On February 8, 2018, the Lord called Isaac Janzen, age 84, home with his family surrounding him at the Meadows, Swift Current, SK. Isaac is survived by his loving wife of just over 59 years, Eva Janzen; his children, Jim (Makiko) Janzen (Rhineland, SK), Judy Janzen-Wuerfel (Winnipeg, MB), Ken (Marcia) Janzen (Coaldale, AB), Gordon Janzen (Swift Current, SK), Barry Janzen (Swift Current, SK), and Melvin (Rose) Janzen (Rosenhof, SK); his nine grandchildren and their spouses; his three, soon to be five, great-grandchildren; his sister, Anna Hoofdakker; his sisters-in-law, Susan Janzen and Mary (Jake) Friesen; and by many nieces and nephews. Isaac was predeceased by his parents, Jacob & Anna Janzen; his brothers, Jake (Annie) Janzen, George (Helen) Janzen, Cornie (Helen) Janzen, John (Margaret) Janzen, and Bill Janzen; and by his brother-in-law, Peter Hoofdakker.
Isaac wrote a brief testimony several years ago for a history book — “I was born May 14, 1933 and raised in the Rosenhof area during the depression years of 1933. Though the years were dry and lean, we always had enough to eat. I received my education two miles from home, in Flora East School. I found learning hard, and not at all interesting. Farming was more appealing to me, but not possible, because Mom & Dad’s farm was small, and there was no land available to me at the time. I started working in the city of Swift Current at an early age. I bought my own car, which became my transportation for work.
I attended the Sommerfeld Church in Rosenhof. There, I was baptized and became a member in 1954. I understood this to be a part of my walk of faith, but a better understanding of God’s word came when I started listening to Back to the Bible Broadcast on the radio. There, the preaching of God’s word made me realize I was a sinner and needed victory over self and sin. It was through the shed blood of Christ and accepting Him as Lord and Savior of my life, that I received full assurance of sins forgiven.
God led me to a lovely lady, Eva Wall, whom I courted, and several years later she became my wife in the winter of 1958 on December 7. God continued to bless us with a wonderful family of one daughter and five sons, three daughters-in-law, and ten beautiful grandchildren.”
Isaac farmed his whole life, but also worked as a grader operator for the RM’s of Coulee and Swift Current, in a tire shop, drove school bus, and at Home & Auto Hardware Store in Swift Current for a number of winters. In 1998, Isaac & Eva moved off the farm and into Swift Current, where they gradually phased out of farming and into retirement. They continued to occupy their time with yard work, enjoyed going for walks, and going out for coffee with friends and family. Isaac always enjoyed visits from his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
The Funeral Service for Isaac Janzen was held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm from Fairview Bible Church, Swift Current, SK with Pastor Daniel Butt officiating. “It is Well with My Soul” and “Safe in the Arms of Jesus” were sung by the congregation, with Henry & Vivian Thiessen serving as musicians. Special music was brought by Dave & Sarah Fehr. Tributes were given by Alvin Buhler and Isaac’s grandchildren. The ushers in the church were Eric Janzen and Ryan Janzen. The Interment Service was held from the Rhineland Christian Fellowship Church Cemetery, Rhineland, SK with George Friesen, Jake Friesen, Albert Janzen, Ernie Janzen, Gale Janzen, Jake T. Janzen, Jake W. Janzen, Lloyd Janzen, Robert Janzen, and Ron Janzen serving as Pallbearers. In memory of Isaac Janzen, donations made to Gideons International would be appreciated by the family.
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