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JOHN D. KLIPPENSTEIN

Born: Oct 27, 1940

Date of Passing: Oct 08, 2020

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JOHN D. KLIPPENSTEIN
October 27, 1940 - October 8, 2020

John D. Klippenstein, aged 79 years, of Steinbach, MB, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at his residence.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley; their daughter, Sheila (Larry); son, Greg (Cecy); brothers, Peter (Nettie), Henry (Alma); and sisters-in-law, Vi, Maria and Anna.
He was predeceased by his parents, David G. and Susanna Klippenstein; brothers, Leonard, Edward, Edwin; sister, Susie.
John was born in 1940, the baby of the family, with five brothers and one sister already there to welcome him.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior as a young man, and was baptized upon his confession of faith into the Randolph CMC. Dad lived his life centered on the tenets of his faith, never wavering.
Mom and Dad were married August 14, 1965, and enjoyed richness in living and working together for 55 years. In the beginning, Dad worked for Manitoba Mennonite Mutual Insurance and Barkman Concrete, but really wanted to further his education, so he undertook the Registered Industrial Accountant Program. He graduated in 1972(?) with the 3rd highest marks across Canada, and soon after opened Klippenstein Management Services, aka KMS. John loved his work, and, coming from humble beginnings himself, always saw himself as working and fighting for the "little guy". He was passionate about his work, which continued until some health issues arose, and Dad finally retired and closed the business in 2017. He devoted the rest of his life to looking after Mom.
Dad was passionate about family geneolgy, technology, and enjoyed curling and summers at the lake with Mom. They also treasured the many times spent with their closest friends, Mel and Joyce Mehling, Duane and Marilyn Engel, and Jim and Vera Lohr. John always felt strongly community minded. He taught evening courses at the local high school, directed church choirs, and served on many boards and committees through the years. He especially enjoyed his time on the boards of the CMA and the Farm Credit Corporation.
The family want to especially thank all the family and friends who have prayed and helped us through this difficult time, and who continue to do so.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: STARS, or the Sandra Schmirler Foundation.

-Psalm 23-

The come and go viewing was held on Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, Steinbach, MB.
The private family service was by invitation only, on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., at Birchwood Funeral Chapel, 162 PTH 52 W, Steinbach, MB. The burial followed at Heritage Cemetery, 395 Loewen Blvd, Steinbach, MB.

Arrangements by:
BIRCHWOOD FUNERAL CHAPEL CO-OP
1-204-346-1030 OR 1-888-454-1030
www.birchwoodfuneralchapel.com

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Oct 17, 2020

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