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Deaths-Wesley-ClassenWith his dad’s help, Wes accepted the Lord at 9, kneeling beside a manger. He found assurance in his faith in John 6:37. Though Canada was at war with Germany and later Japan, Wes made friends with a German prisoner and a Japanese teen. In 1946, the family moved to Aldergrove, B.C., to farm berries and chickens. After graduating from Mennonite Educational Institute, Wes worked in a lumberyard. In his first year at Prairie Bible Institute, Three Hills, Alta., he committed his life to serve the Lord. He was instrumental in planting 2 Sunday schools in East Vancouver, one of which became Pacific Grace Mission Chapel. Beginning in 1955, Wes taught elementary school for 13 years and secondary math and art another 21 years. He earned 2 degrees at University of B.C. through summer and night classes. Wes and Betty and their girls enjoyed summer vacations in Penticton, B.C., and month-end dinners out. His favorite pastimes were fishing and photography. Wes taught adult Sunday school, led care groups, and served as an elder. In 1989, Wes and Betty retired to Surrey, B.C. Wes felt privileged to lead all his girls to the Lord.

  • Birth: January 17, 1930
  • Birthplace:
    Aberdeen, Sask.
  • Death: June 4, 2013
  • Parents:
    Henry & Sara (Niessen) Classen
  • Married:
    Betty Koehn, 1955
  • Family:
    Betty; daughters Elaine (Al) Dick, Donna (Randy) Stark, Tracey (Reinhold) Krahn; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters
  • Baptism:
    East Aldergrove (B.C.) MB