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REMPEL, Aron Dietrich Rev

Rev. Aron Dietrich Rempel of 208-11240 Daniels Road, Richmond, one of the pioneers of Yarrow died September 7, 1981 at his residence.

Aron is survived by his wife, Olga; eight daughters: Ruth (Frank) Klassen of Richmond; Edith (Robert) Simpson of Sardis; Hildegarde (George) Krahn of Burnaby; Charlotte (Art) Shier and Ollie(Robert) Peters both of Delta; Joan (Vic) Pauls of Richmond; Anne (Jake) Dyck of New Dundee, Ontario and Marlene (Ed) Penner of White Rock; one son: Walter (Connie)Rempel of Yarrow; 31 grandchildren; one sister: Tina (Isaak) Klassen of Clearbrook.

Aron Rempel was born March 22, 1903 in Laschkarova, Caucasus, South Russia. His parents were Dietrich Aron & Katharina (Matthies) Rempel; he was the 6th child in the family. He was baptized in 1922 in South Russia.

The Rempel family immigrated to Canada in 1930 and came to Yarrow. Aron married Olga Hepting at Yarrow on November 13, 1932. Nine children were born to them: 8 girls: Ruth, Edith, Hildegard, Charlotte, Joan, Anne, Olga (Ollie), and Marlene and one son: Walter, their youngest child.

He was ordained as a minister of the gospel in 1939 by the Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church where he preached and taught a Sunday school class for many years. .

Aron established himself as a farmer in the area, earning the nickname of "Raspberry King of Yarrow." He was usually the first one to try a new variety of raspberries on his farm looking to improve the berry crop in Yarrow.

Funeral service was held September 10, 1981 at the Yarrow Mennonite Brethren Church. Pastor Abe Klassen assisted by Rev. Abe Klassen assisted by Rev. Herb Brandt officiated at the service. Pallbearers were his grandsons: Frank Klassen Jr., Dean Simpson, Dayle Krahn, Randy Shier, Doug Pauls and Gary Simpson. Burial followed at the Yarrow Cemetery.


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