William D. (Bill) Peters

1941 - 2015

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Born June 11, 1941 to David C. Peters and Kathrina Peters (nee Doerksen) in the R.M. of Stanley.  The oldest of 7 children.

He was predeceased by his first wife Nettie in 2008.  His Father in 1989 and his mother in 2003.

Dad is survived by his second wife Susie Peters, His 5 children; Dan & wife Denise, Susan & husband Brad, Bill J. & wife Eva, James & wife Darlene, Carrie & husband Bernie. 17 grandchildren and spouses as well as 6 great grandchildren.  He is also survived by 2 brothers, 4 sisters, 6 brothers-in-law and 7 sisters-in-law.

Dad grew up in Krohnstahl district on a farm and attended grade school at Krohnstal elementary.  He found he had a bent for mechanics and started his career at an early age working at Wiebe garage in Altona.

At some point his brother built a shop on the farm yard and he and dad began to tinker on cars there.  During this time dad met his first love and on September 8, 1963 made her his wife.  They settled down in the Krohnstal district, except for a brief time when they lived across from Peters Service.  In 1964 the shop from the farm was moved 10 miles west to its currant location where he began his own car repair business.  As his business grew he had the need to build on which he did in 1973.  Over the years many of his brothers, brothers-in-law, nephews, children and grandchildren have worked alongside him. As we children grew up we spent many hours at the garage learning to repair vehicles.  The grandchildren also had the opportunity to learn mechanics skills from grandpa and have also experienced his favourite shop meal which consisted of “yacakede eichoken mat shall und calde shmont, calde wieners em liptons nurdle supe loaded with soda crackers.    And he was always willing to share this meal with anyone who stopped in over his lunch hour.

His business became his mission ground and in the last 30 years dad developed a passion for fixing VW diesels, but his passion for his customers souls was even greater.  Most every customer that came in for some repairs on a car also had some soul repairs tended to as well.  Often impromptu prayer meetings where held standing over a car or near the pit.  And a little booklet called “Words of Comfort” were handed out to anyone he met. Dad never knew a stranger, no matter where he went, he soon had friends.

Dad was also a farmer, planting crops, baling hay, milking cows and raising pigs were all part of that.  One thing we remember clearly is the huge plot of potatoes that got planted every spring.  First the ground was plowed and someone would walk behind dropping in potato seed.  Dad insisted that a minimum of a thousand seeds were planted.  Then weeds pulled and potato bugs picked.  Once harvested the potatoes were spread  out in the barn to dry, then hauled down into the basement.  This was all done to support his lunch habit that I told you about earlier.

In 1979 Dad decided to expand the pig section of the farm and built a large hog barn, filled it with pigs and choring became another thing to do alongside the other farm and yard work.  After chores it was time for a nice refreshing swim in the pond, as long as it wasn't frozen over. 

Dad was a very affectionate man and many times our cheeks and the grandchildren cheeks would sport a shrobba rash.  He loved to spend time with his grandchildren and had several traditions with them such as raising them high on one hand at 6 months old to pose for a picture.  On their second birthday they each received a little red wagon or little picnic table.  And grandpa could always be counted on to have little pieces of liquorice in his pocket to share.  Many a Sunday afternoon got spent playing a game he had made up with the grandkids called “kick the bottle” which had everyone in stitches and singing a made up song “bring me the bottle back” and bits and pieces of “Shall we gather at the River”.  Also it was not unheard of for the grandsons to slap their grandpa with wet socks after helping with pig chores, and the game was on.  As the grandchildren grew he chose to turn the pond into a beach so he could teach them all how to swim, one of his favourite activities. And at Easter time he loved to hide the goodie bags and then go out and give hints as the grandkids searched, he loved to see their happy faces when the treat was found. 

After mom passed away in 2008, dad once again discovered his love for camping and fishing, and would go whenever he could, but life without mom was lonely and he found himself a special friend and on June 11, 2010 he married Susie Fehr, and together they moved to town.

Wanting to slow down a bit at the shop dad took camping and fishing up to the next level, and managed to get a seasonal site at Stephenfield for many years in a row, where enjoyed spending time with family and making new friends. And every fall he would head up to Grand Rapids for at least 4 weeks. Dad also liked to go to the mall to walk on most evening and then stop in at Smitty’s for coffee. Dad enjoyed these activities until April 17, 2015 when he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrom, which is a blood disorder.  He battled this condition till October 8, 2015 at 11:53pm when he went home to be with his Lord.ce at 2:00 p.m. on Monday October 12, 2015 at Winkler Mennonite Church with interment at Rudnerweide Cemetery. Thank you to Dr. Basson and the staff at BTHC for excellent care; to family and friends for meals and support and prayers. If friends so desire, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the Boundary Trails Health Centre Foundation Inc. (Palliative Care or Cancer Care). 

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