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Henry G. Sukkau of Clearbrook B.C. was struck by a car March 9, 1987 while crossing the street to go to church. Heavy rains, nightfall and dark clothing may have been contributing factors in his death. He was taken to Abbotsford MSA hospital and died shortly afterward.

Henry was born February 20, 1904 in Talma, Terek Caucasus, Russia. His early years were spent in rigorous farm life, assuming family responsibilities beyond his age. At age 17 he placed his faith in Christ and was baptized September 2, 1923 and joined the M.B. Church in Russia, he worshiped and served in the MB Church all of his life.

On September 10, 1924, he married former high school classmate Anna Toews. They immigrated to Canada and reached Alberta in 1925 and moved to a homestead near Wembley in March 1926.

In 1933, they moved to Yarrow B.C. They were blessed with four daughters: Elizabeth, Anna, Elvina and Marlene and three sons: Cornelius "Harry", Harold (Nov 1932 - Jan 1933) and George.

Eventually Henry started Yarrow Electric when electricity came to Yarrow and he wired many homes in Yarrow. He was appreciated for organizing the Yarrow Waterworks and served on the board. He will long be remembered for his efforts to save Yarrow from the 1948 flood.

In 1960, he followed a vision of returning to his Alberta homestead which he farmed with sons Harry and George. In 1980 he and Anna retired to Salmon Arm, B.C. and in fall 1982, they moved to Clearbrook, B.C.

Henry is remembered as a father dedicated to his family, working hard to provide for them and praying for their salvation.

He is mourned by his loving wife of 62 years, Anna; two sons: Harry (Kathy) of Kelowna; George (Linda) of LaGlace, Alta.; four daughters: Elizabeth (Frank) Penner of Vancouver; Anne (Herman) Buller of Fremont, California; Elvina (Wayne) Charlton of Quesnel; Marlene (Ed) McDonald of Salmon Arm; 21 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; four sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were held on March 14, 1987 at Clearbrook MB Church with Pastor John E. Klassen and Rev. John Dyck officiating. Pallbearers were Gordon Penner, Allen Penner, Don Sukkau, Marvin Penner, Ralph Charlton and Steven Buller. Burial was at Hazelwood Mennonite Cemetery.


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