Henry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Martha, son, Delmar and his wife, Brenda (Harder), grandchildren, Zachary, Ryan and Rayne, daughter, Carolyn and her husband, Bill Peters, grandson, Tyson and his wife, Megan, great granddaughter, Briar and grandson, Bryce as well as two sisters, Anne and Mary (John Friesen), six sisters-in-law, Elsie Epp, Agnus Epp, Norma Epp, Laverna Sawatzky, Elsie (Abe Friesen), Agatha Enns and two brothers-in-law, Albert Sawatzky and Waldo Sawatzky (Susan) as well as many nieces and nephews. Henry was predeceased by his parents, Bernhard and Gertrude Epp (Penner), three brothers, Ben, George and Jack, two sisters, Gertrude and Selma, four brothers-in-law, Henry Wiebe, Henry Kroeger, Herman Sawatzky and John Enns, one sister-in-law, Mary Sawatzky and one nephew, Marvin Epp.
Henry was born in a small farmhouse in Whitewater, Manitoba. Third of eight children. From an early age Grandpa was a part of the church choir and participated in church functions, including a young people's wiener roast where he met his future wife. After dating for 3.5 years, he and Grandma were married for what Grandpa hoped to be "25 good years". 62 short years later, Grandpa and Grandma continued strong, living together at their home in Morden. In 1959, Grandpa and Grandma opened Henry's Bakeshop in Cartwright, MB where they worked side by side for 36 years. While operating the bakeshop Grandpa continued to participate in the church and found a love for golfing. Often putting in long hours at the bakeshop then packing up and going for a round right after work. He took the opportunity to share this passion with his kids and grandkids whenever he could. This passion for games, and spending time with friends and family often extended into the evening, weather it was a game of Triominos, Rummy-Tile or Skip-Bo. Grandpa was always humble in victory but was known to make a subtle remark; he knew he was the best. Bryce often credits playing games with Grandpa as the "reason I learned to count". Grandpa was known in the communities he lived in as a kind and social man, often taking the time to speak with everyone he came across. He loved to make jokes and make people laugh. While he always appeared to be thin and fragile, he often surprised people with his strength when he shook your hand. However, his physical strength paled in comparison to his spiritual strength. An avid church go-er and reader, he shared his relationship with God to all who knew him. Grandpa's memory will always serve as a strong reminder to be kind to one-another to be selfless when called upon and to always see on the bright side of things when things are dark. We love you Grandpa and will miss you.
A private graveside service at Chapel Cemetery in Morden. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Henry’s memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation designated to Palliative Care.
Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden
In care of arrangements