Krahn, Bernhard - Sep 7, 2018 at Grace Mennonite Church, Winkler, MB

Bernhard (Ben) Krahn

1932 - 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bernhard (Ben) Krahn, 86, of Winkler, formerly of Miami, Manitoba. Ben passed away peacefully at Boundary Trails Health Centre on Saturday September 1, 2018 after suffering a stroke and a heart attack. We are assured that his body and mind have been renewed and he is spending eternity with his Lord and Saviour and his sons, Lyndon and Gerald.

Ben will be lovingly remembered by his beloved wife, Katherine (nee Olfert), daughter, Joyce (Tony), and son, Eldon (April), grandchildren, Kristin (Marv), Michael, Timothy, Evan and Jaiden, and great grandchildren, Emma and Benjamin. He is also survived by one brother and four sisters. He was predeceased by his sons, Lyndon in 1990 and Gerald in 2018, by his parents, one sister and two brothers.

Ben was born on April 18, 1932 in Wymark, Saskatchewan to Bernhard and Katherine Krahn. He was the fourth child in a family of nine children. The family later moved to Reinfeld, Manitoba where he spent his growing up years. He grew up in poverty and had to go and work at a very young age to help support his parents. When he was old enough he moved to Winnipeg to work at Ideal Brass in the upholstery department. He married the love of his life, Katherine Olfert on October 18, 1953. They made their home in Winnipeg before purchasing a farm near Miami and moving there in 1961. Through all the financial ups and downs, and weather-related conditions that affected the farm, Ben’s passion for farming remained strong. He was often the first one on the field in spring. Ben had an even greater passion for serving his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. This passion was exemplified by the way he served in the Graysville Mennonite Church and when they retired to Winkler in 1990, the Grace Mennonite Church, Salem, and MCC Self Help. He impressed upon his family their need to make a decision to follow Jesus. He loved his family selflessly and went to great lengths to care for his son, Lyndon and Gerald before they passed away. He always tried to do everything with a cheerful heart and a quirky sense of humour. Through all that he went through in life, his faith never wavered. “Jesus has been true to His promise and for that I am deeply grateful.”

Memorial service at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Grace Mennonite Church in Winkler with interment at the Winkler Cemetery.