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KLASSEN , Henry "Hank" Was born in Soviet Russia near the port city of Odessa on the Black Sea. When Hank was three, his family was sponsored by a farm family and they moved to Saskatchewan, Canada. Hank grew up plowing fields, using horse drawn equipment. Health problems in the family eventually made it necessary to move within easier reach of the medical facilities in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Hank helped his brother, John, and his father, Isaac, deliver bread with a horse drawn wagon. At 18, Hank decided he didn’t want to be a baker anymore and filled out an application to be a printer. He met his future wife (of 69 years) “Marion” at the Winnipeg Free Press Newspaper. An asthmatic child brought the Klassen family to Arizona in 1955. Hank printed newspapers for both “The Tempe Daily News” and “The Mesa Tribune” until he retired. Today, Hank and Marion are survived by Grant and Norene, whom were both born in Canada, and from Arizona, Glenn and Garry. Together, they have 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Hank’s celebration of life will be held on November 5 th at 11:00 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Mesa. 161 N. Mesa Drive. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to East Valley Senior Services LLC. 1220 N. Spencer #100, Mesa, AZ 85203 Please sign the guestbook at eastvalleytribune.com
Published on  August 10, 2017
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