Gary Wayne Klassen, 63, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Thursday (Jan. 24, 2013) at Harry Hynes Hospice in Wichita.
Gary was born on July 30, 1949 to Pete and Lorena (Heibert) Klassen in Newton.
Gary married Carolyn Graber on July 10, 1970. They were married for 43 years.
Gary was a graduate of Remington High and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Tabor College. He was an owner/operator in the transportation industry until his health failed. He was a former music instructor for Halstead High School and Berean Academy. He also coached girls’ basketball for Berean Academy.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Klassen; sons, Patrick, Timothy, and Nathan (Jessica) Klassen; parents, Pete and Lorena Klassen; five brothers, Charles, Rodney, Warren, Russell, and Roger; and one granddaughter, Kodi Rose. He was loved and will be missed by a large extended family of in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 at Grace Community Church of Newton. Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the funeral home. The family will be present to greet friends from 2 to 4 p.m. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. at Restlawn Gardens of Memory prior to the service. Memorials have been established for the Medical Ambassador’s International, Hope for Congo and the Open Door Pregnancy Center in care of Petersen Funeral Home.
Gary struggled with cancer for the past six months until the time of his death. The family is deeply appreciative of the care and kindness shown to them by Harry Hynnes Memorial Hospice. His life was filled with a strong faith in God, a love for family, and a great appreciation of music. The family is saddened with his passing but will have many lasting memories of him.