It has pleased our Heavenly Father to take home his servant, Albert Klassen, at the age of 90.
Albert was born near Gouldtown, Sask., on Feb. 24, 1927, to John D. and Margaret (nee Schellenberg) Klassen. He was raised on a grain farm until age seven, then moved to Carrot River, Sask., in a covered wagon. At age 10, he moved again in Dec. 1937 when his parents took up a homestead at Orley, Sask..
He attended Motion School until age 14. Then he went to work cutting cords of wood at home in the morning, and brought wood to the store in the afternoon. He did this in exchange for groceries.
Albert met Marie Doerksen when he was 17. They were baptized, then married in the Anglican Church on Oct. 5, 1946, in Tisdale, Sask. Albert and Marie raised five children: Audrey, Rosalie, Donald, Marvin, and Glen. The family moved to Burns Lake, B.C., in 1953 and this was home for the rest of their lives.
Albert accepted the Lord after attending revival meetings and served his God faithfully. He enjoyed a variety of jobs. In retirement spent many hours volunteering at the Pines Care Home and picking up litter in town. He took pride in clean streets. He also enjoyed woodworking hobbies such as building birdhouses and windmills. He spent many hours helping cut blanket squares for MCC.
Albert’s 90th birthday was initially celebrated with his family, and then again with his church family the next day. On April 15, 2017, he broke his hip and had surgery. He never really recovered from the accident and spent six months in hospital while waiting to move into the Pines. His health deteriorated until he passed away on Oct. 27, 2017. Albert was pre-deceased by his wife Marie on Aug. 5, 2012.