David K. Thiessen

In Loving Memory

David K. Thiessen was born

April 15, 1923 to David and Helena

Thiessen, near Warman, Saskatchewan,

the fourth of nine children. In

1940. when David was a young man

of 17, the family moved to Cheslatta,


In 1947, David married Katherina

Wall, and they were blessed with 5

children. During most of those years

David operated his own sawmill,

cutting and selling lumber, as well

as railroad ties. He did his own saw

sharpening and did custom work for

others from time to time. He used

work horses for logging and for


David and his family did market

gardening, selling vegetables; and

they also sold milk, cream, and eggs.

In 1970, David moved the family

to Vanderhoof, where he was

employed at plateau Mills for 20

years. After his retirement, much of

his time was spent doing what he

loved to do, which was gardening.

Besides a variety of vegetables, he

had a small orchard of northern fruit

trees. One year he produced over 200

lbs of tomatoes, and in his last year

of gardening, in 2002, among other

things, a turnip that weighed 10 lbs.

David’s devotion to his wife Katherina

was evident in the many ways

he helped her every day, around the

house and also in the ways that he

tried to fi nd a remedy for the rheumatoid

arthritis that she suffered

from most of her life.

David and Katherina enjoyed travelling,

and although his wife was in

a wheel-chair for 30 years, that did

not stop David from taking trips to

visit relatives in B.C., Alberta and

Saskatchewan. They also enjoyed

visiting people locally and especially

enjoyed church services and Bible

studies. And each time they went

anywhere, David would faithfully

lift his wife in and out of the car…

quite an accomplishment, considering

that he was not a big man. (5’4”

tall and weighed only 125 lbs.!)

It was only on recent years that they

owned a van with a lift.

Music was one of David’s greatest

joys in life. He often played

his auto-harp or guitar for family

sing-a-longs or for his personal

enjoyment. He was always quick to

give thanks to his heavenly Father

who gave him life and strength,

and whom he loved above all. He

believed that the Bible is truly the

Word of God, and it was his most

precious possession. It was his

greatest desire to pass the blessing

of this truth on to his children and

his grandchildren, and all those

around him.

David went home to be with the

Lord on November 25, 2006.

David is survived by his 5 children:

Anne (Vern) Zeiler, Helen (Ed)

Utz, Isaac (Luan) Thiessen, Henry

(Linda) Thiessen, Margaret Reimer.

He has 15 grandchildren and stepgrandchildren,

and 20 great-grandchildren.

David was predeceased by

his wife Katherina, 1 brother, and 2


Many thanks to Stuart Nechako

Manor for their loving care of David

during the last four years of his life;

to Nechako Christian Fellowship

and Grace Memorial Funeral Chapel

for their caring support and help.

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