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Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Wednesday June 24, 2020 at the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church. Lunch to follow at the family farm north of Winkler (bring your own lawn chairs). Viewing will be from 1PM-9PM on Tuesday at Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler. Private family interment will take place prior to the service at Winkler Cemetery. Donations may be made in John's memory to Square One World Media Inc.  

John Mervyn Peters

1927 - 2020

John Mervyn Peters was born on October 18, 1927 in a little house on Park Street in Winkler, MB. to John J. and Sarah Peters. He grew up with three siblings, James, Betty and Ron on a farm 4 ½ miles North of Winkler in the Rosenbach School District.  He learned how to work hard, have fun, sing, and love the Lord in this home. As a youngster, he contracted polio but through the ardent prayers of his loved ones, and their submission to God’s will, John experienced a miracle and only had minor side effects throughout his life. John received his assurance of salvation one day as he was on his McCormick Farmall B tractor. His faith took on new meaning from that day. Not long afterwards, when he was about 17 years of age, he was baptized on confession of his faith, together with his brother, James. John married Lena Dyck on September 13, 1953. He was good friends with Lena’s brothers and so there were lots of opportunities to see each other. They built a small house on the farm where his parents lived and raised a family of four children. The house was added onto several times as the family grew. This house became a home of laughter, music, discipline and Christian teaching…not to mention that ethic of hard work!

John was a farmer all his life. He dabbled in many types of farming: grain, sunflowers, dairy, and chickens. It was a life of various experiences and we soon learned the circle of life on the farm. John had a grade 10 education and proceeded to attend Winkler Bible Institute for four years then took some University courses to further his agricultural expertise. John and Lena farmed all their lives, so didn’t have many opportunities to travel, but they have managed to get away a few times. Their travels included: a trip to Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Hawaii (a farm tour, after they sold the dairy), Mexico, California, BC, Missouri and Arizona. John’s hobbies were baseball, collecting toy farm implements, singing, reading, and I think work on the farm was actually a hobby as well. He was on many different community boards including Winkler Co-op, Co-op Vegetable Oils (now Bungee), Winkler Credit Union, church boards and the Heritage Village (as recently as about 10 years ago). He also directed choirs and taught Sunday School, as well as being a deacon in the church. John was not an idle man. He loved to be useful.

In December of 2017, John was admitted as a resident of Salem Home. He had experienced a steady decline, attributed to dementia. This was a tough one, but he handled it with grace. Salem Home provided him with excellent care over the 2 ½ years that he resided there. Lena was faithful with her visits and continued to love and care for him until the very end! When Salem Home staff talked of John, they often talked of how much fun he was. His laugh was contagious, and it wasn’t hard to get a reaction from him with a little teasing. His singing was also a highlight for everyone who connected with him! Even as we video chatted in the last few months, we would sing, and he would add his bass line at the other end. He especially engaged with the bass lines that moved around with intricacy. He had a special flare for executing these!

John M. Peters passed away after a very quick decline just before 6:00 in the morning on Friday June 19, 2020. He must have had a field to go and cultivate, as he did so many mornings before breakfast. He was 92 years of age. We, the family, would like to thank the staff at Salem Home for doing what they do and having a passion for investing in the lives of people like John (our Dad)! John M. Peters was predeceased by his parents, John J and Sarah Peters, parents-in-law, Aaron P. And Lena Dyck, brother, James, niece, Betty Lou, brothers-in-law, Aaron, Henry and Jake, sisters-in-law, Annie, Ruth, Anne and Susan. He is survived by his wife, Lena, son, James (Charity), son, JC (Lin), son, Lawrence (AJ), daughter, Dorothy (Keith), as well as 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, sister, Betty (Jake), brother, Ron (Ginny), brother-in-law, Frank and sister-in-law, Evelyn.

Memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 24, 2020 at the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church with interment prior at the Winkler Cemetery. If friends so desire, donations may be made in John’s memory online to Square One World Media.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements


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