Nick Willems died Oct. 1, 2008. He was born May 6, 1920 in Saskatchewan to Henry H. and Mary Magdelena Willems. He was converted in Jan. 1935, and baptized in summer of that year. Nick began his education and preaching career at Bethany Bible School in Hepburn, Sask. During the war years, he worked as a conscientious objector. In 1945, he began studies at MB Bible College in Winnipeg, where he met and married Betty Rempel. Nick’s teaching career included some years at Bethany in the late 1940s, and Columbia Bible School from 1959 to 1963. His higher education included a degree at Tabor College, and a DMiss and DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. He pastored at MB churches in Dalmeny, Sask., Woodrow, Sask., Surrey, B.C., Saskatoon, Prince George, B.C., and Abbotsford, B.C. Nick became involved in the Canadian Revival Fellowship, travelling throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, and the Caribbean from 1971 to 1975. He retired from full-time ministry in 1986, but remained active in prayer and mentoring ministries. Nick and Betty moved to Prince George in 2001. Nick is mourned by Betty; children Elizabeth, Irene (Victor), John (Blenda); 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral was held at Waldheim (Sask.) MB Church.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.