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Wiebe, Henry C. (1885-1954)
Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1954 Aug 5 p. 7
Birth date: 1885 Jan 1
text of obituary:
PIONEER BANKER OF ABERDEEN, IDAHO CALLED AWAY IN DEATH
Aberdeen, Idaho. — H. C. Wiebe, widely known and respected Aberdeen business man, died at his home here July 27 after a long illness. He was 69. Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. H. N. Harder Friday afternoon at the First Mennonite church.
Mr. Wiebe was a pioneer banker here, holding the position of assistant cashier of the Bank of Aberdeen for 35 years, and then manager of the bank for six years aftter [sic] it was purchased by the First Security system. He was also the owner of an insurance firm, and served as city treasurer for 35 years.
His service to his church included 27 years as Sunday school superintendent and nine years as deacon. He was a trustee of the Pacific District Conference.
Surviving are his wife, one son and four daughters.
Mennonite Weekly Review obituary: 1954 Aug 19 p. 9
text of obituary:
HENRY C. WIEBE
Henry C. Wiebe was born in Brainard,[sic Brainerd] Kansas on Jan. 1, 1885 to Cornelius and Anna Dyck Wiebe. Here he spent his younger days. He moved with his parents to Hinton, Okla. in 1903 where they settled on a farm purchased by his father. Two years later he lost his father in death and he became the head of the family. He attended Bethel College, Newton, Kansas during the 1907-1908 term, and graduated from the school of business. In 1909 his family moved to Aberdeen, Idaho. Here he was married to Anna Funk in 1911. Five children were born to this union.
Mr. Wiebe was employed in 1910 by the Bank of Aberdeen in which he subsequently purchased an interest. He worked in the bank as assistant cashier for 35 years and became the manager of the First Security Bank of Idaho, Aberdeen branch for six years when the Bank of Aberdeen was sold. In addition to this he held many civic offices, maintained his own insurance agency, and was a counselor, advisor and friend to the entire community.
He was baptized upon his confession of faith and joined the Mennonite church near Hinton, Okla. in 1903 at the age of 18. He served his church faithfully in many capacities. He was Sunday School superintendent for 27 years, and deacon for nine years. He was a trustee of the Pacific District of the General Conference of the Mennonite Church. In addition, he was active in Christian Endeavor work, serving for many years as treasurer of the Eastern Idaho C. E. District, and vice-president of the Idaho State C. E. Convention. His life has been a living testimony of his faith in Christ. His final testimony, which he wrote was, “I commit my soul to God who created it; and to Jesus Christ who redeemed it, and to the Holy Spirit who enlightened it.”
He passed away at his home at 12:45 p.m. July 27, 1954, after a lingering illness. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, one son, four daughters, one brother, two sisters, eight grandchildren,