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Walter Thiessen

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Deaths-Walter-ThiessenWhen he was 5, Walter’s family immigrated to Canada on the Bruton, settling on a farm in Dalmeny, Sask. He attended Bible school in Dalmeny. After Walter spent a short time in Ontario, he moved with his family to Vancouver in 1938. Walter worked in CO camps in Banff and Jasper, doing forestry work. He regretted not entering the medical corp. After the war, he worked at Empress Jam, Vancouver. At Vancouver MB, Walter taught a class of teenaged boys no one else could manage. He noticed Betty in the church choir. Walter farmed in Matsqui, B.C., worked in a saw mill, and did real estate with Block Brothers, before becoming an agent with London Life Insurance Company. Walter and Betty raised their family in Burnaby, B.C. At Willingdon, beginning in 1961, he taught Sunday school and Bible studies. He gardened in Oliver, B.C., before moving to Abbotsford, B.C., to be near family. A reserved man, Walter found sales challenging, but his work ethic and genuine care were evident. Walter and Betty prayed for each family member. His Bible was filled with handwritten notes.

  • Birth: January 5, 1918
  • Birthplace:
    Kleefeld, Ukraine
  • Death: November 4, 2014
  • Parents:
    Jakob & Sara Thiessen
  • Married:
    Betty Wiens, Sept. 2, 1944 [d. Jan. 28, 2014]
  • Family:
    children Phil (Jan), Pat (Ted Klassen), Rob (Diane), Marilyn (Dave Lick); 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 sister
  • Church:
    Vancouver MB; Willingdon, Burnaby, B.C.; Clearbrook MB, Abbotsford, B.C