Wilhelm Klassen died Sept. 26, 2008. He was born March 19, 1914 in Siberia, Russia to Kornelius and Margareta Klassen. In 1930, the family immigrated to Germany, then to Paraguay. In 1944, Wilhelm studied dentistry, and began a 22-year career as a dentist. Wilhelm married Valentine Klippenstein in 1946. Wilhelm accepted Christ after Billy Graham visited him in the hospital in Asuncion during an illness and left a tract for Wilhelm to read. Soon thereafter, Wilhelm was baptized. In 1966, he packed up his family and moved to Vancouver. Wilhelm worked as an ordinary labourer, giving up dentistry in hopes of providing a better future for his family. Upon retirement, Wilhelm and Valentine moved to Abbotsford, B.C., where Wilhelm spent many hours creating toys for his grandchildren. He is mourned by Valentine; children Ed (Liz), Erich (Judy), Edwin (Anni), Werner (Joan), Armin (Hilda), Sophie (Mike); 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.