When Henry lost his father to heart disease, he had to leave school at age 11 to work the farm. He later earned his GED and attended Winkler (Man.) Bible Institute. He worked in the mines and the bush in Atikokan, Ont., returning to the farm for the growing season. Henry and Helen lived in a one-room house in Atikokan through a cold winter. They farmed in the Enterprise area 1959–83, and enjoyed many years of retirement in Killarney, Man.: gardening, reading, meeting neighbours and having coffee on the deck.