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Jacob Isaak

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Jacob attended Mennonite Collegiate Institute in Gretna, Man., and was a member of the first graduating class at MB Collegiate Institute (MBCI), Winnipeg, where he met his future wife Irene. Jacob farmed in the Niverville area and served southern Manitoba with his electrical business Jake’s Electric. He found a multitude of ways to live in service to others. His strong faith in God was the foundation for the love he extended to his family, church, and community. Jacob’s handprint of kindness marks the globe. Ministries dear to his heart included Youth for Christ; The Gideons; Black Forest Academy in Germany; Menedék orphanage in Bodrog, Hungary; street ministry and building projects in Mexico and Costa Rica; and Mennonite Disaster Service. In 2000, he helped launch CHVN – the first Christian radio station in Manitoba. He welcomed newcomers and served numerous community boards, including that of the Niverville Credit Union. Jacob’s loving care of Irene was the most profound demonstration of his servant heart.

  • Birth: November 7, 1927
  • Birthplace:
    Niverville, Man.
  • Death: April 11, 2018
  • Parents:
    Franz & Maria Isaak
  • Married:
    Irene Dick, Oct. 21, 1950 [d. Aug. 27, 2013]
  • Family:
    children Ken (Elaine), Velma (Ian) Doerksen, Dorothy (Paul) Born, G. Paul (Sylvia), Phil (Kim), Peter [d. in infancy]; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 siblings
  • Church:
    Fourth Avenue Bible, Niverville; McIvor Avenue MB, Winnipeg
  • Baptism:
    Niverville MB (now Fourth Avenue Bible)