Henry Krahn

KRAHN, Henry of Aylmer passed away at Chartwell Aylmer on Monday, October 1, 2019 in his 87th year. Henry Krahn was born on March 7, 1932 to Jacob and Maria Krahn in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. He was one of five children, with 2 older sisters and 2 younger. He had no formal schooling as he was plagued with ear infections all his early life and therefore never able to attend school. He was deaf between ages 8-14. Although he had no schooling, he was always a good provider for his family. One of his first jobs was clearing bushland with his father. He also worked as a farmhand in Saskatchewan. He moved to Manitoba when his sister Martha and husband Dick, moved there. Dick employed Henry in his auto body shop. It was around this time that Henry met Ann Giesbrecht and on July 18, 1954 they were married. Henry and Ann had 3 children: Dianna (Ron) Person, Judy (Ralph) Magnus and deceased Garry Krahn. Henry left behind 5 grandchildren: Shaun, Michael, Kimberley, Lorelynn and Jessica, and 4 great-grandchildren. A man named Carl Hager, who worked with Henry, would often tell him, “Henry, I’m praying for you.” This bothered Henry and made him angry. The man never relented in telling him this. Carl was part of the reason why Henry accepted Christ as his Saviour. In 1968 the family moved to Ontario. Henry and Ann joined Open Bible Baptist Church on November 27, 1977. Faith and church were a very important part of their lives. Henry also served as a deacon there. Henry worked for Mike Devries in St. Thomas and then many years at Tony Helder Auto Body in Aylmer. When Ontario required a license in order to work as an auto body man, Henry could not write the test. The Ministry sent a man to test him by sight and Henry passed with flying colours. The tester said he knew exactly what he was doing. His last job before retirement was working for his son-in-law in the fabric store. Henry loved to do woodwork. He would see a picture of something and be able to copy it. There must be at least 100,000 birdhouses that he built. He loved to watch the birds and he loved gardening too. In 2010 Henry was officially diagnosed with Alzheimers, though we’d seen evidence of it for some time before that. Henry was admitted to Caressant Care in St. Thomas in March 2013, and followed by 4 years at Chartwell Aylmer. A memorial service for Henry was held at Open Bible Baptist Church, Aylmer on Thursday, October 3, 2019. Donations are requested to be made to the missions’ ministry of Open Bible Baptist Church. 2 Corinthians 5:7-8, “(We walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident I say, and willing rather, to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” Henry’s death is not the end. His new life is just beginning. NOW HE IS REALLY LIVING!