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Rev. Henry Isaak

On Monday September 28, 2015, Henry Isaak (dad) passed away at the age of 91 peacefully at Red River Valley Lodge in Morris. Dad was born on November 2, 1923 to Peter J Isaak and Katarina Rempel. He is predeceased by his first wife Anna (Block) in 1974, and later by his second wife Katherine (Harder, Unrau) in November of 2014, 3 brothers Jake, Peter and John.

Dad will be lovingly remembered by his children Julianna, husband Gordon Enns, William and wife (Judy), Leona and husband William McIntyre, Elizabeth and husband Marvin Gerbrant, 12 Grandchildren and 14 Great grandchildren, and 3 sister in laws.

Dad was born in Tiege Russia, in 1923. They immigrated to Canada in 1925 settling in the Miami area on a farm. Dad attended Sharon School grades 1 to 8 and only ever had one teacher. Dad would have been about 15, when World War II started, and spent those years on the family farm. One fall harvest several young men from Steinbach came to help with the threshing and brought their sister along. That’s how dad met our mom Anna Block. They spent a little time together during that visit, followed by 2 years of letter writing until they were married June 1st 1946. Mom and dad lived in Miami area and farmed for the first 10 years of their married life. Julianna and Bill were born in those early years.

Soon after mom and dad were married, mom became ill and diagnosed with a tumor. In 1956 we moved to Winnipeg to be close to medical facilities. While in Winnipeg, Dad took several jobs, a Metro Transit Driver, and employment at Manitoba Sugar Company. This was followed by joining in construction with his 2 brother in laws Peter and Jim Block.

It was not until a missionary came to visit, and that Dad truly understood what is was to be a Christian. Dad was baptized July 18, 1943 at the first Mennonite Church in Winnipeg. While in Winnipeg dad first became involved in Ministry, at the Bergthaler Church at Sherbrook and Ross. He was ordained in March of 1963 as a Lay Minister and as bishop in 1967.

In 1965 Mom and Dad received a call to become a full time pastor at the Carman Mennonite Church and later in the Homewood Mennonite Church. They spent their last years in Carman serving and attending Friends Community Church.

While living in Carman, dad served with several community and faith based organizations, Carman Handi Van, Evergreen Place, Parkview Manor, Carman Housing Authority and Carman Town Council.

In 1974 mom Anna passed away, after many years of illness. In 1975 Dad met Katherine Unrau, and they were married on July 4th of that year.

Dad loved to help each of us, at any time, especially with any major building projects or renovations, and he loved building Christmas gifts for the grandchildren.

Mom and Dad spent the first 10 years of marriage working at Triangle Lumber and later with Carman housing Authority, until they retired in 1992.

There is much to celebrate about dad’s life, and this is a celebration of a life well lived. One of dad’s favorite verses was 2nd Timothy 2 :15 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Dad’s time in ministry was a highlight of his life. He officiated at all of our weddings, and baptized many of us. Dad loved serving the church, and particular the Youth Group. The Carman Coffee house and midweek bible studies in our home were a highlight. A Dad quote “Young people were accepting Christ, and serving in other churches”.

In the fall of 2011 we moved mom and dad to Niverville, from their home in Carman, as both were showing strong signs of dementia. At the end of 2012 we were fortunate to move them to Red River Valley Lodge in Morris. Mom and Dad enjoyed their last days together until Mom passed away last November 5th. On my last visit to see Dad in June we were able to have dad read a few scriptures from Philippian’s in his bible. We all knew that dad missed mom, and even this past Friday Dad asked again where’s Katherine.

Dad died peacefully this past Monday morning at the lodge.

As a family we want thank the Red River Valley Lodge in Morris for the loving care they gave to both Mom and Dad these past several years.

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