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FUNK, Cornelius Frank

Cornelius (Corney) Frank Funk of Yarrow, B.C. passed away Dec. 5, 1999 of cancer.

He was born Dec. 26, 1921 to Cornelius and Susie Funk in Selidova, Ukraine.

In 1930 the family immigrated to Gnadenthal, Man. They moved to Coaldale, Alta. in 1931 and to Yarrow in 1933. He committed his life to Christ. In June 1940 he was baptized and joined Yarrow MB Church.

In winter 1942 he attended the local Bible school. During World War II, he worked in alternative service on Vancouver Island and then on a farm in Arnold, B.C.

After the war, he returned to Yarrow; he worked in the family business, hauling groceries for the store, and in the feed mill. When the business later moved to Abbotsford, B.C., he continued to work there for many years.

He married Katie Wolfe Mar. 27, 1955. They lived in Yarrow. He was interested in history and geography, and kept up with local and international current events. He kept a diary for 55 years. They travelled locally and abroad. He loved the challenge and adventure of the outdoors, especially hiking and whitewater rafting.

In January 1988 he was diagnosed with cancer. He accepted this with a positive attitude, acknowledging the goodness of God in his life. The cancer was in remission for 11 years.

In February 1989 an accident on his way to work resulted in severe hearing loss.

He was admitted to hospital in November 1999 due to cancer; he went home Dec. 3.

He is mourned by Kay; 2 brothers and 4 sisters. The funeral was Dec. 10 in Yarrow MB Church, with Terry Kaethler and Jim Nightingale ministering.


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