Wilhelm J. Rempel died Dec. 6, 2010 at 92. He was born Dec. 9, 1917 in Rosenhof, Sask. He married his school sweetheart Katherine Friesen in December 1943, and then was shipped to C.O. camp for alternate service. In 1947, Bill and Katherine moved to the Fraser Lake and Vanderhoof area of B.C. to work in the forest industry for one season; they stayed until 2006 when they moved to the Fraser Valley for the warmer winters. Bill was part of the crew that built a road into the Blue Mountain area where he later owned and operated a sawmill. Bill worked hard, had faith and integrity, and was committed to his family. In his long retirement, he loved spending time with children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. His other interest was reading on geography and history. Bill’s devotion to Katherine only grew from the time he tucked a Valentine in her coat pocket at school until old age. Bill is mourned by Katherine; children Fred (Rosalie), Margaret (David) Williams, Justina (Peter) Rogall, Henry (Leslea), Walter (Le Ann), Richard (Heather); 29 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.