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THIESSEN, Daniel Edward

Daniel Edward Thiessen died Nov. 27, 2009.

He was born Sept. 21, 1921 in Borden, Sask. to Daniel and Elizabeth Thiessen. The family relocated to Newport, Wash., where they did itinerant orchard work until the U.S. government demanded they take out citizenship or leave.

They moved to Yarrow, B.C., in 1928. His parents' nomadic lifestyle must have influenced him, for he travelled around, doing odd jobs and having many experiences, like riding a bicycle from B.C. to Alberta through the Rocky Mountains.

Dan was working at a logging camp in Port Hardy when he was conscripted into the army.

A friend led Dan to the Lord in 1955. Dan married Elizabeth Klassen on July 6, 1956. Dan was baptized and became a member of Vancouver MB Church, where Elizabeth was already a member. They became charter members at Willingdon Church, Burnaby, B.C., where they attended from 1961-1990.

Dan worked at a plywood mill for 30 years, and retired in 1986. Dan and Elizabeth enjoyed some travelling in their retirement years, and the grandchildren gave them great joy.

T hey moved to Abbotsford in 1990 where they joined Bakerview MB Church. Dan read Scripture frequently and he and Elizabeth prayed daily for their family.

Predeceased by 6 siblings, Dan is mourned by Elizabeth; children Carolyn (Larry) Kwiatkowski, Arlene (Vern) Penner, Gordon (Julie); 8 grandchildren.


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