GIESBRECHT KlaasPosted: October 17th, 2014
April 17, 1939 to October 13, 2014
Klaas Giesbrecht, age 75 years passed away after a lengthy illness, Thanksgiving Day, October 13, 2014 with his loving wife Karon at his side. (Having just celebrated 51 years of marriage.) Klaas was born on a rural homestead near Mildred, Saskatchewan to Abram and Justina Giesbrecht. He was the oldest of 8 children living in a devout Mennonite community. He left home at age 16 to make his way in the world. Although his formal education was limited, he spent his life time learning and was self- educated. He was always proud to see his children and grandchildren complete school and advance their education. He started his work life while a child as a farm labourer and running a trap line, later he went to work in the oil fields, and operated heavy equipment his entire life. One of his favourite jobs was a crane operator. He spent many years working in the logging industry around Port Alberni, BC; building and deactivating roads, operating a saw mill, a chip mill, doing log salvage and even spent a few years long haul trucking. He met the love of his life and mother of his children in 1961 and finally convinced her to marry him in 1963. His pleasures in life included: hunting, fishing, boating, camping, riding motorcycles, playing and building guitars, having a hobby farm, bee keeping, genealogy, food storage and in later life he became an avid technology junkie. His entire life he found ways to serve his community. He was also family oriented and especially loved becoming a grandfather. Although well-loved and greatly missed his family is grateful his suffering has ended. He is now at peace and is survived by: his wife Karon (Logan) Giesbrecht, his children Owen (Susan) Giesbrecht, Sarah (Len) Sherman, Chad (Jill) Giesbrecht, Christina Giesbrecht (Evan), Margaret Giesbrecht (Mike). His grandchildren, Althea Giesbrecht, Jesse Giesbrecht, Gerhardt Giesbrecht, Rachel Bethell, Jessica Bethell, Ashley Giesbrecht, Makayla Clark, Kayden Giesbrecht, Paige Miller, Koel Giesbrecht, his siblings Agnes Schmidt, Abe Giesbrecht, Eva Van Hill, Peter Giesbrecht; as well as great grandchildren and numerous nephews, nieces and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Abram and Justina, his siblings Annie Striemer, Bill Giesbrecht and Dave Giesbrecht. A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Sat, Oct 18, 2014 (doors open at noon) at the LDS Chapel 2410 28 St S, Lethbridge, Alberta no viewing, no internment. A reception to follow the service.