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Jacob P. Thiessen

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_0014_jacob-p-theissenJake’s family immigrated to Canada in 1926, settling first in Manitoba, then in Coaldale in 1935. Jake grew up on the farm and attended Coaldale Bible School. During WWII, he was a conscientious objector in forestry camps on Vancouver Island and in the Peace River Country. When he came home, he married Mary and they raised a family on a farm near Coaldale, enjoying 69 years together. Providing for his family, reading his Bible, praying and serving others were Jake’s priorities. His life of service to God included teaching Sunday school, helping wherever there was a need and, in later years, selflessly caring for Mary when she needed more help. Those near Jake experienced grace; his generosity of spirit is his legacy.

  • Birth: February 9, 1922
  • Birthplace:
    Orenburg, Russia
  • Death: August 30, 2016
  • Parents:
    Peter & Elizabeth (Dueck) Thiessen
  • Married:
    Mary Geddert, Aug. 19, 1945 [d. 2014]
  • Family:
    children David (Lue), Betty (Walter) Loewen, Mary (Mark Thiessen Nation), Walter (Neva), Ed (Pat), Alvina (Bevin Buhler), Doreen, Weldon (Heather), Ernie, Richard (Vera); 44 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 1 brother
  • Baptism:
    Coaldale (Alta.) MB, as a youth