Krahn, Peter

Private family memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday April 21, 2020 at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Viewing will be from 1PM-9PM on Monday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Interment to follow at Fairview Cemetery in Port Rowan, ON. Donations may be made in Peter's memory to Gideon's International.mt_ignore


Peter Krahn

1920 – 2020

On Friday, April 17, 2020, Peter Krahn left this world from Eastview Place in Altona, MB to take up residence in Heaven with his Lord and Saviour. 

He was born on August 9, 1920, to Abram and Anna (Wiebe) Krahn in Altona, MB, the third oldest in a family of seven. Though Peter enjoyed reading and learning and talking about the Christian journey through this life, as it was with most young men of his generation, he did the work that was at hand on the family farm. When the family moved from Altona to the Sperling, MB area, he found work as a farmhand for several farmers in the area. Physically strong and dependable, he worked hard and was appreciated by his employers. At this time, he also attended Bible School in Winkler. When the war interrupted, he served two terms as a conscientious objector, one at Wasagaming, MB and one at Kapuskasing, ON. After these challenging work stints, he returned to Bible School where he met Lena Penner, who was from southern Ontario. After finishing Bible school, the two corresponded with letters, so he moved there to work and be near her and her family. In November 1943 they married, and for 20 years they farmed and raised a family there. Tragedy struck in 1963 when he and his family of seven endured the loss of Lena, who died of a brain-tumor. Shortly after, in 1963, he married Anne Penner, Lena’s younger sister. Peter and Anne would add three to the family, and in 1971 Peter sold the Ontario farm after a trip to Manitoba where he found an opportunity to work in a field closer to his heart, selling Christian literature. Moving to Winkler, MB he purchased and became the proprietor of the Bible Book Shop. After 18 years of building a successful business, he retired in 1989. The ease of retirement was interrupted when Anne succumbed to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in 1991. In 1992 he married Margaret Dyck and they retired happily in Winkler until 2008, when they moved to Donwood Manor (North Kildonan) in Winnipeg. After Margaret’s passing in 2011, he moved back to Altona in March of 2012 to live in a small suite in the Manor of The Gardens on Tenth, an assisted living complex. In December 2016 he moved into Eastview Place, a full care facility in Altona.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Lena (nee Penner) in 1963, Anne (nee Penner) in 1991 and Margaret (nee Dyck) in 2011; by two grandsons and by siblings, Jake (Mary), Helen Epp (Abe), Susie Braun (William), Abe (Grace) and Andy (Edna). Now he reunites with them. He is survived by his ten children: Dorothy Cheechoo (Roy), Viola Virts (Paul), Art (Marji), Esther Krahn, Elvera Krahn (Dave MacInnes), Dave (Ellen), Dan (Brenda), Paul (Margruite), Marianne Krahn (Vic Bartel), and Tim (Dalila Seckar), 20 grandchildren and 39 great grandchildren; by his brother, Ben (Shirley), brother-in-law, Jake Penner, sister-in-law, Marie Penner as well as many nieces and nephews.

Private family service on Tuesday April 21, 2020 at Wiebe Funeral Home in Winkler. Interment at a later date at Fairview Cemetery in Port Rowan, ON. The family thanks the staff of Eastview Place for the high quality of care Peter received while there, especially near the end. If you want to honour Dad’s memory, consider donating to Gideons International or to Mennonite Brethren Missions/Services Canada. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements