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FUNK, Cornelius C.

Cornelius C. Funk July 17, 1893 - March 6, 1985

Cornelius C. Funk of Yarrow B.C. passed away March 6th, 1985. He was the eldest son of Cornelius and Elizabeth Funk, born July 17 1893 in Tiege, Molotschna, South Russia. He committed his life to Christ at age 14 and at age 18, he was baptized and he joined the Mennonite Brethren Church. In 1908, the family moved to Memrik where he became involved in the family flour milling business. He served in the medical corps for three years during World War 1.

Cornelius married Susie Thiessen on May 31, 1918. After the revolution, he was imprisoned three times. They were one of the last families to emigrate from Russia, reaching St. John, N.B. on February 9, 1930. They lived in Gnadenthal, Manitoba for one year and in Coaldale, Alberta for two years. They moved to Yarrow BC in 1933 where he eventually began a feed milling business. He is remembered as being energetic and enterprising and a desire to keep a clean conscience, to give God honor and to apply his faith. He loved scripture and in his 70's, memorized Psalm 119 and left II Timothy 1:12 as a verse for his family.

Cornelius is survived by his wife Susie, there sons: Corney of Yarrow, Henry and Art of Clearbrook, four daughters: Betty Funk of Yarrow, Annie Funk of Vancouver, Susie Funk of Yarrow and Dorothy Fast of Chilliwack BC, ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one sister. Funeral was March 9th in Yarrow MB Church, with pastors A.L Klassen and H.J. Klassen officiating. Burial followed at Yarrow Cemetery.


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