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Stanley "Stan" Herbert Klassen

October 25, 1943 - November 17, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Stanley Herbert Klassen on Tuesday, November 17, at the age of 77, beloved husband of Lona Klassen.

Stanley Herbert Klassen was born on October 25, 1943, the fourteenth of fifteen children of David and Susan Klassen. Stan always joked that it took his parents fourteen tries to reach perfection, but they had to have one more child just to make sure.

Stan married Lona Dorothy Bruce on August 29, 1965, and together they raised four children, Rex (Myrna), Trevor (Heidi), Angela (Jarrett), and Thomas (Danielle). The Klassen house is always filled with love, and there is always room for a few more at their weekly Sunday breakfasts. The family continued to grow with the addition of six grandsons, Mark, Mason, Eric, Ross, Jeffrey and Henry, and one precious, beautiful granddaughter, Eleanor. Stan and Lona celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary this past August 29, 2020, celebrating the deep love they have for each other, and the many blessings of their family. He was a very proud father, and grandfather, and will be deeply missed by his wife, children, daughters and son in law, his grandchildren, surviving brothers and sisters, extended family, friends, as well as the greater Carman community. Stan loved Lona with his entire heart and soul, modelling for his family what it means to love, honor and cherish, through good times and hard times.

Stan loved everything farming and was his happiest when he was farming, talking farming, or sharing his knowledge of farming with the next generations. Stan started farming close to the Klassen homestead near Homewood, and then moved to Gladstone in 1978. Returning to Carman in 1980, Stan continued to work in the agricultural industry, working for Seedex/Continental Grain, Cargill, Shilo farms, and until his passing, was working for Wiebe farms for the last 30 years , something he loved doing very much. He was quite proud that he got to drive the brand-new tractor this year!

Stan loved being involved in the community and spent many hours involved with hockey and baseball, coaching, serving on boards, driving children and grandchildren to games, or just cheering them on and being their biggest fan. He looked forward to attending the games, and when he couldn’t attend in-person, he followed the games online.

Stan also loved fishing and was thrilled to fish the great barrier reef on a trip to Australia to visit his brother. The annual fishing trip with the boys in the family also brought him great joy. Many fond memories were made and will continue to be shared for years to come. During his trip to Mexico for Thomas’ wedding he enjoyed his opportunity to swim with the dolphins.

Stan and Lona’s love were extended to those beyond the family, including many friends in their circle of those that they hold dear. As life slowed down for Stan and Lona, they enjoyed having friends over to play cards and visit. Stan also enjoyed his morning coffee group and may have been known for bragging about his children and grandchildren while he caught up on the latest news and discussed the latest developments in farming. Stan and Lona recently added Bishop to their family, a loyal companion to them both; Bishop was often seen laying at Stan’s feet or riding in the truck with him.

If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Carman Minor Hockey.

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