties and recycling metal up at Lakeside Storage. Dad was never one to be sitting around. He was always working and on the move.

Although he had many careers, his greatest purpose in life was supporting and showing love to his family. Dad also loved the Lord with all his heart and wanted everyone he knew to know the same. Dad loved to spend hours visiting and telling stories. If you spent time with dad, you would have heard a story or two (or a hundred). Some of the stories were told many times, but often they got better and better with the telling.

The last few years were tough ones for dad. Not being able to see people because of the pandemic was something he found very hard. He was a people person but eventually understood why this needed to be done. It was during these years that dad became sick. He was hospitalized at Boundary Trails Health Centre in December 2021 and then moved to Lorne Memorial Hospital in Swan Lake in February. By this time, he had lost his mobility, being paralyzed from the chest down. May 3, 2022 dad finally made it to Tabor Home which was near and dear as mom had worked there as the CEO for over 25 years. Dad only resided at Tabor for five short days before his Lord and Saviour took him home, May 8th at 4:15 am.

He was predeceased by his father, David and mother, Margaret, brothers, Dave, Ike, John, Peter and sisters, Mary Janzen, Helen Mitchel and Tina Fast. Henry is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Leona, brothers, Jake and George, sister, Marge Peters, sons, Andy (Tami), Mark (Julia), grandchildren, Brodie (Rachel), CJ (Lindsay), Torrie and Danika as well as three precious great grandchildren, Brock, Duke and Wren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all the medical staff at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Lorne Memorial Hospital and Tabor Home for their excellent care of dad.


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